North of Scotland Open 2010


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North of Scotland Open
4th-7th March 2010



(1) Chris Ryder (England) 3-1 Max Lee (Hong Kong) (2) 8/11 11/6 11/2 11/8 (47mins)
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Chris Ryder (1) 3-0 Arthur Gaskin (3/4) 12/10 11/5 5/0 ret. (31mins)
Max Lee (2) 3-2 Dick Lau (3/4) 9/11 11/7 14/12 5/11 11/5 (78mins)

Chris Ryder (1) 3-0 Michael Wood 11/2 11/2 11/1 (17mins)
Dick Lau (3/4) 3-1 Derek Ryan (5/8) 10/12 11/9 11/7 11/9 (48mins)
Arthur Gaskin (3/4) 3-2 Chris Ferguson (5/8) 11/2 8/11 11/13 11/4 11/7 (53mins)
Max Lee (2) 3-0 Lewis Walters (5/8) 11/6 11/3 11/6 (24mins)
Kavin Jaywardhana w/o Steve Cartwright
Andrew Widdison 3-0 Chris Shinnie - 11/4 11/6 11/8
Kevin Moran 3-0 Mike Black - 13/11 11/8 11/8
(both Jamie Jacobsen and Keith Simpson withdrew. Gaskin was happy for the above match to go ahead)
Dean Russell w/o Iain Young
Ali Gorrie w/o
Lewis Walters 3-0 Innes Young - 11/7 11/5 11/13 11/8
Edward Dromgool 3-0 Sam Allan - 11/4 11/4 11/3
Chris Ryder (1) 3-0 Kavin Jaywardhana - 11/4 11/3 11/6 26mins
Michael Wood 3-0 Andrew Widdison (5/8) - 11/6 11/3 11/7 34mins
Chris Ferguson (5/8) 3-0 Keith Moran - 11/6 11/7 11/2 32mins
Arthur Gaskin (3/4) 3-1 Kevin Moran - 11/6 8/11 11/6 11/8 48mins
Dick Lau (3/4) 3-0 Dean Russell - 11/6 11/9 11/8 31mins
Derek Ryan (5/8) 3-0 Ali Gorrie - 12/10 11/5 11/4 31mins
Lewis Walters (5/8) 3-1 Edward Dromgool - 11/7 11/5 11/13 11/8 44mins
Max Lee (2) 3-0 Jonathon Hunter - 11/4 11/7 11/6 28mins
11.00am Max Lee (2) v Lewis Walters (5/8)
11.00am Dick Lau (3/4) v Derek Ryan (5/8)
12.00pm Chris Ryder (1) v Michael Wood
12.00pm Arthur Gaskin (3/4) v Chris Ferguson (5/8)




World No. 40 Chris Ryder today added his name to a distinguished list of champions as he defeated the popular World No. 76 Max Lee in four hard fought games. Ryder sees his name added to and honours board including the likes of Peter Nicol, Lee Beachill, Alex Gough, Azlan Iskander, and the late great John Dale.
Following 12 Scottish National Masters finals, a large crowd gathered in anticipation following a series of excellent matches throughout the weekend. A fast and furious start saw Lee pull away from 7/7 with a combination of stunning winners and lung bursting retrievals. Ryder saved one game ball but could do nothing with the second as Lee crushed a forehand volley into the front right nick. 11/8 and first blood to Lee.
The second saw a more composed Ryder begin to stamp his authority on the match. Some crisp and stubborn volleying saw Lee on the end of the bulk of rallies and despite more astonishing gets Lee could do nothing. Ryder was beginning to hold the ball a lot more, something which Lee commented on after the match. "He brought in his hold in the second. The constant starting and stopping left my legs feeling like cement", Lee said. 11/6 to Ryder and we were all square.
The third started in similar fashion to that of the third. Ryder is a clever player and he knew Lee was beginning to suffer as a result of a marathon five set match with his compatriot Dick Lau from the previous night. The holds became ever more frequent and somehow ever more deceptive. Lee could do nothing but chase and even then he had to give that up towards the end of game three. A few desperate, and ultimately unsuccessful, nick attempts later and Ryder was 2-1 thanks to the 11/2 game three scoreline.
Realising something had to change Lee came out in game four and put in a huge physical  (and probably mental) push. Wrestling the 't' off Ryder, Lee pushed ahead to a 5-2 lead. Ryder responded with a kick of his own and the result was that we were never more than a point apart right up until 7/7. Ryder sneaked ahead with a winning straight drive and a Lee error. Ryder then dropped one in the tin from mid court himself and we were at 8/9. A clinging backhand drive from Ryder took him to match ball and then a deceptive forehand drive that also never left the wall and it was all over. Ryder punched the air with joy. Lee, despite being clearly exhausted and disappointed turned to embrace the winner. The standing ovation from the crowd which followed was duly deserved.
That's me done for the weekend. This years tournament was hard work but great fun at the same time. Aberdeen Squash Racquets Club (who I believe I have failed to mention so far are the current European Club Champions!) was buzzing all weekend and the players are the reason for that.


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