Three new caps for England’s EuroTeams squad

Three players will make their England debuts in Denmark next month as the reigning European men’s and women’s champions bid to record a fifth consecutive continental double.

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Yorkshire’s Chris Simpson and Hertfordshire’s Adrian Waller have been chosen for the men’s team for the first time, while Bedfordshire’s Vicky Lust, who is based in Canada, has received her first call-up to the women’s squad.

The women’s side will be led by world no.5 Alison Waters, as world no.3 Laura Massaro is taking a break from competitive squash after a hectic year.

Performance Director Tom Duggan explained: “Our priority for the event is to retain the titles, but we also want to ensure that we use it as a chance to give some of the younger players experience and integrate them into the England team.

“I am delighted for Chris, Adrian and Vicky, who will get their first senior England caps. Each of them has earned this opportunity with hard work and performances over the last 12 months, and we know when called upon, they will put in the performances they are all capable of.

“Laura hasn’t been selected as she is currently taking a break after a mammoth 12 months with her world title, the Commonwealth Games and the World Team Championship. Laura is, and always has been, committed to playing for England as we saw in Niagara -on-the-Lake, where she led the team to the world title.

“When selecting the squad, the selection panel, along with Laura, felt it was best for her have the extended break following the Windy City Open to support both Laura’s and ESR’s longer-term ambitions.”

The championships will be held in Herning from April 29th to May 2nd.

ENGLAND TEAMS
Men:  Nick Matthew (Yorkshire), Peter Barker (Essex), James Willstrop (Yorkshire), Daryl Selby (Essex), Chris Simpson (Yorkshire), Adrian Waller (Hertfordshire)

Women: Alison Waters (Middlesex), Sarah-Jane Perry (Warwickshire), Emma Beddoes (Warwickshire), Jenny Duncalf (Yorkshire), Vicky Lust (Bedfordshire)

World no.23 Simpson said: “I was delighted to be selected for the team. Getting a senior England cap has been a goal of mine for a long time now, so putting the shirt on will be a very proud moment for me.”

World no.24 Waller said: “I’m delighted to be selected for my first European Championships as a senior player. I’m just looking forward to it now and hoping that I can help the team retain the title that they won last year.”

World no.30 Lust said: “I’m delighted to have been selected for the England team. Representing England is something I have been working towards throughout my professional career. It’s exciting to be on a team with so many great players and I can’t wait to get to Denmark.”

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ESR CALL UP THREE NEW CAPS FOR EUROS

Three players will make their England debuts in Denmark next month as the reigning European men’s and women’s champions bid to record a fifth consecutive continental double.

Yorkshire’s Chris Simpson (pictured) and Hertfordshire’s Adrian Waller have been chosen for the men’s team for the first time, while Bedfordshire’s Vicky Lust, who is based in Canada, has received her first call-up to the women’s squad.

The women’s side will be led by world no.5 Alison Waters, as world no.3 Laura Massaro is taking a break from competitive squash after a hectic year.

Performance Director Tom Duggan explained: "Our priority for the event is to retain the titles, but we also want to ensure that we use it as a chance to give some of the younger players experience and integrate them into the England team.

“I am delighted for Chris, Adrian and Vicky, who will get their first senior England caps. Each of them has earned this opportunity with hard work and performances over the last 12 months, and we know when called upon, they will put in the performances they are all capable of.

“Laura hasn’t been selected as she is currently taking a break after a mammoth 12 months with her world title, the Commonwealth Games and the World Team Championship. Laura is, and always has been, committed to playing for England as we saw in Niagara -on-the-Lake, where she led the team to the world title.

“When selecting the squad, the selection panel, along with Laura, felt it was best for her have the extended break following the Windy City Open to support both Laura’s and ESR’s longer-term ambitions.”

The new caps are equally pleased with their selections, which follow rises into the world’s top 30 on the PSA and WSA Tours respectively.

World no.23 Simpson said: “I was delighted to be selected for the team. Getting a senior England cap has been a goal of mine for a long time now, so putting the shirt on will be a very proud moment for me.”

World no.24 Waller said: “I’m delighted to be selected for my first European Championships as a senior player. I’m just looking forward to it now and hoping that I can help the team retain the title that they won last year.”

World no.30 Lust said: “I’m delighted to have been selected for the England team. Representing England is something I have been working towards throughout my professional career. It’s exciting to be on a team with so many great players and I can’t wait to get to Denmark.”

The championships will be held in Herning from April 29 to May 2.

ENGLAND TEAMS
Men:
Nick Matthew (Yorkshire), Peter Barker (Essex), James Willstrop (Yorkshire), Daryl Selby (Essex), Chris Simpson (Yorkshire), Adrian Waller (Hertfordshire)

Women:
Alison Waters (Middlesex), Sarah-Jane Perry (Warwickshire), Emma Beddoes (Warwickshire), Jenny Duncalf (Yorkshire), Vicky Lust (Bedfordshire)

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MAGNIFICENT MATTHEW WINS FIFTH CLASSIC

England’s Nick Matthew last night won a record-breaking fifth Canary Wharf Classic, and his third consecutive PSA World Tour title, courtesy of a commanding 3/0 win over German Simon Rosner in the final of the 2015 edition of London’s premier squash tournament.

In front of a capacity crowd at the East Wintergarden, the 34-year-old from Sheffield proved too strong for the world no.9 from Paderborn, utilising his immense stamina and strength to deny Rosner any hopes of success as he powered his way to an 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 triumph in 55 minutes.

In so doing the top seed and defending champion became the first man since Ramy Ashour in 2013 to win three PSA tournaments on the bounce – adding the Canary Wharf Classic to the Swedish Open and Windy City Open titles he won inside the past two months.

“It’s just amazing to win this title for a fifth time and I’m going to enjoy it tonight,” said Matthew.

“This is one of the best venues and events on the tour. It’s been sold out all week and the atmosphere has been amazing. It’s tournaments and places like these where you really want to be playing your squash.”

Competing in one of the biggest matches of his life, Rosner, the highest-ranked German player of all time, struggled in the early exchanges and quickly found himself one game down after just 12 minutes courtesy of some uncharacteristic errors.

He responded impressively in the second game, shaking off any nerves to play his part in what was an intense final, but he couldn’t find the killer blow as Matthew came out on top in a series of punishing rallies during the key exchanges to win his 33rd PSA World Tour title.

“I’m really pleased with how I played this week and tonight but I just lost out to the better player on the night,” said Rosner.

Of his opponent, Matthew added: “I tried to make it really hard for him and I’m building up notes on him because he’s improving a lot and I’m sure we’re going to have a few more finals on tour over the next few years.”

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