Sun 29th, Day SIX: The Final
 Daryl Selby (Eng) Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11/9, 4/11, 11/7, 12/10 (104m)
Selby survives Dutch Marathon
Selby is the new Dutch Open champion after the English
fourth seed prevailed over Cameron Pilley in a marathon
encounter at the Victoria Club in Rotterdam.
With both players taking few risks in the early stages, the
opening game alone took 30 minutes. It was Selby who took a
slender lead and was generally one or two points ahead.
Pilley came back to lead 8-6 but Selby reasserted, taking
the game with a little crosscourt flick that was probably
better than the shot he intended to hit, much to Pilley's
Australian came out firing in the second though, putting in
more attacks and taking the game comfortably in just 11
It was back to business in the third, as Selby kept his
opponent on a much tighter leash. Again he took an early
lead, 5/1, and although Pilley levelled at 6-all with two
volley winners, Selby went ahead again with two of his own.
The score stuck at 9-7 for minutes, with seven long rallies
ending in lets, before Pilley tinned and Selby put in a
winning drop off a loose boast to regain the lead. 30
The fourth was another gruelling game, mixing the long
rallies of the first and third, but both more eager to
pounce on a good opportunity now. There was nothing in it up
to 8-all, Selby played a long dropshot and got a stroke to
take him to 10-8, but tinned on the next two rallies.
thought he had another match ball when the central referee
announced a stroke on the next rally, only for Pilley to
point out that two of the refs had signalled a let. But the
Australian's relief was short-lived as he tinned the next
Five scrambling rallies, five lets, but finally Selby put in
a shot was too tight for Pilley to retrieve and turned,
delighted to see three flat hands signalling the end of the
25-minute game, the last of 78 decisions made.
He may have had an easy semi-final, but boy did Daryl have
to work in his other three matches this week. Tough luck on
Cameron to finish runner-up again, but Daryl deserved it on
his efforts this week.
was pretty crucial to come back and take the first game,
because he just played too well in the second.
"Then it was just a question of hanging in there.
"We both wanted to win obviously, it's a big tournament, a
four star, and Tommy and his team always organise them so