Two well-respected and top international squash players will be meeting face to face in Devon, England — Nick Matthew (ENG), three-time World Champion and world No.4 will take on world No.18, Cameron Pilley (AUS) in Exeter. This event is sponsored by President of the Devon Squash Rackets Association, Keith White MBE.
Nick Matthew is often (and deservedly so) regarded as one of the greatest British Squash players of all time — with a high world ranking, an excellent 2016 year, many titles to his name, and being the only Englishman to win a World Championship title, Matthew is a favorite to win this matchup in Devon.
2006 is when “The Wolf,” as he was called, became the first Englishman to win the British Open since 1939, defeating Thierry Lincou (FRA) 3-2 in a five-set thriller in the finals. But it was in 2009 that Matthew really upped the ante and worked his way up the World Rankings to become World Number one for the first time.
He released an autobiography in October of 2013 entitled “Sweating Blood: My Life in Squash,” which reached very positive critical acclaim. An incredible season was made better when the Queen of England awarded Matthew an OBE.
Last month (March 2017), Matthew defeated world No.1 Mohamed El Shorbagy in an incredible five-set Semi Final in the 2017 British Open.
Cameron Pilley cannot be counted out, however. He is the current record holder of the hardest hitter of a squash ball — at 176 mph. He played for the Exeter Diamonds PSL years ago when they won titles back to back in the Super League.
Pilley is one of Australia’s most popular players — he claimed a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in mixed doubles, when partnered with Kasey Brown.
2011 was when Pilley broke the world record for hitting a squash ball at 175 miles per hour, beating the previous record (held by John White) by 3 mph. This record stood until May of 2014 when Pilley beat his own record again with a 176 mph hit.
Matthew and Pilley will be playing their match at the Devon & Exeter Squash Club on Tuesday, May 11th, and will also be at the Truro Squash Club on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th.
These two players have their own incredible talents and their upcoming match to the Westcountry has people excited. Keith White MBE stated that: “To have such highly ranked world class players to showcase their skills and talents is a real coup for Devon and Cornwall.
So, we have a world favorite, Nick Matthew (ENG) — highly ranked, consistent, and a powerhouse versus Cameron Pilley (AUS) — a serious hard hitter with the chops and confidence to take on a legend.