Pilley and co fall to Poms
CAMERON Pilley’s Australia went down fighting to a strong English team in its final Pool B tie at the Squash World Cup in the Indian city of Chennai yesterday.
With all three English players ranked higher than their Australian opponents, the Aussies were always going to struggle to cause an upset.
However, Yamba’s Pilley, Rachael Grinham and Aaron Frankcomb fought hard before conceding the tie.
England’s James Willstrop extended his career-long unbeaten run over Pilley, but after taking the first two games, the world number four dropped the third and was behind in the fourth before fighting back to record an 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10 victory.
The next match went the distance, but world number two Jenny Duncalf pulled out all stops in the decider to beat long-time rival Grinham 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9.
Left-hander Barker then gave England maximum points when he despatched Hobart’s Frankcomb 11-5, 11-6, 11-6.
“The manner of the win was very good,” England coach Chris Robertson said. “James had to play some really good stuff to go two-love up. Then he was challenged a bit, but it was good to see the passion he displayed in coming through. The first rubber was pretty crucial.
“Jenny played a high-quality game. She responded to the task in the best possible way. It was really pleasing to see her beat Rachael, an experienced opponent.”