ENGLAND SHINE IN DOUBLES CLASH
By Zabidi Osman/Zaiful Mohd Ariffin
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) -- England won
two of the three doubles gold medals at stake in
the 16th Commonwealth Games squash competition
England came back strongly to claim the women's
doubles and men's doubles titles after losing the
mixed doubles gold to the Australians in the
first final of the day.
Australia's Craig Rowland/Michelle Martin had
earlier upstaged favourites Simon Parke/Suzanne
Horner of England 15-4, 15-7 in the mixed doubles
final to go two up over the English team.
Michelle had won the women's singles gold medal
In the women's doubles final, Sue Wright/Cassie
Jackman stopped the Australian onslaught when
they beat Robyn Cooper/Rachael Grinham 15-10,
15-12 to take the title.
They picked the first squash gold for England
with the win before compatriots Paul Johnson/Mark
Chaloner followed suit with their victory in the
The much anticipated final however turned out to
be a dull affair with the fourth seeds
surprisingly having an easy outing, thrashing
third seeds Rodney Eyles/Byron Davis 15-8, 15-4.
The Australians yesterday caused the biggest
upset when they outplayed world doubles champions
and top seeds Chris Walker/Mark Cairn in the
The fourth seeded English pair were obviously
under pressure to pick up the gold following the
unexpected exit of Walker/Cairns, but came
strongly to wrap up the match in over 36 minutes.
They raced to a 10-3 lead in the first game
before some lapses of concentration enabled their
opponents to close the gap to 8-13, however they
stormed back to end the game 15-8.
It was a one way race to the finish in the second
game which took only 16 minutes with the
Englishmen wrapping it up 15-4.
"It is time to celebrate...to win a gold
medal in the Games is like a dream comes
true," said Chaloner.
In the mixed doubles final, Australians Craig
Rowland partnered Michelle Martin to upstage
favourites Simon Parke/Suzanne Horner of England
"It is fantastic to win the second
medal," says Michelle after the match.
She won the singles gold medal on Wednesday after
defeating fellow Australian and the world number
one Sarah Fitz-Gerald.
"We played well together...i'm getting the
feel for the doubles," she added.
Australia led the medal tally with two gold,
three silver and a bronze followed by England
with two gold, one silver and four bronze.
The gold medal in the men's singles went to world
number one, Peter Nicol of Scotland. -- BERNAMA