TODAY at the Namur Legends
Sun 27th, Final
David Palmer bt Peter Nicol
10/11, 11/4, 11/7, 11/7
Palmer beat Nicol in four after losing first 11/10. Quality
battle but too young & too good combination prevailed!
Simon Parke bt Martin Heath 11/9, 9/11, 11/9
Palmer claims Namur Legends Trophy
David Palmer claimed the Namur Legends of Squash 2012
title by beating Peter Nicol in the climax of the new Legends
tournament in the Belgium city of Namur.
Two-time World Champion Palmer lost the opening game to his
equally legendary opponent, losing out in a nail-biting
tiebreak, but from the second game onwards Palmer upped the
tempo and dominated the middle of the court. Nicol, who won
everything the sport has to offer, was unable to find an answer
to the powerful play of the only recently retired Aussie, who
lived most of his professional career in Belgium, resulting in a
10/11, 11/4, 11/7, 11/7 score-line.
Englishman Simon Parke secured third place in a high quality
field, beating Scot Martin Heath in a best-of-three 3rd/4th
Play-Off match: 11/9, 9/11, 11/9.
The four first round losers, John White, Lee Beachill, Derek
Ryan and Tim Garner, entertained the crowd on the final day of
the Namur Legends event in the southern part of Belgium with an
action packed and fun filled doubles exhibition match.
Sat 26th, Semi-Finals
David Palmer bt
11/6, 11/8, 11/9
Peter Nicol bt Martin Heath
11/7, 6/11, 11/4, 11/7
Lee Beachill bt Derek Ryan
9/11, 11/9, 11/8
John White bt Tim Garner
New versus old in Namur Legends final
Legends 'new boy' David Palmer will take on Peter
Nicol, the most experienced legend of all, in the Namur
Legends of Squash final.
Palmer, the two-time World Open and four-time British Open
champion, recorded another straight-games win to get past Simon
Parke in the semi-finals, while Nicol, winner of everything the
sport has to offer and world number one for over six years, beat
Scot Martin Heath in four games to reach the final.
Palmer and Nicol met 22 times in their professional careers,
with Nicol taking the spoils on 14 occasions, most famously in
the 2006 Commonwealth Games final on Palmer's home soil in
Parke, former world number 3, will take on Heath, a former world
number 4, in the 3rd/4th place match, whilst big-hitting John
White faces newcomer Lee Beachill to determine who will finish
in fifth spot. Many-time Irish champion Derek Ryan will play
co-organiser Tim Garner in the first Play-Off match of the day
with the winner avoiding last place.
Fri 25th, Quarter-Finals
David Palmer bt
11/7, 11/8, 11/10
Simon Parke bt Lee Beachill 10/11, 11/6, 11/10, 10/11,
Peter Nicol bt
11/6, 11/10, 7/11, 11/5
Martin Heath bt John White
9/11, 11/10, 2/11, 11/6, 11/8
Baptism of fire
in as a late replacement for the injured Jonathon Power, former
world number one Lee Beachill made his Legends debut as
the Namur Legends of Squash kicked off in Belgium, and it was a
baptism of fire as he went down in a gruelling five-setter to
fellow Yorkshireman Simon Parke, three of the games going
the full distance before Parke took the decider 11/5.
"Welcome to the Legends Tour Mr Lee," tweeted Tim Garner.
In the semi-finals Parke will meet top seed David Palmer,
who made easier work of his own Legends debut with a
straight-games win over Derek Ryan, although the tall
Irishman was getting closer game by game, losing out on
sudden-death in the third.
"Palmer in 4. Solid start for the new boy," was the Garner
In the bottom half of the draw, which had a distinctly Scottish
flavour, Peter Nicol overcame his Eventis partner Tim Garner in
four games and Martin Heath came from 2/1 down to beat
Aussie-Scot John White in five.
"Winning streak over," added Garner, "Peter tucked me up in 4."