Squash: Early nerves are overcome by Parke

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Simon Parke, the England first string, was "a bit relieved" to have survived a first-round tie with Dan Jenson, a 19-year-old qualifier from Australia, in the World Championship in Nicosia, Cyprus, yesterday.

"It was a nervy performance," Parke said, after winning 15-6 11-15 15- 11 15-13. "Dan is such a quick, inventive player."

Jansher Khan, the defending champion, went through 3-1 against John Ransome of Essex. Ransome was content to have taken a game from Jansher, which won him free drinks all night following a wager with fellow players.