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Steel City Open 2014

Steel City Open 2014
27-30 Nov, Hallamshire, Sheffield, $5k
Round One
27 Nov
28 Nov
29 Nov
30 Nov
[1] Greg Lobban (Sco)
11-4, 11-2, 11-8 25m)
Micah Franklin (Ber)
Greg Lobban
11-8, 13-11, 10-12, 11-6 (72m)
Mark Fuller
Greg Lobban
11-5, 11-5, 11-7
Chris Fuller
Greg Lobban
11-6, 11-5, 11-4
George Parker
[5] Mark Fuller (Eng)
13-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-5 (48m)
Steve London (Eng)
[7] Kevin Moran (Sco)
7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 (43m)
Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
Kevin Moran
11-8, 11-6, 11-3
Chris Fuller
[3] Chris Fuller (Eng)
11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (34m)
Ben Coates (Eng)
[wc] Adam Turner (Eng)
11-8, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2 (39m)

[4] Adam Murrills (Eng)
Adam Murrills
12-10, 11-4, 11-5 (35m)
James Earles
Adam Murrills
11-8, 11-7, 12-10 (43m)
George Parker
Ashley Davies (Eng)
12-10, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 (59m)
[6] James Earles (Eng)
Josh Masters (Eng)
6-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-6 (50m)
[8] George Parker (Eng)
George Parker
11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-1 (46m)
Nathan Lake
Tristan Eysele (Rsa)
6-11, 6-11, 8-11 (26m)
[2] Nathan Lake (Eng)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open, Sheffield, England

Lobban Celebrates 2014 Hat-Trick At Steel City Open


Rising Scottish squash star Greg Lobban claimed his third PSA World Tour title of the year in Sheffield when he held off up-and-coming English junior George Parker in the final of the Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open, the inaugural PSA Challenger 5 event at Hallamshire Tennis & Squash Club in the Yorkshire city in England.

Co-sponsored by three-time world champion Nick Matthew at his home club, the event attracted a high quality field - led by Lobban, the Scottish number two who hails from Inverness.

The World No.67 had to overcome England's Fuller brothers Mark and Chris to reach the 11th Tour final of his career.

In the other half of the draw, 18-year-old Parker produced some of his best squash on the professional circuit to reach his first Tour final, against expectations. Seeded eight, the recently-crowned British Junior champion upset second-seeded compatriot Nathan Lake in four games in the quarter-finals, then ousted another Englishman, No.4 seed Adam Murrills in the semis, to make the final.

"Both players started brightly, testing each other and trying to command the 'T' in the final," reported event spokesman Terry Dudley. "An exchange of points took Lobban to game ball 10-6. Lobban executed a forehand drop, with Parker stranded in the back of court, to take the first game.

"Lobban closed out the second game 11-5 and complete dominance by him in the third secured the match. Parker tried hard, worked hard and never gave up - but the extra pace movement and court craft of Lobban had too much for Parker on the day.

"All credit should go to Nick (Matthew) and Trevor Davies of ProSquash for promoting and staging the event," concluded Dudley.

The 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 victory in 31 minutes takes Lobban's career Tour title haul to five.

Gregg Lobban with Nick Matthew




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