In the semi-finals it was the two Division A teams who emerged victorious, Nottingham securing a place in the final with a 4-1 home win over Chichester, while Leicester beat defending champions Surrey 4-1 on their own turf to set up the first all-Northern final since 2009.
They meet at the National Squash Centre in Manchester on Tue 30th May to decide who will become the twelfth champions since the league was rebranded the PSL.
Both teams will be appearing in the PSL final for the first time, although Leicester’s players will be more familiar with the atmosphere, many of them having appeared in Duffield colours in previous finals.
Nick Matthew leads the Nottingham lineup, his last appearance in the final was in 2013 and 2014 for Duffield, and the three time world champion will want to put those two losses behind him. Declan James and Richie Fallows were in the Duffield team that won the title in 2015 (Matthew was injured). They’ll be playing at number #2 and #3 Adam Murrills at #4 for Nottingham. Another ex-Duffield regular Millie Tomlinson plays in the ladies’ match for Nottingham.
Tomlinson plays Emily Whitlock in what promises to be a tense opening match, while James, Fallows and Murrills meet Leicester regulars George Parker, Mark Fuller and Darren Lewis.
Leicester’s leader is Daryl Selby, who has a better record against Matthew than most, including his epic 2011 Nationals Finals victory.
On rankings Nottingham will start favourites in four of the five ties, but this isn’t on paper, this is the PSL Final – and the two league meetings between the sides this season both finished 3-2 to the home team!
It’s sure to be a great night of world class squash with plenty of skill, determination and emotion on show – you don’t want to miss it, tickets are available now …
Nick Matthew v Daryl Selby 2nd on, Glass
Declan James v George Parker 3rd on, Glass
Richie Fallows v Mark Fuller 2nd on, C4
Adam Murrills v Darren Lewis 1st on, C4
Millie Tomlinson v Emily Whitlock 1st on, Glass
For a night of top class squash at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, book now –
tickets are £10 (sidewall) or £15 (backwall), half price for U16s.