Pilley delivers on world stage
YAMBA’S Cameron Pilley has used the demons of a past loss to overcome Indian number one Saurav Ghosal and help Australia progress to the semi-finals of the Squash World Cup.
Australia clinched a berth in the final four when they despatched hosts India in a crucial Pool B tie in Chennai on Wednesday.
The Australians won 3/0 but had to work hard to see off the determined Indians in front of a full house at the all-glass court set up at one of the city’s biggest shopping malls.
Indian number one Saurav Ghosal gave his team a glimmer of hope in the opening match against Pilley, a player he beat at the their last meeting, also in India.
Ghosal took the opening game and saved a match point in the fourth before Pilley eventually triumphed 9-11, 12-10, 11-4, 10-12, 11-5.
“That loss to Saurav in Mumbai was in the back of my mind,” Pilley admitted later.
“I was very disappointed that I didn’t close out the match in the fourth, especially after having two match-balls.
“But Saurav played really well to win that game and I had to work hard to hold him off in the fifth - and was really pleased to come through.”
Australia must beat England to avoid a semi-final clash against top seeds and raging hot favourites Egypt.