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Pilley and Cuskelly on top of the world

Top: Cameron Pilley (left) and Ryan Cuskelly have won the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships in Manchester, England. Bottom: Pilley (front) and Cuskelly in action. Images: World Squash Federation.


Yamba’s Cameron Pilley (world #18) and his doubles partner Ryan Cuskelly (world #14), representing Australia, won the WSF World Doubles Squash Championships in Manchester, England over the weekend.
The top seeded duo defeated Scotland’s Alan Clyne (world #26) and Greg Lobban (world #45) at the World Squash Federation tournament, reversing last year’s semi-final loss in Darwin.
The Australians were tested for a while in the first game, but pulled away to win 11-6; however, Pilley and Cuskelly dominated the second game, winning 10-2 and taking the title.
The Scots saved one match ball, but Pilley, who is renowned as the hardest hitter in squash, slammed a mid-court ball into the nick to take the win.
“We’ve had a lot of tough matches with them,” said Pilley.
“They beat us last year, so it was good to turn the tables this time.
“There were some brutal rallies in the first, but we stuck to our game plan and it worked out.
“Then in the second we continued to execute and they made a few errors which helped our cause.”
Meanwhile, fellow Yamba squash player Donna Urquhart (world #18) was forced to retire from the competition after suffering a leg injury in the mixed quarter finals, with Pilley as her partner.
Consequently Urquhart and Rachael Grinham (World #31) did not play in the women’s semi final against New Zealand pair Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy, who went on to win the tournament.