KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Sept 98 (Bernama):

Dubbed as "Dad's Army", the veteran Singaporeans have represented their country for more than two decades.

Today, Zainal and Hill played Gareth Davies and Matthew Benjamin of Wales, in the squash championship of the 16th Commonwealth Games at Bukit Jalil here.

Abidin and Hill are the joint ninth seeds. However, reputations did not matter on court as the Welsh pair won in straight games 15-7, 15-11.

Another Singapore player, who has been in the squash circuit just as long, is Mah Li Lian, a four-time winner of the Asian senior ladies' title.

She is partnering Millie Moy in the women's doubles event.

They played Sue Wright and Cassie Jackman of England, the runners-up in the inaugural world doubles in Hong Kong last December.

The Singapore pair were outplayed 5-15 in the first game, but performed much better in the second game before losing 12-15.

It was again a case of the young beating the old.