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Final's Day

World Masters Squash Championships,
Cape Town, South Africa

Final's Day

Men's Over 35 semi-finals:

[4] Neil Frankland (SCO) bt [1] Mark Allen (ENG) 9-6, 9-5, 9-2

[3] Michael Tootill (RSA) bt [9/16] Matthias Scholl (GER) 9-0, 9-2, 9-0

[3] Michael Tootill (RSA) bt [4] Neil Frankland (SCO) 9-7, 5-9, 9-4, 9-4

Men's Over 40 semi-finals:

[1] Craig van der Wath (RSA) bt [5/8] Jonathan Leeb (RSA) 9-5, 9-0, 9-2

[2] Jonathan Clark (ENG) bt [3] Frank Ellis (ENG) 9-7, 9-4, 9-1


[1] Craig van der Wath (RSA) bt [2] Jonathan Clark (ENG) 9-7, 9-2, 9-2

Men's Over 45 semi-finals:

[5/8] Geoffrey Davenport (AUS) bt Gary Fourie (RSA) 9-0, 9-2, 9-1

[4] Simon Gogolin (AUS) bt [2] Alan Thomson (SCO) 9-7, 3-9, 9-4, 9-6


[5/8] Geoffrey Davenport (AUS) bt [4] Simon Gogolin (AUS) 9-1, 9-1, 9-6

Men's Over 50 semi-finals:

[1] Peter Alexander (ENG) bt [5/8] Volke Hauke (GER) 9-7, 9-0, 9-5

[5/8] Stuart Hardy (ENG) bt Peter Stephen (RSA) 9-4, 9-4, 9-2


[1] Peter Alexander (ENG) bt [5/8] Stuart Hardy (ENG) 9-1, 9-5, 9-2

Men's Over 55 semi-finals:

[4] Johnny Leslie (ENG) bt [1] Brian Cook (AUS) 9-4, 9-4, 2-9, 10-8

[5/8] Trevor Colyer (NZL) bt [3] Alan Colburn (RSA) 9-2, 9-1, 3-9, 7-9, 9-7


[4] Johnny Leslie (ENG) bt [5/8] Trevor Colyer (NZL) 9-2, 1-9, 9-2, 9-1

Third place play-off:

[1] Brian Cook (AUS) bt [3] Alan Colburn (RSA) 7-9, 9-6, 9-3, 9-3

Men's Over 60 semi-finals:

[5/8] Martin Pearse (ENG) bt [5/8] Nick Penstone (RSA) 3-9, 9-5, 9-1, 9-7

[2] Hugh Colburn (AUS) bt Desmond Schultz (RSA) 9-2, 9-2, 9-3


[2] Hugh Colburn (AUS) bt [5/8] Martin Pearse (ENG) 9-5, 9-6, 9-4

Men's Over 65 semi-finals:

[3] Adrian Wright (ENG) bt [1] Brian Phillips (WAL) 9-1, 9-7, 9-2

[4] Chris Stahl (ENG) bt [2] Barry Gardiner (NZL) 9-5, 10-8, 7-9, 8-10, 10-9


[3] Adrian Wright (ENG) bt [4] Chris Stahl (ENG) 7-9, 9-0, 9-1, 7-9, 9-5

Third place play-off:

[1] Brian Phillips (WAL) bt [2] Barry Gardiner (NZL) 9-5, 6-9, 9-6, 10-8

Men's Over 70 semi-finals:

[3] John Woodliffe (ENG) bt [1] Lance Kinder (ENG) 10-8, 9-7, 10-8

[2] Brian Heath (RSA) bt Malcolm Gilham (ENG) 9-2, 9-0, 9-2


[3] John Woodliffe (ENG) bt [2] Brian Heath (RSA) 6-9, 7-9, 9-4, 9-7, 10-8

Men's Over 75 semi-finals:

[1] Peter Fahrenheim (RSA) bt [2] Alex Hamilton (SCO) 9-1, 9-2, 9-0

[3/4] Frank Allison (RSA) bt Terry Christy (RSA) 9-1, 9-1, 9-1


[1] Peter Fahrenheim (RSA) bt [3/4] Frank Allison (RSA) 9-7, 9-2, 9-4

Third place play-off:

[2] Alex Hamilton (SCO) bt Terry Christy (RSA) 9-4, 9-0, 9-1

Women's Over 35 semi-finals:

[1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) bt [5/8] Sharon Wakeford (RSA) 9-3, 9-1, 9-0

[4] Cindy Meintjes (AUS) bt [2] Isabelle Tweedle (ENG) 9-1, 9-0, 9-0


[1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) bt [4] Cindy Meintjes (AUS) 9-1, 9-0, 9-4

Third place play-off:

[5/8] Sharon Wakeford (RSA) bt [2] Isabelle Tweedle (ENG) 1-9, 9-3, 9-7, 9-7

Women's Over 40 semi-finals:

[1] Angelique Clifton-Parks (RSA) bt [5/8] Sharon le Roux (RSA) 9-0, 10-8, 9-4

[4] Vivienne Doeg (RSA) bt [2] Susan Williams (RSA) 4-9, 10-8, 9-5, 9-3


[1] Angelique Clifton-Parks (RSA) bt [4] Vivienne Doeg (RSA) 9-0, 9-4, 9-4

Third place play-off:

[5/8] Sharon le Roux (RSA) bt [2] Susan Williams (RSA) 9-7, 9-5, 1-9, 9-5

Women's Over 45 semi-finals:

[3] Janet van der Westhuizen (RSA) bt [1] Karen Hume (ENG) 9-4, 2-9, 0-9, 9-2, 9-7

Helena Kruger (RSA) bt [5/8] Lisa O'Grady (RSA) 10-8, 9-3, 4-9, 6-9, 9-2


[3] Janet van der Westhuizen (RSA) bt Helena Kruger (RSA) 9-3, 9-1, 9-0

Third place play-off:

[1] Karen Hume (ENG) bt [5/8] Lisa O'Grady (RSA) 9-1, 9-6, 9-4

Women's Over 50 semi-finals:

[1] Pauline Douglas (SCO) bt Annalene le Roux (RSA) 9-2, 9-1, 9-3

[2] Anne Richards (AUS) bt [5/8] Carolyn Roylance (ENG) 9-1, 9-4, 9-5


[2] Anne Richards (AUS) bt [1] Pauline Douglas (SCO) 9-2, 3-9, 9-2, 9-7

Third place play-off:

Annalene le Roux (RSA) bt [5/8] Carolyn Roylance (ENG) 9-0, 9-3, 7-9, 9-4

Women's Over 55 semi-finals:

[5/8] Kathy Paterson (AUS) bt [1] Averil Murphy (ENG) 1-9, 8-10, 9-6, 9-5, 9-7

[2] Sue Volzke (AUS) bt [5/8] Margie Hunt-Kemp (RSA) 9-6, 9-4, 9-7


[2] Sue Volzke (AUS) bt [5/8] Kathy Paterson (AUS) 9-10, 9-3, 9-4, 9-6

Third place play-off:

[1] Averil Murphy (ENG) bt [5/8] Margie Hunt-Kemp (RSA) 9-6, 9-5, 9-5

Women's Over 60 semi-finals:

[1] Bett Dryhurst (ENG) bt [3] Jean Grainger (RSA) 4-9, 9-3, 9-1, 9-3

[2] Ann Manley (ENG) bt [4] Liz Pratten (RSA) 9-5, 7-9, 9-3, 9-6


[2] Ann Manley (ENG) bt [1] Bett Dryhurst (ENG) 10-8, 9-4, 9-6

Women's Over 65 semi-finals:

[3/4] Barbara Sanderson (IRL) bt [1] Dawn Kaiser (RSA) 9-5, 9-6, 9-2

[2] Glenda Erasmus (RSA) bt Joan Witton (ENG) 8-10, 9-4, 9-10, 9-7, 9-3


[3/4] Barbara Sanderson (IRL) bt [2] Glenda Erasmus (RSA) 5-9, 3-9, 10-9, 9-1, 9-1


England, Australia & Hosts South Africa Share World Masters Honours

The 8th World Masters Squash Championships, the biggest ever international event in the sport, which was staged across five different venues, drew to a mighty climax in Cape Town with honours evenly shared between England, Australia and hosts South Africa.



A record entry of 672 players, representing 33 countries, competed in a total of 16 age-group events – from Over 35 for men and women to Over 65 for women and, for the first time, Over 75 for men! England, Australia and South Africa each won five gold medals, with Ireland claiming a sole gold medal.



South African Mike Tootill, runner-up in the Men's Over 35 event in the 2003 World Masters in Finland, clinched the 2006 title with a 9-7, 5-9, 9-4, 9-4 victory in the final over No4 seed Neil Frankland. The Scot made his breakthrough in the semi-finals where he dismissed England's top seed Mark Allen in straight games, while third seed Tootill crushed surprise German opponent Matthias Scholl, a 9/16 seed, for the loss of just two points.



In the Over 40 men's event, Craig van der Wath was in a different class from all the rest of the field. The top-seeded South African, winner of the O35 title in Finland, had his English opponent Jonathan Clarke, the No2 seed, pretty well on his knees with exhaustion after the first game, utterly controlling the T. After a one-sided second game, the third was over in minutes as van der Wath secured his 9-7, 9-2, 9-2 victory.



The impressive form shown by Australian Geoff Davenport throughout the Over 45 event continued in the final where he was too strong for a game compatriot Simon Gogolin, Fourth seed Gogolin was perhaps still suffering the effects of his four-game upset of Scotland's second seed Alan Thomson in the semis – but Davenport, a 5/8 seed, won 9-1, 9-1, 9-6.



With two successive British Open titles under his belt in the age-group, England's Peter Alexander was firm favourite for the Men's Over 50 title. The top seed from Suffolk reached the final without dropping a game, then despatched fellow countryman Stuart Hardy, a 5/8 seed, 9-1, 9-5, 9-2 to take gold.



South African-based Englishman Johnny Leslie was seeded four in the Men's Over 55 event. But the former England international upset top-seeded Australian Brian Cook in the semi-finals before taking on 5/8 seed Trevor Colyer, a New Zealander who also upset the seedings by beating South Africa's third seed Alan Colburn in the other semi. But Leslie prevailed in the climax, beating Colyer 9-2, 1-9, 9-2, 9-1.



There was Colburn success in the Men's Over 60 championship when Hugh Colburn, the No2 seed from Australia, beat England's 5/8 seed Martin Pearse 9-5, 9-6, 9-4 in the final.



In the Over 65 final, Chris Stahl took the first game against fellow Englishman Adrian Wright, but the latter then stepped up a gear and the second was over in one hand. Both had reached the final after impressive upsets, third seed Wright despatching top-seeded Welshman Brian Phillips in straight games and Stahl, the No4 seed, clinching a dramatic semi-final against New Zealand's second seed Barry Gardiner 10-9 in the decider! But Wright's mobility and crispness of hitting for the age are remarkable and ESF President Stahl had no answer in the finale, British O65 Open champion Wright adding the world title to his collection after a 7-9, 9-0, 9-1, 7-9, 9-5 win.



The final of the Men's Over 70 event was a tremendous match with British O70 Open champion John Woodliffe making Brian Heath work a great deal and a long time for his victory. Buoyed by his straight games upset over top-seeded compatriot Lance Kinder in the semi-finals, Englishman Woodliffe, the No3 seed, fought back from two games down against Heath to beat the second-seeded South African 6-9, 7-9, 9-4, 9-7, 10-8 with some amazing rallies that had a large crowd cheering loudly.



The inaugural Men's Over 75 championship reached an impressive all South African climax in which top seed Peter Fahrenheim defeated 3/4 seed Frank Allison 9-7, 9-2, 9-4. Earlier, Fahrenheim knocked out No2 seed Alex Hamilton in the semi-finals, but the Scot fought back to beat South African Terry Christy to win the bronze medal play-off.



World Masters debutante Sarah Fitz-Gerald comfortably won the Women's Over 35 crown to add to the British Open and World Masters Games O35 titles she already holds. The record five-times World Open champion from Melbourne beat fellow Australian Cindy Meintjes 9-1, 9-0, 9-4 in the final. Meintjes, the fourth seed, crushed England's second seed Isabelle Tweedle 9-1, 9-0, 9-0 in the semi-finals, while favourite Fitz-Gerald overcame South African Sharon Wakeford.



In the Over 40 event, local star Angie Clifton-Parks completed the family double of wins (as in 2003) with partner Craig van der Wath after easily beating Viv Doeg 9-0, 9-4, 9-4. Doeg, the fourth seed, upset second seed Susan Williams, from South Africa, to claim her unexpected place in the climax.



Janet van de Westhuizen (whose father was a bronze medallist in the Over 70 event) beat fellow South African Helene Kruger pretty severely in the Women's Over 45 section – the rumour being that there was a point to prove here to the SA Masters selectors! The third seed made her breakthrough in the semi-finals where she beat England's top seed Karen Hume in five games – but it was one-way traffic in the final which van der Westhuizen clinched 9-3, 9-1, 9-0 over her unseeded compatriot.



In the Over 50 event, Scotland's Pauline Douglas was just not strong enough to deal with the power and precision of Australia's Anne Richards. Douglas, the top seed, drew level after Richards took the opening game, but the second-seeded Australian again took control to run out a 9-2, 3-9, 9-2, 9-7 winner.



Australian Kathy Paterson claimed a big upset in the Women's Over 55 semi-finals when she fought back from 2/0 down to topple top seed Averil Murphy, from England, in five games. But in the final against fellow countrywoman and second seed Sue Volzke, 5/8 seed Paterson was unable to extend her first game win. Volzke ultimately prevailed 9-10, 9-3, 9-4, 9-6.



There was an upset in the Over 60 event final when England's No2 seed Ann Manley beat her top-seeded compatriot Bett Dryhurst 10-8, 9-4, 9-6. Earlier, Dryhurst had recovered from a game down to beat South Africa's former World Masters champion Jean Grainger in the semi-finals.


Probably the closest final – as well as astonishingly long - was the Over 65 climax where home committee member Glenda Erasmus went 2/0 up against Ireland's Barbara Sanderson and then had a match point in the third. But Sanderson, a 3/4 seed who had already put out top-seeded South African Dawn Kaiser in the semis, staged an amazing comeback to beat second seed Erasmus 5-9, 3-9, 10-9, 9-1, 9-1.


At the post event medal ceremony, 85-year-old Eric Grubb – the oldest competitor in the event – received a standing ovation for completing all of his games in the Over 70 event!


At the final function at a winery called Moya, WSF Technical Director George Mieras closed the 8th World Masters by receiving the WSF flag back from Margie Hunt-Kemp, Chair of the organising committee, and handing it over to Barry Gardiner, Tournament Director for the 2008 event in Christchurch, New Zealand.


Semi-Finals Day.
There were some marvellous matches as well as some very one-sided ones today in Capetown. General comment is that the standard is very high and great \er than ever seen before. That iof course follows automatically inthe Women's 35+ event as it is lead by Sarah Fitgerald who cruised into the semis this afternoon and now meets unseeded Cindy Mentjes who surprisingly demolished no 2 seed Isabelle Tweedie (Eng).

In the 40+ event there was the least attractive mtch of the day - Sue Williamks (Aus, 2) failed to use the right tactics in her game agfainst a very awkward opponent, Viv Doeg (RSA). The referee unfortunately was not expereinced enough to recognise some very adept blocking by Ms Doeg plus timewasting (23 slow bounces of the ball pre serve on one occasion! Sue needed to keep the bal out of the air and move her opponent more but was frustrated and stopped thinking and went down 1-3. It is very doubtful if no 1 seed Angie Clifton-Parks will be other than ruthlessly efficient come the final, however!

Women's 45+ : The last international player, Karen Hume (Eng, 1) was put out by Janet can de Westhuizen who meets compatriot Lisa O'Grady in the final. In the 50+ event Pauline Douglas (Sco) and Ann Richards (Aus) meet as predicted, neither troubled in their semi-finals. In the 65+ event Glenda Erasmus (RSA) , a member ofg the organising comitte, defeated no 1 in pool A Jean Wilton (Eng) and now has a rematch against ageless Barbara Sanderson (Ire) in the final.

s 35+ A crowded gallery was totally absorbed by a very fine match between Mark Allen (Eng, 1) and Neil Frankland (Sco, 3/4). It was a contrast of higher raccet skills (mostly Neil) against incredible retrieving (mostly Mark) and the former virue triumphed in 3 excellent games. In the other semi Mike Toothil (RSA) was somewhat clinical in despatching Mattias Scholl for only 1 point!

40+: Craig van der Wath saw off Jonathan Leeb with relative ease and Jaoanthan Clarke beat Frank Ellis rather more easily in tree than had been expected. making it a 1-2 seeds final.

45+ : Georff Davenport continued to impress as he demolished Gary Fourie (RSA) in a crowd amusing performance - some Zailal Abidin trick shots appearig! The second match was wonderful to watch - alan Thomson (Sco, 2) against tall Simon Gogolin. It took Alan a long time - too lonmg - to get his gifted accurate lob and angle game going which lead to a hard 7-9 first., thoought from 0-7 down. Alan got maximum precision going in the second and won it - was thw writing on the wal for a tired looking Simnon? It looked so at the start of the 4th then signs of real tiredness appeared on Alan's face - he had a marathon 5 the previous day. The lob was now replied to with keep the bal lin play shots instead of attack and that puts on physical pressure - som\etimes Alan could do with a llittle less of the tactic and tired as he was today was such a day. Some spectacular play thrilled a large crowd but in the end Simon prevailed 3-1 - one hour 20 minutes and only 11 decisions was a tribute to both players.

Men's 50+ : Peter Alexander faced a determined Volke Hauke but was to strong for him and meets Stuart Hardy, also England (5/8) who saw off unseeded Peter Stepehn, surprise conqueror of no 2 seed Michale Brown.

Men's 55+ : Brian Cook's hopes of retainin g the Ahmed Safwat trophy wer ebrought to an end by England's Jonny Leslie in 4. The other semi was a classic. Thickset (polite!) Trevor Colyer (NZ, 3/4) faced seen more meat on a butcher's apron Alan Colburn (RSA). Trevor hits the bal quite beautifully, anticipates well as distinct from retrieving and has some magic shots whilst Alan chac\ses everything down and applies a lot of pressure as a resuly. But Trevor was so determined and took a 2-0 lead. Alan fought back to level and al thought it was over when Trevor was 4-6 down. But suddenly Alan seemed to get nervous, here wer some critical unforced errors and dramatic rallies the last one of which Alan played trough uinneccessarily then put a simple shot into the tin giving Trvor the match - a wonderful Masters encounter.

Men's 65+: Another absolutely classic match here. Chris Stahl (Eng/Malta!) against no 2 seed Barry Gardiner (NZ, 2). Chris sailed ahead here, his gifted shots having Barry all over the place. But the tireder and more desperate Barry looks the more dnagerous he is and so it proved. He took the 3rd from 4-7 down and the 4th after Chris had a match ball. Then he lead 6-0 and 7-1 in the 5th. Chris buckled to with great determination and levelled. Mayhem ensued with the hand in changing time after time, marvellous rallies, plus a dead on the front wall miss-hit from Chjris and crime of all crimes, a cut line fault serve by Barry on match point. On his 3rd match point Chris got it 10-9!! THe biggest smile though was by Brian Phillips (WAl, 1) who was not detained on court too long by Adrian Wright (Eng)!.
Men's 75+ - enough intact oldsters arrived to play semi-finals and the competitors will be Peter Farenheim and Frank Allison.

Men's Over 35 quarter-finals:
[1] Mark Allen (ENG) bt [5/8] Stuart Summers (ENG) 9-1, 9-3, 9-1
[4] Neil Frankland (SCO) bt [5/8] David Ferstler (FRA) 9-0, 9-4, 9-1
[3] Michael Tootill (RSA) bt [5/8] Guy Olby (ENG) 9-6, 9-5, 9-0
[9/16] Matthias Scholl (GER) bt [5/8] Dean Watson (ENG) 9-7, 9-8, 9-1

Men's Over 40 quarter-finals:
[1] Craig van der Wath (RSA) bt Stefan Wiederkehr (SUI) 9-1, 9-4, 9-4
[5/8] Jonathan Leeb (RSA) bt [9/16] Stephen McLoughlin (ENG) 9-0, 9-4, 9-4
[3] Frank Ellis (ENG) bt [5/8] Martin Greenslade (ENG) 9-6, 9-1, 9-2
[2] Jonathan Clark (ENG) bt [9/16] Uwe Peters (GER) 9-4, 9-6, 9-7

Men's Over 45 quarter-finals:
[5/8] Geoffrey Davenport (AUS) bt [1] Trevor Wilkinson (RSA) 9-5, 3-9, 9-5, 9-5
Gary Fourie (RSA) bt Gary Barker (RSA) 10-8, 8-10, 0-9, 9-3, 9-1
[4] Simon Gogolin (AUS) bt [9/16] Michael Martin (ENG) 9-3, 9-0, 9-0
[2] Alan Thomson (SCO) bt [5/8] Malcolm McLarty (RSA) 6-9, 9-2, 7-9, 9-5, 9-3

Men's Over 50 quarter-finals:
[1] Peter Alexander (ENG) bt [5/8] Jim Mobbs (AUS) 10-9, 9-2, 9-6
[5/8] Volke Hauke (GER) bt [3] Duleep Adhihetty (ENG) 10-8, 9-4, 8-10, 9-6
[5/8] Stuart Hardy (ENG) bt [9/16] Johnny Orsmond (RSA) 9-4, 9-7, 9-3
Peter Stephen (RSA) bt [5/8] Michael Bester (RSA) 9-5, 9-10, 9-2, 9-0

Men's Over 55 quarter-finals:
[1] Brian Cook (AUS) bt Gordon Daniel (RSA) 9-4, 9-5, 7-9, 10-8
[4] Johnny Leslie (ENG) bt [5/8] Roy Plumstead (RSA) 0-9, 9-3, 9-4, 9-1
[3] Alan Colburn (RSA) bt Chris Grainger (RSA) 9-2, 9-5, 9-1
[5/8] Trevor Colyer (NZL) bt Derek Berold (RSA) 9-4, 9-3, 9-1

Men's Over 60 quarter-finals:
[5/8] Nick Penstone (RSA) bt [1] Tony Martin (RSA) 8-10, 9-6, 10-9, 9-3
[5/8] Martin Pearse (ENG) bt [9/16] Okkie Venter (RSA) 9-3, 9-6, 9-4
Desmond Schultz (RSA) bt [4] Kenneth Johnson (ENG) 9-2, 8-10, 9-2, 6-9, 9-7
[2] Hugh Colburn (AUS) bt [5/8] Mike Clemson (ENG) 9-2, 9-3, 9-2

Men's Over 65 quarter-finals:
[1] Brian Phillips (WAL) bt [5/8] Thomas Hannon (IRL) 4-9, 10-9, 9-2, 9-2
[3] Adrian Wright (ENG) bt [5/8] Len Froggitt (ENG) 7-9, 9-5, 9-4, 9-2
[4] Chris Stahl (ENG) bt [5/8] Neil Thomson (SCO) 9-4, 9-1, 3-9, 9-2
[2] Barry Gardiner (NZL) bt [5/8] Tom Slattery (AUS) 9-5, 9-3, 9-0

Men's Over 70 quarter-finals:
[1] Lance Kinder (ENG) bt Anthony Breakwell (ENG) 9-5, 9-0, 9-4
[3] John Woodliffe (ENG) bt Rowland Thompson (RSA) 9-1, 9-2, 9-2
Malcolm Gilham (ENG) bt [4] Don Williams (ENG) 9-2, 9-4, 9-7
[2] Brian Heath (RSA) bt [5/8] Anthony Seare (ENG) 9-0, 2-9, 9-1, 9-3

Women's Over 35 quarter-finals:
[1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) bt Carla Venter (RSA) 9-1, 9-2, 9-2
[5/8] Sharon Wakeford (RSA) bt [3] Isabelle Tyrrell (ENG) 9-0, 9-2, 4-9, 9-2
[4] Cindy Meintjes (AUS) bt [5/8] Iris Stockbauer (GER) 9-0, 9-2, 9-5
[2] Isabelle Tweedle (ENG) bt [5/8] Anne Bourne (RSA) 9-0, 9-6, 9-1

Women's Over 40 quarter-finals:
[1] Angelique Clifton-Parks (RSA) bt [5/8] Zoë Durbach (ENG) 9-3, 9-0, 9-2
[5/8] Sharon le Roux (RSA) bt [3] Mandy Akin (ENG) 1-9, 4-9, 9-1, 9-3, 9-3
[4] Vivienne Doeg (RSA) bt Carin Pretorius (RSA) 7-9, 9-6, 9-3, 9-3
[2] Susan Williams (RSA) bt [5/8] Bea de Dreu-Spitse (NED) 9-1, 9-4, 2-9, 7-9, 9-2

Women's Over 45 quarter-finals:
[1] Karen Hume (ENG) bt [5/8] Sally Jee (ENG) 9-4, 2-9, 6-9, 9-5, 9-5
[3] Janet van der Westhuizen (RSA) bt Tamsin Bennett (ENG) 3/0
Helena Kruger (RSA) bt Dorette Neethling (RSA) 6-9, 9-6, 9-4, 9-3
[5/8] Lisa O'Grady (RSA) bt Karen Fannin (RSA) 9-6, 5-9, 10-8, 4-9, 10-8

Women's Over 50 quarter-finals:
[1] Pauline Douglas (SCO) bt Ilse Basson (RSA) 9-1, 9-3, 9-0
Annalene le Roux (RSA) bt [4] Christine McIlroy (IRL) 9-7, 9-1, 9-5
[5/8] Carolyn Roylance (ENG) bt [3] Jan Ellis (ENG) 9-7, 9-1, 9-5
[2] Anne Richards (AUS) bt Charmaine Baker (RSA) 9-1, 9-3, 9-0

Women's Over 55 quarter-finals:
[1] Averil Murphy (ENG) bt [5/8] Marike Kritzinger (RSA) 6-9, 9-7, 9-2, 9-2
[5/8] Kathy Paterson (AUS) bt [3] Faith Sinclair (ENG) 9-3, 9-3, 6-9, 9-1
[5/8] Margie Hunt-Kemp (RSA) bt [4] Birdie Pearson (RSA) w/o
[2] Sue Volzke (AUS) bt [5/8] Deirdre Ingersent (RSA) 9-2, 9-7, 9-1

Women's Over 60 quarter-finals:
[1] Bett Dryhurst (ENG) bt Maeve Spotswood (IRL) 9-2, 9-3, 8-9, 9-2
[3] Jean Grainger (RSA) bt Penelope Steynore (RSA) 9-3, 9-1, 9-2
[4] Liz Pratten (RSA) bt Sheena Worwood (RSA) 9-6, 9-1, 9-2
[2] Ann Manley (ENG) bt Nettie Morris (RSA) 9-2, 9-6, 9-6

Veterans Close In On World Masters Titles In Cape Town
After a few days' play in the 8th World Masters Championships across five different venues in Cape Town, the world's biggest ever international squash tournament is reaching its climax following the completion of the quarter-finals in all but two of the age categories in the provincial capital of Western Cape in South Africa.

Favourites Mark Allen, of England, and Sarah Fitz-Gerald, the record five-times world champion from Australia, comfortably overcame their opponents to reach the semi-finals in the Over-35 events – while in the Women's Over-40 event, where all four semi-finalists are from the home nation, local star Angie Clifton-Parks is on course to win the title to add to the Over-35 crown she won in Espoo, Finland, in 2003.

In the Women's 45+, England's top seed Karen Hume had a good fight from fellow Englishwoman Sally Jee before triumphing to reach the last four – where she will also join three other home players! In the 50+, Scotland's Pauline Douglas is on course to meet South Africa's second seed Anne Richards.

In the new Women's 65+ event England's Joan Witten and Ireland's Barbara Sanderson topped the two pools.

In the Men's Over-45 event, Australian Geoff Davenport, a regular in the masters for years, took out South Africa's No1 seed Trevor Wilkinson and looks to be in mean form. But also looking good in the event is skilful Scot Alan Thomson, who delighted his new wife by holding off a great challenge from Malcolm McLarty in a repeat of his recent British Open match with the South African.

England's top seed Peter Alexander moved comfortably into the semis of the Men's 50+ - and now meets 5/8 seed Volke Hauke, from Germany. The other semi sees unseeded South African Peter Stephen meet England's 5/8 seed Stuart Hardy.

In the 55+ event, Australian Brian Cook remains on course to defend the title and retain the Ahmed Safwat trophy won in Espoo - but former England star Jonny Leslie, the fourth seed, is a very dangerous challenger, having overcome the hugely popular Roy Plumstead (RSA) in a connoisseur's match!

The Men's Over 60 championship saw SA Masters ex-President Nick Penstone, free of administrative duties, defeat local No1 seed Tony Martin to meet redoubtable Englishman Martin Pearse next. Australia's second seed Hugh Colburn is moving very effectively through the bottom half of the draw, though.

In the 65+, Welshman Brian Phillips meets Irishman Tom Hannan whilst ESF President Chris Stahl, from England, defeated Scottish ex-President Neil Thomson (who is here with two sons also playing, 40+ and 35+) - and now faces New Zealand's Barry Gardiner.