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Squash: Matthew wins epic title battle

Nick Matthew prevailed in the historic men's British National Championship final between the top two players in the world when he beat James Willstrop in an 81-minute display of dazzling, world-class squash at the National Squash Centre in Manchester yesterday.

After a series of stunning rallies and on his third match ball, Matthew clinched an 11-8, 11-3, 6-11, 14-12 victory to secure a record-equalling fourth championship.

Laura Massaro became the first player successfully to defend the women's title for eight years when she defeated Londoner Alison Waters 11-2, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4.