Cameron Pilley (left) in action against England's Daryl Selby in the Qatar Classic quarter-finals in Doha.
Cameron Pilley (left) in action against England's Daryl Selby in the Qatar Classic quarter-finals in Doha. Contributed

Pilley bows out of Qatar Classic in quarter-finals

SQUASH: Yamba's Cameron Pilley has made a shock exit from the Qatar Classic after falling to World No. 19 England's Daryl Selby in the quarter-finals.

A good friend of Pilley's, Selby has become a bit of a bogey opponent for the Australian No. 1 holding a 6-1 advantage in their head-to-head record.

The Brit was tactically astute and chose his shots well to edge a tight opener, before Pilley looked to be struggling to move properly in game two, with the number eight seed salvaging just one point amidst an onslaught from Selby.

Pilley recovered in game three to halve the deficit, but Selby fought back in the fourth and overturned a game ball to send Pilley out courtesy of an 11-9, 11-1, 8-11, 12-10 victory in the Englishman's favour.

"The first was a big game for both of us, and once I won it I wanted to get a good start in the second and he dropped off at the same time,” said Selby.

"It was sort of a false game in a way, it was a weird game. Because of how easy it was, I sort of lost my momentum and him at 2-0 down obviously wanted to come out firing.

"I knew he was going to do it but, I didn't respond quick enough and he got away in the third. I wanted to make the last bit of it hard for him to give me a bit of momentum in the fourth, which it did.”

Yamba's squash sensation, who saw his world ranking slip this month to 14th after consecutive first round exits earlie this month, will now need to regroup before the $70,000 AJ Bell British Squash Grand Prix next month.

Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [8] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1: 11-9, 11-1, 8-11, 12-10 (70m)



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