Squash: Luxembourg lie in wait
HOSTS Jersey will play Luxembourg in the European Team Championships Division III men's quarter-finals today, after progressing through to the knock-out stage as pool winners.
The Caesareans, bronze medal winners in the same competition 12 months ago, thrashed Greece to guarantee their place in the last-eight as Pool C winners, while Luxembourg narrowly beat Guernsey to the position of Pool D runners-up.
Following their 2-2 draw with Estonia on day one, Jersey required a comprehensive victory over the Greeks yesterday morning to ensure they won their pool. If the hosts dropped any more than two games across their four rubbers, the door would have been open for the Estonians to win the pool and, in theory, secure a more straightforward quarter-final.
The hosts take on Luxembourg at 11 am this morning, with the semi-finals taking place from 5 pm.
Jersey's women tasted their first defeat of the week yesterday evening, losing 3-0 to a strong Russia team.
The hosts, represented by Sarah Taylor, Kate Cadigan and Susan Turpin, breezed to a 3-0 win over Luxembourg yesterday morning but they were unable to take that positive momentum into the clash with Russia.
Top seed Irina Beliaeva beat Sarah Taylor 3-1, Anastasia Gross came through a draining five-game match against Cadigan, while Olga Petrukhina beat Beth Garton 3-0.
Jersey play Croatia in a crucial match at 11 am today, before facing Latvia this evening and currently unbeaten leaders Malta tomorrow.
Full report in Thursday's JEP.
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