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Grant grabs Grand Prix Final title

May 30, 2013 No Comments »
Grant grabs Grand Prix Final title

 

Final:

[2] Adrian Grant bt [1] Daryl Selby  11/8, 11/8, 11/9 (44m)

Grant Grabs Grand Prix Title

Adrian Grant took the Reliable Networks BSPA Grand Prix Finals with a hard fought but straight games victory over fellow England international Daryl Selby at the Roehampton Club.

It was the perfect return to form for Grant given his inclusion in the England Squad for next week’s World Team Championships in Mulhouse, France.

The opener was nip and tuck to 7-7 before Grant eased away, and the second followed a similar pattern to 8-8 before Grant extended his lead. It looked as though the writing was on the wall for Selby as he fell behind 6/9 in the third but he rallied to 9-9 much to the crowds delight in anticipation of an extended final.

However, somewhat unusually for Grant, it was soon over in straight games with the second seed closing things out 3-0.

” Far too good for me today, would have liked to have snuck the 3rd though!” said Selby on Twitter. “

“Was hanging on for dear life in the 3rd!” replied Grant.

Grant appropriately thanked those involved in rejuvenating the event at the Roehampton Club, including sponsors Realiable Networks, and looked forward to returning next year to defend his title.


 Paul lindsay (Roehampton), Paul Fisher (Reliable Networks), Adrian Grant and Daryl Selby


Semi-Finals:

[1] Daryl Selby bt [3/4] Eddie  Charlton      8/11, 11/7, 11/0, 11/7

[2] Adrian Grant bt [3/4] Chris Simpson     12/10, 4/11, 11/5, 11/5

Top seeds through to final

Top seed Daryl Selby overcame a spirited challenge from Eddie Charlton to take his final berth in the Reliable Networks BSPA Grand Prix Finals at the Roehampton Club.

Selby was joined by England team-mate Adrian Grant who got past Guernsey’s Chris Simpson in the evening’s second semi-final.

Selby looked to be struggling a little early on as Charlton won the first but steadied the ship to  take the second and then played immaculate squash in the third to close it out without dropping a single point! The fourth was more evenly matched but Selby always looked in control and so it proved to be as he finished off his younger opponent in just under 50 minutes.

The Grant versus Simpson encounter was played out at a furious pace from the off. The first could have gone either way as both players battled ascendency but it was Grant who gained the upper hand edging it on the tie break. Simpson bounced back to take the second, but it was Grant who came out the stronger in the third to again get on top. Simpson battled valiantly to the death, but it was Grant who finished the stronger to set up a much anticipated clash with Selby in Friday night’s final.

Quarter-Finals:

[1] Daryl Selby bt Chris Fuller 13/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/4
[3/4] Eddie Charlton bt Ben Coleman 12/10, 6/11, 11/5, 11/4
[3/4] Chris Simpson bt Joel Hinds 8/11,11/4,10/12,11/3,14/12 (63m)
[2] Adrian Grant bt Andy Whipp 11/5, 11/7, 6/11, 11/8

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