Thursday, December 7, 2023

BSPA: Selby meets Grant in final

Adrian Grant meets Daryl Selby in the final
Adrian Grant meets Daryl Selby in the final

Top seed Daryl Selby overcame a spirited challenge from Eddie Charlton to take his final berth in the Reliable Networks BSPA Grand Prix Finals. Selby was joined by England team-mate Adrian Grant, who got past Guernsey’s Chris Simpson in the evening’s second semi-final.

Selby looked to be struggling a little early on as Charlton won the first but steadied the ship to  take the second and then played immaculate squash in the third to close it out without dropping a single point! The fourth was more evenly matched but Selby always looked in control and so it proved to be as he finished off his younger opponent in just under 50 minutes.

The Grant versus Simpson encounter was played out at a furious pace from the off. The first could have gone either way as both players battled ascendency but it was Grant who gained the upper hand edging it on the tie break.

Simpson bounced back to take the second, but it was Grant who came out the stronger in the third to again get on top. Simpson battled valiantly to the death, but it was Grant who finished the stronger to set up a much anticipated clash with Selby in Friday night’s final.

Selby beat Charlton 3/1                 8/11 11/7 11/0 11/7

Grant bt Simpson 3/1                     12/10, 4/11, 11/5, 11/5

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