Grand Prix Finals 2014
Fri 30th, Finals:
An upset in the women’s final as Jackyn Hawkes beats Alison Waters 3/2, while Daryl Selby beats Adrian Grant 3/1 in a reversal of last year’s final.
 Daryl Selby 3-1  Adrian Grant 11/5, 11/6, 4/11, 11/7
Paul Lindsay reports
Daryl’s delight at Grand Prix Title
Daryl Selby took the Reliable Networks BSPA Grand Prix Finals with a hard fought victory over fellow England international Adrian Grant at the Roehampton Club.
A repeat of the 2013 Final it was Daryl who started quickly racing to 4-0 lead and this proved enough of a cushion to take the 1st 11/5. The 2nd game started closely as Adrian looked like he was now getting himself into the match but a 5/2 lead was soon to disappear as Daryl took control to go 8/5 with a mix of determined rallying and wonderful shot making.
There was no answer to this from Adrian in the 2nd and Daryl took the game 11/6 and a 2-0 lead. The 3rd was a different story, Adrian looking focused and using his short kill shots to good effect, reeling off 6 points in a row to go 9/2 up, and some unforced errors from Daryl gave Adrian the game 11/4 and hopes to retain his title.
Into the 4th and both pushed early to find an advantage, Adrian seeming more confident hitting some wonderful winners to go 3/2 up, but Daryl stayed patient and his retrieving combined with his excellent shot making gave him an 8/3 lead. A spirited effort from Adrian to get back to 7/8 but Daryl took control and closed out the game and match 11/7 taking the title. They both now prepare with the England Squad for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Daryl appropriately thanked those involved in the event at the Roehampton Club, including sponsors Reliable Networks, and looked forward to returning next year to defend the title.
Jaclyn takes Grand Prix Title
Jaclyn Kemp was clearly happy with her performance to win the Reliable Networks BSPA Grand Prix Finals in a tough 5 game victory over Alison Waters.
A fast start from Ali in the 1st racing to a 5/1 lead gave Jaclyn little time to settle, although Jaclyn was moving well and battling to get back into the game Ali took the first 11/6. The 2nd seemed to be a repeat of the 1st game as Ali led 5/1 but Jaclyn was now moving well, hitting good length and using her boast at the right time to take control to go 8/5 up. The excellent play continued but Jaclyn held on to take the 2nd game 11/9.
The 3rd was nip and tuck as both players tired to take control and much to the crowds surprise Jaclyn took the lead 8/5 and remained there taking the 3rd 11/8. The 4thagain was nip and tuck with the crowd applauding the squash on show, 3/3 became 6/6 then 9/9 and Ali dug deep to take the game 11/9 and force a decider.
The 5th proved to be one-sided as Ali could not find a way into the game, Jaclyn was relentless in her determination to retrieve every ball and move Ali around the court. A ‘no let’ call at 6/2 seemed to take the stuffing from a tired Ali as her errors increased and Jaclyn closed out the game and match deservedly 11/4.
Jaclyn was clearly delighted with the win telling the crowd how much more she is enjoying playing without any pressure on her since her retirement from the Professional tour ‘thanking Roehampton Club and Reliable Networks’ for the tournament.
Thu 29th, Semi-Finals:
Alison Waters bt Carrie Ramsey 3-0 (11/3, 11/4, 11/6)
Ali imposed her attacking intentions form the outset, taking the ball early and keeping Carrie at the back of the court taking the first game 11/3. For all of Carrie’s efforts this set the tone for the match allowing Ali to use her attacking volley winners with great effect and Ali took a 2-0 lead. The 3rd game was closer with Carrie taking an early lead 5/3, bringing the ball in shorter with deserved reward, but Ali then took control to go 9/5 up and then the game and match 11/6.
Jaclyn Kemp bt Tory Temple-Murray 3-0 (11/4, 11/6, 11/6)
A mixed first game from both to start with a high error count as both settled into the match, Jaclyn saw a 6/4 lead soon become game 11/4 as her patience play paid off. The 2nd game again started closely but errors from Tory gave Jaclyn a 7/3 lead and although a fight back looked on at 6/9 Jaclyn kept her focus to go 2-0 up.
The 3rd game Tory never seemed to get going although she tried her best Jaclyn took a 7/2 lead and never looked back, game and match 11/6.
Daryl Selby bt Joe Lee 3-1 (7/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/4)
A high tempo start to the match with both players making each other work for every point. The crowd highly entertained with world class rallies, shot making and retrieving for all to see. A few too many errors from Daryl in the first and excellent play from Joe saw Joe take the first 11/7. The second game continued with both players covering every inch of the court, and at 9/7 it looked like Joe was going 2-0 up but Daryl had other ideas, some brilliant shot making and a reduction in errors from Daryl saw the game level all 1-1 as Daryl wins the 2nd 11-9.
The effort both players had put in for the first 2 games was now starting to show and it was Daryl who benefitted as he won the 3rd 11/4. The 4th saw Daryl start quickly taking a 6/2 lead and Joe began to look tired increasing his error count. A few tough rallies mixed in with some exhibition shots from both but Daryl wins 11/3 and the match.
Daryl into his second BSPA GP final at Roehampton in a row with a tough but deserved 3-1 win.
Adrian Grant bt Ben Ford 3-1 (7/11, 14/12, 11/9, 12/10)
Perhaps to be expected a seemingly slow start from Adrian countered by superb anticipation by Ben made for an extremely close first game. Ben, the underdog for the second match in a row, having got past Tom Richards the round before possible felt one more big effort and could a surprise be on the cards again!! Ben won the first 11/7.
The 2nd starts closely with Adrian again hitting the tin more than he would have liked and Ben saved 3 game balls to get to 12/12, but patience saw Adrian take the 2nd 14/12. The third saw a big push from both players knowing the importance of the game and Adrian was made to work taking a 10/6 lead but Ben once more forced his way back into the game only to see Adrian snatch the game 11/9.
The 4th saw either player not take more than a 2 point lead with both hitting some unbelievable winners and again Adrian held on to take the game and match 12/10.
Adrian through to his second BSPA GP final at Roehampton in a row and setting up a rematch of last year’s final.