Duffield look to avert Willstrop danger
THE big two clash the supporters were hoping to see is unlikely to happen as Benz-Bavarian Duffield return to their home court in the Premier Squash League tonight (7pm).
But James Willstrop, who spent almost the whole of 2012 as the world's number one ranked player, will be in the Pontefract side to take on the runaway Group A leaders.
It had been hoped that Nick Matthew would line up at number one for Duffield to provide a high-powered end to the night.
However, world number two Matthew played in the final of the Swedish Open on Sunday and was troubled by blisters on his way to defeat by Gregory Gaultier, so he is almost certainly out of contention for his club side.
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Apart from the lure of renewing his rivalry with Willstrop, there is no real need for Matthew to play in the match, with the Derbyshire side 39 points clear of third place and almost assured of a play-off place after winning their first six matches.
Even without their top player, manager Felix Frixou still feels his side can extend that winning streak.
"If we get it right on the night, this is a match we can win but even if we lose it, it won't really matter because we have all those points in hand," he said.
"It's a pity we could not have Nick against James for our home crowd but I'm happy James is playing at least because he is a top quality player."
Duffield will start confident of wins for women's world number three Laura Massaro against Kirsty McPhee and for Chris Fuller against Thoboki Mohohlo.
In-form Andy Whipp will face Siddarth Suchde and Adam Murrills is to take on Lee Beachill in the two clashes that will probably decide the contest.
The task of playing Willstrop will fall to Joel Hinds, who can take heart from his strong performance against Alister Walker last time out.
Match line-up (home player first): Joel Hinds v James Willstrop, Andy Whipp v Siddarth Suchde, Adam Murrills v Lee Beachill, Chris Fuller v Thoboki Mohohlo, Laura Massaro v Kirsty McPhee.