An historic victory for MB Nottingham
Squash: MB Nottingham pulled off a sensational 3-2 victory over old rivals Benz-Bavarian Duffield in round 8 of the Premier Squash League.
Despite suffering their first PSL defeat of the season, Duffield are already virtually assured a place in the end-of-season play-offs after taking points from each match against Nottingham.
Nottingham stalwart Emma Beddoes paved the way for the hosts after pulling off a stunning 11-5, 5-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-6 victory over Laura Massaro, the world No.3 from Preston.
It was world No.31 Beddoes' first win over the England No.1 in seven meetings in the last six years.
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Inspired by her unexpected success, Scot Greg Lobban dug deep to earn his first win over Duffield's Chris Fuller after a 106-minute battle.
When Eddie Charlton survived the third five-game match of the day to beat Duffield's Joel Hinds 11-6, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9, it signalled the end of Duffield's season-long unbeaten run.
But the Derbyshire club hit back to win the other two matches.
Declan James lost to Andy Whipp in four games, and the new record five-time British National champion Nick Matthew beat top-ranked Scot Alan Clyne in straight games.
It enabled Duffield to extended their lead at the top of Group A to 26 points after rivals Oxford Health & Racquets lost 3-2 at Chapel Allerton.
Yorkshire club AJP Pontefract kept their play-off hopes alive with a 4-1 home win over University of Birmingham.
MB Nottingham 3 Benz-Bavarian Duffield 2: Alan Clyne lost to Nick Matthew 11-13, 11-13, 7-11; Eddie Charlton bt Joel Hinds 11-6, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9; Declan James lost to Andy Whipp 7-11, 11-13, 11-4, 6-11; Greg Lobban bt Chris Fuller 13-11, 11-9, 11-13, 7-11, 11-8 (106m); Emma Beddoes bt Laura Massaro 11-5, 5-11, 13-11, 7-11, 11-6.