Marco Leisure Centre, Edinburgh, Sat 7th June 2003

England's Brian Rawlinson retained his Scottish Deaf Open Squash title, beating old adversary David Thompson in the final in Edinburgh ...

Brian Rawlinson (England) & David Thompson
report from Edinburgh ...

Had David pitted against his old adversary Brian; they have played each other countless times over the years, with Brian usually taking the spoils. David took the initiative by winning the first game 9/7 by keeping the ball tight and deep.

In the second David continued in the same vein by attacking Brianís game hoping that he would be unable to find his winning touch that has brought him a number of deaf squash titles in recent years, and settle into the match, but he lost the advantage when Brian found his range and touch he lacked in the first game. David manages to bring the scores level at 6 all, the after making good a simple return, David allows Brian to reach game point. David manages one last attempt before losing the game, match score stands at 1/1.

Third Game sees Brian race off to a 6/0 lead before David is able to make any advances in the game. David manages to only pick up two points in this game before Brian closes it to stand at 2/1 in games. It looks like David is saving his energy for the fourth game which he has to win if he is to stand a chance of keeping the title in Scotland for the first time.

David has won the Scottish Deaf Closed title since 1984 and has yet to add the Open title to his impressive list of winning the closed titles. The fourth game is a much closer affair than the previous three games; David is pulling out all stops to snatch the game at the first opportunity should Brian shows any weaknesses. David doesnít know of the meaning of defeat, even when Brian is standing on the precipice of winning the title for the third time in a row.

With the score at 8/4; David wins the serve and makes an immediate impact winning the next two points to eat away at Brianís advantage. At six eight, the next rally is perhaps the defining moment of the entire match when David drove the ball hard into the nick on Brianís backhand whilst he makes what appears a failure to make a good return, only to declare that the ball has burst thus making it unplayable and the rally would therefore be redundant and a let would be given.

David is sure that the ball is fine and wants to continue the match and is ready to serve. Brian strongly believes the ball is broken and has thrown it out of court and has requested a new ball to be brought in.

David is a bit confused maybe he thinks Brian is buying time to recover before he before realised that the ball was in fact broken. He reluctantly accepts from Bernard the tournament organiser that the ball was indeed broken when he illustrates this by squashing the ball against the back wall glass. The advantage David believed that had so rightly been his would have brought the scores to 7/8, thus he was cruelly deprived of closing the gap.

It was a mere formality from then on, as David had lost the momentum to carry though the charge that had so very nearly brought him within distance of levelling the game scores, it was an easy matter for Brian to win back the serve and wrap up the game by taking the last point of what had been a pulsating match which on paper may not have taken place with respect to the respective illnesses and injuries each had before the day.

Final score 3/1 to Brian he is the champion for the third time.

Scottish unless noted (E) = England

B. Rawlinson (E) beat D. Thompson 5-9, 9-5, 9-3
B. Rawlinson (E) beat B. Starkey 9-2, 9-3
B. Rawlinson (E) beat H. Ramsay 9-5, 8-10, 9-5
D. Thompson beat B. Starkey 4-9, 9-7, 9-2
D. Thompson beat H. Ramsay 9-3, 9-1
B. Starkey beat H. Ramsay 9-1, 9-0

L. Banks beat G.Westwood (E) 9-5, 9-6
L. Banks beat I. Preston 9-7, 9-0
L. Banks beat C. Watson 9-3, 9-8, 9-2
G. Westwood (E) beat I. Preston 9-0, 9-2
G. Westwood (E) beat C. Watson 9-0, 9-0
C. Watson beat I. Preston 9-1, 9-5

D. Thompson beat L. Banks 9-3, 5-9, 9-2
B. Rawlinson (E) beat G. Westwood 9-6, 9-6

C. Watson beat I. Preston 4-9, 10-8, 9-5
B. Starkey beat H. Ramsay 9-4, 9-4

B. Rawlinson (E) beat D. Thompson 7-9, 9-6, 9-7, 9-6

H. Ramsay beat C. Watson 9-2, 5-9, 9-4, 9-7

B. Starkey beat C. Watson 9-1, 9-4, 7-9, 9-1

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