Squash: Britons foiled by Khans

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THE first clash of the Khans for 15 months will take place in the final of the Allied Bank/CAA Pakistan Open here today as the English ended their most encouraging few days on the world circuit for several years in yesterday's semi-finals.

Jahangir Khan, the 10 times British Open champion who many said was finished, recovered from a spirited counter-attack by Simon Parke to win 15-8, 15-7, 15-10.

Jansher Khan, the world champion, was a game and 5-7 down to Parke's friend, Peter Marshall, until a punishing 70-stroke rally at 5-2 in the third game exhausted the British national champion.

Jansher's 12-15, 15-12, 15-6, 15-5 win took an hour and 12 minutes, while Jahangir's lasted almost an hour. When Marshall lost the first two games to Jahangir and then recovered in the next two in the World Open 10 weeks ago, the great man retired, complaining of a bad back.

A feeling also persisted that Parke might be able to trouble Jahangir. Instead he had to be satisfied with a good performance, though Parke did not play his best until the second half of the match.

Marshall's best against Jansher came early on. The increasing frequency with which the 21-year-old moved his famous opponent around added to the impression that he is already in touch with the top players. 'The English played very well and it is good to see them coming to the semi-finals for a change instead of the Australians,' Jahangir said.