British squash champions Lee
Beachill and Linda Elriani have
retained their positions at the top of the end-of-year
England rankings, announced today (Thursday) by England
Squash, though both are being chased by new
rivals who have moved up to second place in the lists.
top four places in the men’s list are occupied by members
of the England squad which convincingly won the World Team Championships title
in Pakistan earlier
this month – bringing the trophy back to Britain
after an eight-year absence.
the 28-year-old Yorkshireman from Pontefract who became
the men’s British champion early this year for the third
time in his fifth successive final, has held the number
one ranking throughout the year. But
close behind is his good friend and Pontefract club-mate James
Willstrop, whom he beat in the 2005 final. Willstrop,
22, moves up a place to No2 – the same position he
currently occupies in the world rankings, ahead of Beachill!
Team-mates Peter Nicol and Nick
Matthew (both also with county allegiances to
Yorkshire) are at three and four, respectively, whilst
former England number one Simon Parke – also a Yorkshireman – remains
risers in the list are Shropshire’s Jonathan
Kemp, who moves three places into the top ten
at ten for the first time, and Somerset’s Joey
Barrington, who leaps five places to 12.
Elriani became England No1 for the first time in February
after winning her maiden British national title. The
34-year-old from Eastbourne, who was out of action in
the middle of the year with a hamstring injury, recovered
last month to crush Malaysia’s British Open champion Nicol David in the Premier
Squash League (PSL).
Manchester’s Vicky Botwright jumps
three places to a career-high No2 in the new list and is
likely to be seeded to meet Elriani in February’s British
National Championships women’s final in Manchester.
Waters moves to a best-ever No5, behind Lincolnshire’s Tania
Bailey at three and Harrogate’s Jenny
Duncalf at four.
Middlesex’s Dominique Lloyd-Walter rises
two places to make her top ten debut at nine, while Merseyside’s Georgina
Stoker bursts into the women’s top 20 at 15.