Squash stars extend their lead

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Former champions Benz-Bavarian Duffield will go into next year’s second half of the Premier Squash League (PSL) season as the only unbeaten team, after beating University of Birmingham 3/2 in the fifth round of the world’s most prestigious squash league.

The Derbyshire club clinched victory in Birmingham when top string Nick Matthew, the world champion from Sheffield, notched up his 30th successive league win since October 2007 by beating world No48 Chris Ryder in straight games.

The three-time champions (in 1998, 2006 and 2007) went into the lead with wins by former British Junior champion Millie Tomlinson and Chris Fuller.

But the hosts struck back to draw level after Nathan Lake and Welsh champion Peter Creed recorded victories.

But world number two Matthew, a Duffield stalwart for ten seasons, was determined to reach his impressive PSL milestone - and despatched Ryder 12-10, 11-7, 11-2 to not only extend his club’s unbeaten record this season but also extend their lead at the top of the Group A tables to 28 points.

“I’m really proud of Nick - not just as a player that any team would give their right arm for, but for his loyalty to Duffield and his skills as a role model and ambassador for our sport,” said team manager Felix Frixou.

“I just want to say thank you and well done to all our squad.”