Willstrop pipped in thrilling Commonwealth Games final

James Willstrop lost to World Champion Nick Matthew in the final. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.
James Willstrop lost to World Champion Nick Matthew in the final. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.

Pontefract’s James Willstrop lost to fellow Englishman Nick Matthew in the final of the Commonwealth Games singles squash championship for a second time.

Willstrop, 30, was pipped 11-9 8-11 11-5 6-11 11-5 in a thrilling final inn Glasgow.

It was a repeat of the 2010 Commwealth Games final in Delhi which Matthew also won.

Then Matthew had won in three games but this time he was made to work much harder as Willstrop pushed him every inch of the way.

An exhausting rally on the third point of the match set the tone as both men covered the court in tireless fashion producing some top quality squash.

World champion Matthew - who carried the England flag at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony - took the opening game before Willstrop hit back.

Sheffield’s Matthew, who won gold in both the singles and doubles in Delhi four years ago, went 2-1 ahead as he breezed through the third game but Willstrop hit back in impressive fashion in game four to take it to a decider.

But Matthew, who had won the last 24 meetings between the pair, went ahead early in the fifth game and maintained his advantage throughout to take it.