• CLIC Sargent • PSA Squash Classic 2015 • 19-24 Oct, St George's Hill •






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Sat 24-Oct, Day SIX:

"Battle of the sexes "Exhibition
   Yathreb Adel 3-1 Alex Couch   11/8, 11/7, 3/11, 11/9


 [2] Chris Simpson (
Eng) 3-1 [1] Daryl Selby (Eng)
                11/8, 11/2, 9/11, 11/1 (67m)

Simpson beats top seed Selby to become first Clic Sargent Champion

The final was between the top two seeds, and it was Chris Simpson who took the spoils, beating Daryl Selby for the first time in seven attempts to become the inaugural CLIC Sargent PSA Classic champion.

After taking a close opening game Simpson raced through the second and led 8-5 in the third only to see Selby fight back to reduce the deficit.

It was one way traffic in the fourth though as Simpson took the game 11-1 to claim his 9th and biggest title to date.

"This is definitely the best I played all week, I saved my best squash for the final!" said a delighted winner.

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[2] Chris Simpson (Eng) 3-1 [1] Daryl Selby (Eng) 11/8, 11/2, 9/11, 11/1 (67m)


Like our MC Danny Lee stated, Chris had to play some attritional squash at times, but to break Daryl up, that’s what it takes.

Not sure what Chris does to his opponents, but it seems he squeezes errors out of them rather nicely, 17 for Daryl today.

Of all the years I’ve seen Daryl play, that is a first. Daryl admitted – reluctantly – that he was not maybe at 100%, but immediately stressed that it wasn’t taking anything away from Chris. “I didn’t have the patience I needed to break him down, and that’s why I clipped I don’t know how many tins!”

I know. 17. 5, 5, 5, and 2. .. Against 0, 0, 2 and 1 for Chris…

First game started very well for Chris, 4/1, 7/4, but Daryl, patiently, relentlessly, found a better balance between the front and the back, frustrating Chris a bit, 7/7. A few stunning rallies, 9/7 for Chris, a great attacking squash from Daryl, 8/9, but a backhand low drive for Chris, and a tin for Daryl, and it’s 11/8 for the Guernsey HardToBeat man.

The second, Daryl never really showed up, 11/2 for Chris in no time at all. And it looked like an easy three love in sight for Simpson. That was not counting on Daryl’s determination…

3/1 Daryl, then 3/3. Chris gets Daryl at the wrong end of very long rallies, 8/5.

But experience, will and a dog with a bon attitude from Daryl – also pride as his wife Lucy, mum Karen and two kids Noah and Harrison were watching the match – allow him to score 5 points in a row, 10/8, to take the game 11/9!

But that’s all Daryl had left in the tank, and the 4th is like the 2nd, with Chris dominating from start to finish, 11/1 to Chris, who won absolutely flying with joy at the end, bless his Guernsey Heart…

I kept my best squash for the final!
I beat him once, not in an official tournament, Cleethorpes, a few weeks ago, although he had a bad week, and a heavy training with the squad, it still gave me confidence I could beat him.

This is definitely the best I played all week, I saved my best squash for the final! Apart from a few nerves in the 3rd that it. My shots were more severe than the previous matches, even if I couldn’t win the points quickly, but then again, you can never win points quickly against Daryl.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was such a fair match, even when there was contact, we both tried to play the ball throughout, calling every ball. I think it was a good reflection on squash.

I need to thank a few people.

During the past months, I kept working with DP [David Pearson], but I am also now working with Neil Guirey and David Campion, who not only helped me from a squash point of view, because they are such great coaches, but also with the mental side of things, because of the belief they have in me…

Chris Simpson

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