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North of Scotland Open
3rd-6th March 2011
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2011 North of Scotland Winner - Alan Clyne


Alan Clyne 3/2 Chris Ryder 5/11 11/9 11/9 4/11 11/4 (74 mins)



Alan Clyne produced a magnificant performance earlier in today's final to prize the North of Scotland Open title away from defending champion Chris Ryder. Clyne adds his name to an impressive honours board including such greats as Peter Nicol and Lee Beachill, to name but a few.

The first game was a cagey one. Neither player really settled and both were making uncharacteristic unforced errors. The pace was high but Ryder was able to use his hold effectively to move away from 4/4 to a first game of 11/5. Clyne, wearing the ASRC kit, needed to either change his plan or improve on his existing one.

Game 2 brought higher quality and more competitive squash. The crowd were treated to a mixture of rallies. Some gruelling lung-busters with both players covering all corners of the court, some short and sharp as a result of outright winners, and some involving a little argy-bargy and subsequent discussions with the referee. Clyne pushed to a 9/4 lead, frustrating Ryder in the process, but was quickly pegged back to 9/9 by some free swinging from Ryder. A disputed decision and an unforced error gave Clyne the game, a crucial game at that.

Ryder got off to a healthy start in the third, 3/0 became 5/1. Clyne, cheered on by a home crowd, started to claw his way back in using his highly effective counter drops. We reached 6, 7, and 8 all. Clyne won a long rally to move one clear, won another on a stroke to give himself two game balls, and despite Ryder saving one with a clinging forehand straight drive Clyne took it on the second with, yep you've guessed it, a winning backhand counter drop. So Clyne 2-1 to the good and looking a tough nut to crack.

Ryder came out shooting at the start of the fourth, perhaps realising that the longer rallies were no longer paying dividends. From 3/3 a flurry of winners from Ryder and two unforced errors from Clyne gave the former a comfortable game to the score of 11/4. So 2-2 and exactly what the crowd wanted.

The fifth went in similar fashion to the previous game, but with the roles reversed. Clyne moved away from 3/2 to 8/2 with an volley nick, two straight drops, a stroke and an error from Ryder. It looked to be all over, and so it was just a few rallies later. They were long ones though, so credit to Ryder for continuing the chase, but Clyne wasn't to be denied and it was he who closed it out. It was to be Clyne's day, Clyne's tournament. Take a bow young man - Alan Clyne, the 2011 North of Scotland Open Champion.


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