2001 Test Series
England versus the World Stars
Chichester, Wolverhampton, Hallamshire England
June 12-15 2001
REST OF WORLD CLINCH THE SERIES by Steve Cubbins and Alan Thatcher, © 2001
Test Match Series Round TWO Wolverhampton, 13th Jun
Simon Parke (Eng) bt
Jonathon Power (RoW) 2-9, 9-6, 9-5, 2-9, 9-5 42m
A capacity crowd, estimated at over 200, gathered to see PSA and WISPA stars again take the stage in this all-star team format. With both Power and Parke tuning up for the high-stakes Superseries Final next week, the spectators were treated to squash at its finest.
The Rest of the World team took a winning 2-0 lead in the Test Series against England in tonight's match at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. The visitors won the first two matches before world #6 Simon Parke prevented a clean sweep when he beat Canada's world #1 Jonathon Power in five games of breathtaking squash.
Power began in sensational style, hitting spectacular winners from every corner of the court to leave Parke reeling, and the packed crowd in awe.
He fell heavily in the second game and injured his right knee. After ice-pack treatment Power was able to continue, but Parke took advantage of his opponent's reduced mobility to take a 2-1 lead.
By now Power was gambling on even more spectacular winners, and to the delight of the crowd took the fourth game, but Parke eventually ran out the winner in the fifth.
Earlier British Open champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald had carried on from where she left off in Birmingham and Chichester with a devastating performance of speed, power and precision against National Champion Sue Wright, to give her Rest of the World team an unassailable 2-0 lead in tonight's match, and also in the three match series.
The first match of the evening saw half an hour of sheer class as Karim Darwish made amends for yesterday's loss to give his team the early lead against Nick Matthew. Darwish is in the mould of a long line of Egyptian champions, combining ferocious hitting power with almost effortless artistry, and tonight's crowd saw first-hand why he is tipped to become the next big star from Egypt.
The series concludes on Friday at Hallamshire, Nick Matthew's home club, where Lee Beachill takes over at number one for England.
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