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Cuskelly, Pilley fall at first hurdle in England

Ryan Cuskelly, right, in action against New Zealander Paul Coll
Ryan Cuskelly, right, in action against New Zealander Paul Coll Picasa

AUSTRALIAN duo Ryan Cuskelly and Cameron Pilley made first-round exits at the Channel VAS Championships squash tournament in Surrey, near London, going down to last year's finalists Paul Coll and Tarek Momen.

Cuskelly, of Evans Head, lost in straight games to Coll, a Kiwi, while Pilley, of Yamba, failed to fire against his Egyptian opponent.

In a virtually error-free performance, Coll hit his lines and kept Cuskelly away from the 'T' to work a number of openings.

Cuskelly failed to match the consistency of his opponent, who won 11-4 11-5 11-7 in 55 minutes.

"Ryan and I have played a few times, we seem to get each other a lot,” Coll, the sixth seed, said.

"I know his game and he's a solid player, so I knew it was going to be a battle and I just tried to be even more solid.

"I really like the court and I have good memories here, so I felt relaxed and just played my game. I felt really good out there.

"It feels great to be back, the court suits me well and I enjoy the atmosphere. I know a lot of people round here, so it creates a very relaxed environment for me to play in.”

Pilley went a game up against Momen but failed to hold on as the Egyptian world No8 came back to take the next three games without reply.

Momen, the fourth seed, won 9-11 11-7 11-6 11-8 in 58 minutes..