Bronze for Pilley at Squash titles
CAMERON Pilley’s clinical display in the bronze medal game at the Squash World Cup propelled Australia into the medals at Chennai over the weekend.
Aaron Frankcomb was equally precise to overcome Malaysia’s Kamran Khan and give Australia the bronze medal on Saturday.
Pilley and Rachael Grinham had split the opening two rubbers; Frankcomb came out and despatched the Malaysian 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 to decide the contest.
Pilley, the world number 14, put the third seeds into the lead with a commanding 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 win over Asyraf Azan.
But world number one Nicol David then beat Grinham 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 to level the tie.
In a convincing performance in the decider, the UK-based Frankcomb outplayed Khan 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 to put Australia in the medals.
“It was an excellent team performance,” Australian coach Byron Davis said.
“Cameron gave us a good start and didn’t give his opponent a chance, and Rachael played well, particularly after a series of tough matches through the week.
“But the performer of the day was Aaron, who came back from his tough battle with (world number three) Karim Darwish yesterday to play extremely well under pressure.
“It was an absolutely clinical performance. We’re really happy – it’s a prestigious event and we’re delighted with the bronze.”
Top seeds Egypt clinched gold with a 2-0 win over the second-ranked England team.
Prefix denotes seeding: Final 1-Egypt bt 2-England 2-0, Ramy Ashour bt James Willstrop 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 Raneem El Weleily bt Jenny Duncalf 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-1
Bronze medal play-off
3-Australia bt 5-Malaysia 2-1 Cameron Pilley bt Asyraf Azan 11-4, 11-5, 11-4 Rachael Grinham lost to Nicol David 8-11, 3-11, 5-11 Aaron Frankcomb bt Kamran Khan 11-6, 11-6, 11-3