14th February 2010
Beat Jenny Duncalf 3-2 [10/12, 11/7, 4/11, 11/7, 12/10] – 65mins
“Waters dethrones Duncalf” (Article Courtesy of Squashsite.co.uk)
Alison Waters and Jenny Duncalf have dominated this event in recent years, winning the last three between them, so it was fitting that they should contest the final in front of a packed Sportcity crowd.
And what a final they gave them, 65 minutes of world class squash that swung one way then another, with the result in the balance until the very end.
The opening game went point for point, Duncalf edged ahead from 8-all to 10/8, Waters levelled, but Duncalf took it with a nick on the sidewall (remember that for later) and then put away a loose dropshot from Waters.
The second was also point for point to 7-all, but Waters sped away to 11/7 to equalise.
The third was the only game where one player dominated, and it was Duncalf, who raced to a 5/0 lead and never looked back as she regained the lead.
Throughout all this time, throughout the whole match, the squash was excellent. Both players were working the ball and working their opponent well, the error count was low, and the crowd were loving it.
Waters held a slender lead at the start of the fourth, was pegged back to 6-all, then pulled away to take it 11/7 and set up a decider.
It looked all over as Jenny reasserted at the start of the fifth, and at 6/1 not many would have predicted Alison’s comeback to 6/5, which she worked hard for and deserved. She threw her arms in the air as she made two poor mistakes to give Jenny some breathing room, but from 9/5 down dug in again to level it at 9-all.
Jenny got the first matchball opportunity, forcing a loose boast which she put away delicately, but then hit the tin to take us into extra points.
The next rally was a long one, and Alison finished it with a fortuitous nick on the sidewall (now you remember) to give herself match ball.
One more rally, they edged towards the front, exchanged a couple of short balls each, then Jenny’s last shot clipped the top of the tin and we had a new champion.
13th February 2010
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