Squash: Sheffield’s Nick Matthew wins national title to become most successful British player of all time

Nick Matthew with his trophy after winning a record seventh national title
Nick Matthew with his trophy after winning a record seventh national title

Sheffield’s Nick Matthew says he ‘feels young again’ after becoming the most successful British squash player of all time.

The 34 year old won a record seventh national title in Manchester, beating Essex’s Daryl Selby 11/5, 11/3, 11/2 at the National Squash Centre.

Matthew’s victory meant he surpassed his own and Cassie Jackman’s previous record of six National Championship wins.

“It was a massive goal of mine to break the record, I’ve learnt a lot from the names on the trophy both men and women,” said Matthew, who writes a weekly column in The Star. “I watched Cassie (Jackman) train when I was growing up so it means a lot to me to break the record.

“Daryl’s never beaten so I had to keep going even at 8-1 up in the final game I had to block out my emotion and stay focused.

“The win has made me feel young again, I’m always striving to improve and want to thank my team for helping me to keep at the top,” he added.