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Liverpool Cricket Club Open 2023

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Liverpool Cricket Club Open 2023
Men's Draw
29 Mar -02 Apr
Liverpool, UK, $6k

Final:
[1] Ben Smith (ENG) bt [8] Perry Malik (ENG) 10-12, 11-9, 13-11, 11-8 (51m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Ben Smith (ENG) bt [4] James Peach (ENG) 11-8, 4-11, 11-7, 11-5 (45m)
[8] Perry Malik (ENG) bt Miles Jenkins (ENG) 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 (59m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Ben Smith (ENG) bt [6] Dewald van Niekerk (RSA) 11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (33m)
[4] James Peach (ENG) bt [7] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 11-3, 11-9, 12-10 (39m)
Miles Jenkins (ENG) bt [5] Owain Taylor (WAL) 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (45m)
[8] Perry Malik (ENG) bt [2] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 (45m)

1st round:
[1] Ben Smith (ENG) bt Stuart MacGregor (ENG) 11-7, 13-11, 10-12, 11-3 (52m)
[6] Dewald van Niekerk (RSA) bt Nicholas Calvert (AUS) 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 (31m)
[7] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bt Marc Lopez (ESP) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (25m)
[4] James Peach (ENG) bt Alasdair Prott (SCO) 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 (41m)
Miles Jenkins (ENG) bt [3] Emyr Evans (WAL) 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (41m)
[5] Owain Taylor (WAL) bt [WC] Cory Harding (ENG) 11-4, 11-3, 12-10 (32m)
[8] Perry Malik (ENG) bt Elliott Morris Devred (WAL) 6-11, 15-13, 12-10, 11-5 (46m)
[2] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt Finnlay Withington (ENG) 13-11, 12-10, 11-4 (41m)

Liverpool Cricket Club Open 2023
Women's Draw
29 Mar -02 Apr
Liverpool, UK, $6k

Final:
[3] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [2] Alicia Mead (ENG) 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (31m)

Semi-finals:
[3] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [6] Alison Thomson (SCO) 11-9, 16-14, 11-9 (36m)
[2] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt [4] Alex Haydon (AUS) 8-11, 11-6, 1-11, 11-3, 11-3 (42m)

Quarter-finals:
[6] Alison Thomson (SCO) bt [1] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) 11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7 (41m)
[3] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [7] Katerina Tycova (GER) 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (33m)
[4] Alex Haydon (AUS) bt [8] Ali Loke (WAL) 5-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-9 (50m)
[2] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt [5] Anna Kimberley (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (29m)

1st round:
[1] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) bt Lowri Roberts (WAL) 5-11, 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-2 (38m)
[6] Alison Thomson (SCO) bt Jacqueline Peychšr (AUT) 11-9, 11-1, 11-7 (27m)
[7] Katerina Tycova (GER) bt [WC] Katie Cox (ENG) 11-3, 12-10, 11-7 (27m)
[3] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Yasshmita Jadishkumar (MAS) 11-6, 9-11, 7-11, 11-4, 12-10 (41m)
[4] Alex Haydon (AUS) bt Emilia Korhonen (FIN) 14-12, 11-8, 11-5 (29m)
[8] Ali Loke (WAL) bt Breanne Flynn (IRL) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (23m)
[5] Anna Kimberley (ENG) bt Polly Clark (ENG) 13-11, 11-4, 11-6 (29m)
[2] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt Katriona Allen (SCO) 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-2 (35m)
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Round 1

Ben Smith & Torrie Malik Victorious On Finals Day



Two English winners were guaranteed at the Liverpool Cricket Club Open as an all-English line-up treated the Liverpool crowd, but it was menís top seed Ben Smith and womenís No.3 seed Torrie Malik who lifted the trophies.

The womenís final between Torrie Malik and Alicia Mead was up first in front of a packed crowd with both players determined to lift the inaugural womenís title. Malik closed out a tight opening game 11-9 by dominating the middle and working the ball around the court well to move Mead constantly.

After doubling her lead with a comfortable second game, Malik was in top form. The 18-year-old continued to press in game three and set herself up with two match balls at 10-8. Despite Mead forcing a tiebreak, Malik regained her focus to win the next two points and close out game three 12-10 to claim a second successive title.

ďIím really happy to win this title. Itís been a tough week. Thanks to the organisers, the club, Alicia [Mead] for a great final. Thanks to the crowd for the support and my dad for driving up here and hopefully Iíll be back next year, Ē said Malik after her win.

Torrieís brother Perry was up against Ben Smith in the menís final next on court and it didnít disappoint. Smith controlled large parts of the first game and looked sure to seal the game as he earned five game balls at 10-5. But back came Malik, the world No.120 changed his style slightly and worked his way back in the game to win the next seven points and steal the game 12-10.

Smith managed to remain calm however and didnít panic as he continued his brand of attacking squash, much to the crowdís delight. Smith held strong in all the crucial moments after the first game and played the big points well to close out the following three games 11-9, 13-11, 11-8 to become the second Liverpool Cricket Club Open Champion.

ďI firstly want to thank the club, Breeny & Connor for all the organisation that has gone into this. The sponsors of the tournament, without which, this event wouldnít be possible and Perry [Malik] for a good final.

ďIíd also like to thank my sponsors and my team for helping me every step of the way. I love playing here, the crowd are amazing and makes it a proper atmosphere so thank you for that. And I hope to be back next year.Ē
 
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Torrie Malik in action at the British Nationals in 2022
Torrie Malik, pictured here in Manchester in 2022

One of three events to start on Wednesday, the Challenger 5 level Liverpool Cricket Club Open will feature both menís and womenís draw.

The tournament returns for its second edition, and this year it will see a womenís draw for the first time. Last year, Scotlandís Rory Stewart was the victor, beating Englishman Joe Lee in the final.

Englandís Ben Smith made it to the last four in the 2022 edition. He will be the top seed for the menís draw this year. Compatriots James Peach and Perry Malik will also be among the eight seeds for this yearís competition.

South Africaís Dewald van Niekerk will join the Welsh duo of Emyr Evans and Owain Taylor, and the Kiwi pairing of Lwamba and Temwa Chileshe, as the rest of the top eight seeds. Lwamba, the older of the siblings, will be the No.2 seed for the draw.

Scotlandís Alsadair Prott Australian Nicholas Calvert and Spaniard Marc Lopez will be their nationís sole representatives in the menís event. The tournament wildcard will be Cory Harding, with the World No.736 featuring for the first time on Tour.

New Zealandís Kaitlyn Watts will be the the top seed for the womenís event in Liverpool this week. Englandís Alicia Mead, Torrie Malik and Anna Kimberley will all be among the top eight seeds, with Malik coming into this competition after winning her biggest Tour title on Saturday, as she won the Mozart Open in Austria.

Australian Alex Haydon, Scotlandís Alison Thomson, German Katerina Tycova and Welshwoman Ali Loke will make up the rest of the top eight seeds this week. Austrian Jacqueline Peychar, Irelandís Breanne Flynn and Malaysian Yasshmita Jadishkumar will all be in action.

The event takes place from Wednesday, March 29 to Saturday, April 1 at the Liverpool Cricket Club. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
 

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