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Squash stars put on a show

Squash fans got chance to see some of the best players in the world in exhibition matches at the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association courts in Devonshire on Saturday night.

England’s living legend Peter Nicol, who held the top world ranking for over five years, returned to play old foe John White of Scotland. Both have played on the Island before.

Also displaying their talents were world number 10 Kasey Brown of Australia and Aisling Blake (ranked 23) from Ireland.

White beat Nicol 12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, while Brown got the better of Blake 9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8.

The matches were played in conjunction with the AXIS Team Challenge which wound up on Saturday night.

All of four of the visiting players conducted clinics for juniors.

Nicol has been described by some as the greatest player of all time. He held the number one spot for 60 successive months and is a former world champion, British Open champion and a Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

White is also a former number one. Once considered the world’s hardest hitter, he was clocked hitting shots in excess of 176mph.

Brown is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, while Blake is the current Irish national champion.

The matches were played before a sell-out crowd of 250.

BSRA Director of Squash Patrick Foster said "This is without doubt the biggest night of squash in Bermuda in recent years and to see so many people come down and enjoying such a spectacle was fantastic for Bermuda Squash. The BSRA is definitely planning on building on this event for the future."

The AXIS Challenge was won by The Muppets Team of Noah Browne, Chris Stout & Korin Knights. They defeated The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

Former world number ones Peter Nicol and John White gave squash fans a treat on Saturday night. Photo by Glenn Tucker

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Published June 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm (Updated June 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm)

Squash stars put on a show

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