In an epic battle England’s endeavor to win back honour after a shock quarter-final loss to Malaysia at the World Junior Championships being staged in Namibia was rewarded with a fifth place win over India 2/1 but it was a close run thing and went to the final game.
George Parker put England ahead on the scoreboard with a 6-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 11-5 win in 62 minutes over the Indian no.1 Kush Kumar.
The match score was soon levelled however when Indian no.2 Madhav Dhingra overcame Lyell Fuller 11-2, 7-11, 9-11, 11-13 (45m)?to set up the decider.
England’s no.3 Patrick Rooney facing Indian’s Velavan Senthilkumar went 2/1 down but showed the resilience to turn the match around and in an exciting finish clinched it 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8 (65m) to win fifth place for England.
Egypt retained the title for the third time in a row after beating Pakistan 2/0 in the final. The favourites however were pushed all the way by the second seeds in the sixth successive final between the world’s two junior powerhouse squash nations – Egypt’s eventual triumph equalling the five-title record of Australia, the event’s first champions in 1980.
Elsewhere Spain surprised with a third place win over Malaysia, with England, then India following in the standings.
[TOP PIC: George Parker puts England ahead in World JuniorChampionship play-off final.]
Story courtesy of EnglandSquashAndRackets.com