World champ books in at Halifax club

Nick Matthew at Queens with fellow players and sponsors
Nick Matthew at Queens with fellow players and sponsors

Queens Sports Club welcomed world squash champion Nick Matthew on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Sheffield-based player was signing copies of his book ‘Sweating Blood’ as well as taking part in one of two exhibition matches watched by a capacity audience of 100 at the Halifax club.

Matthew has won the two most prestigious tournaments in the professional game, the British Open and the World Open, three times each.

His third world title success came in Manchester on November 3 when he beat Gregory Gaultier of France 3-2 in a marathon 111-minute final.

Things have got even better for him since. Matthew flew back to England this week having regained the world No 1 ranking with success over Spain’s Borca Golan in the final of the Hong Kong Open.

Matthew was a 3-1 winner over current world No 57 Eddie Charlton, a former Queens player, on Wednesday.

The other exhibition match was between two of the top players in the women’s game.

Sarah Kippax and Madline Perry are both based in Halifax and Kippax won their contest 3-2.

Club pro David Hymas said: “It was fantastic.”

Hymas revealed that Yorkshire League champions Queens would not play again in 2013.

Next Wednesday’s re-arranged match against Hallamshire is off and will be rescheduled in 2014.