New Zealand has maintained squash dominance over Australia with a hard fought victory in the men’s world junior teams championships in Chennai, India.
The Kiwi side scored a 2-1 victory over their trans-Tasman counterparts to continue their placing matches at the tournament with a good start giving them hope of a 3-nil victory..
Gabe Yam got things underway well at No.2 for New Zealand with a straight game win over Jacob Ford showing total control throughout the contest and winning 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 in 31 minutes.
However in the battle of the top players Matthew Lucente was beaten by Nicholas Calvert dropping the first set in a marathon 16-18 before taking the second 13-11 but unfortunately losing the third and fourth 5-11, 3-11 for a total match time of one hour five minutes.
In the third and deciding match Anthony Lepper stepped up for New Zealand against Jack Hudson winning the first set 11- 6 but in the second set the Australian fought hard to level the score on a tie break. After some intense rallies including several crucial calls from the referee the Lepper showed more composure to prevail prevailed in four sets 11-6, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10 in 59 minutes.
The win puts New Zealand in in the top 12 where they now face fifth seeds and hosts India tonight.