Scotland's Alan Clyne retained the Xodus Group North of Scotland Open
earlier this afternoon, defeating Aberdeen team mate Simon Parke in
three straight games.
Clyne started off like a man on a mission, racking up an early lead by
playing at a relentless pace which he simply didn't let up on. Parke was
digging in as he always does, and accompanied with the help of some
trickery with the racket he gave the capacity crowd some moments to
remember. After 9 minutes though the pace was too much and Clyne took a
1-game lead courtesy of an 11/3 scoreline.
Into game two and a couple of unusual unforced errors saw Parke take a
slender 2 point lead. Pushing up the court and taking chances now Parke
was in command of the T and extended his lead to 7-3. The effort in
doing so was visible, on Parke's part anyway, and perhaps Clyne sensed
this as he then pushed further up the court to take back the T. The pace
was now higher than ever and far more suited to Clyne. Parke was still
showing some brilliance but everything he threw at Clyne was absorbed,
and absorbed with interest. Seven straight points took Clyne to game
ball, one was saved, but the next was converted courtesy of a trademark
Clyne counter drop. After 28 minutes Parke now had a small mountain to
Game three should have been a formality, but at 4-4 Parke was there.
Still looking keen to run, and still hoping for some openings. Clyne
perhaps had a flashback to his semi final the night before (where he
switched off for all of 2/3 mins to loss the third game) and put in a
huge couple of rallies to well and truly take the legs away from Parke.
Five straight points took him to 9-4, Parke pinched one back, but two
quick rallies followed and that was that. Clyne was champion again, and
Parke was once more thwarted from a title he has openly craved for. Time
may be running out for him but you can bet your money he'll be back next
So congratulations to Alan Clyne, 2012 Xodus Group North of Scotland
Open Champion. As a tournament organiser it is always great to see your
defending champion return. Hopefully Alan will come back next year for