6 Aug 2008

NZ beat Hong Kong at world squash team champs

3:23 pm on 6 August 2008

New Zealand's squash players have produced an upset on the second day of the biennial World Junior Men's Team Championship being held for the first time in Zurich, Switzerland.

After beating event debutantes China 3-0 in the opening tie of the day, ninth seeds New Zealand faced Hong Kong, the eighth seeds, in the decider in Pool H.

Cameron Jamieson outlasted Fung Ji Yang 5-9 9-1 4-9 9-6 2-5, with the Hong Kong player forced to retire with cramp after 73 minutes on court.

But Leo Au levelled the tie for the Asian side, handing the New Zealand number one Evan Williams his first defeat of the teams event, with a 9-3 10-9 9-5 victory in 50 minutes.

That left Alex Grayson the task of winning the tie for New Zealand, which

he did with a 9-3 9-3 9-4 victory over Nelson Chan in the battle of the number threes.

In the last 16 knockout stage, New Zealand now face 10th seeds Canada for a place in the quarter-finals.