Squash: Matthew reaches last eight of nationals

Nick Matthew beat Greg Lobban in the British National Championships. Picture: Steve Line.
Nick Matthew beat Greg Lobban in the British National Championships. Picture: Steve Line.

Sheffield great Nick Matthew booked his place in the quarter-finals of the British National Championships after a comfortable win over Greg Lobban.

The top seed brushed aside Scotland’s Lobban at the National Squash Centre in Manchester yesterday, winning 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 in little over half an hour.

The 33-year-old is in a rich vein of form, having secured the Swedish Open last week. En route to lifting the trophy for a fourth time, Matthew beat close rivals Gregory Gaultier and Ramy Ashour.

He said: “I’m pleased to have got through to the quarters; the standard of squash is so high I’ve just got to take every match as it comes.”

Matthew, who bagged the third world title of his glittering career in Manchester last year, faces Joe Lee in the last eight this afternoon. He saw off lucky loser Richie Fallows 11-8, 11-13, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5.

“It wasn’t my best match,” admitted Lee. “But he [Fallows] didn’t allow me to play my game. It was a very mature performance from him; he proved he deserves to be in the main draw and got in my face and made it difficult. He just needs a bit more consistency which will come very quickly.”

In the other top-half quarter-final, Daryl Selby, the 2011 champion, and Tom Richards will meet for the fourth year on the spin.