QUALIFIER: A file photo of Cameron Pilley competing in the Yamba Squash Open.
QUALIFIER: A file photo of Cameron Pilley competing in the Yamba Squash Open.

Valley star qualifies in Qatar

DOHA. ? Former Clarence Valley squash star Cameron Pilley has qualified for the prestigious $A165,000 men's Qatar Squash Classic in Doha.

Pilley, whose world ranking has jumped one place to 27 in recent weeks, endured a marathon match against South African Rodney Durbach to qualify.

Pilley's tough ride against the South African went for an hour and finished in a13-15 11-10 11-4 11-7 scoreline.

He will take on Finnish 15th seed Olli Tuominen in the opening round.

If Pilley creates an upset he is likely to face compatriot and British Open champion Anthony Ricketts in the second round.

Australia's Stewart Boswell continued his remarkable comeback from long-term injury when he defeated world junior champion Ramy Ashour to qualify for event.

The Canberra world No.25, who has won eight titles since returning to the World Tour in April, beat Egyptian Ashour 11-9 11-9 12-10 in a dogged 40 minute battle to set up a first round clash with Malaysian 13th seed Azlan Iskandar at the second richest event of the year.

A Boswell victory would set up a likely second round battle with Canadian second seed Jonathon Power, who takes on Australia's Joseph Kneipp.

Australia's Dan Jenson came close to qualifying classic but fell in a fifth game tiebreak to Ireland's Liam Kenny (5-11 11-9 6-11 11-8 12-10).



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