Australia's Cameron Pilley (left) and Ryan Cuskelly suffered a shock men's doubles loss.
Australia's Cameron Pilley (left) and Ryan Cuskelly suffered a shock men's doubles loss. Jono Searle

How Pilley overcame shock loss for semi final

Cameron Pilley couldn't dwell on it.

He and world champion doubles partner Ryan Cuskelly, the top seeds and Australian squash's most likely Commonwealth Games gold medal, had just been put out of the competition on Friday courtesy of a sudden death point.

Englishmen Daryl Selby and Adrian Waller had pulled off what could be deemed the upset of the tournament, crushing the northern NSW duo's dreams of a gold medal on home soil.

It was devastating.

"We were hugely disappointed," Pilley said.

"You get to 10-all and if either player hits a good shot it will go their way. They were fortunate enough to hit it."

Cuskelly withdrew from the men's singles draw just days beforehand due to an adductor injury and the pair had seemingly overcame their "worst preparation for an event" to progress to the quarter-finals.

"I really felt for Cusk. He pulled out all the stops, left no stone unturned to be ready for the doubles," Pilley said.

"I wanted to win that game for him."

Pilley couldn't dwell on the shock loss - he had a mixed-doubles semi-final alongside cousin and fellow Yamba-raised Australian star Donna Urquhart on Friday night.

It just so happened to be against one half of the team that ended his men's doubles dream, as Selby partnered Alison Waters.

But Pilley was not going to lose to Selby twice in one day.

The English duo won the first game 11-10, before the Aussies rallied to win the next two 11-7 11-7 to earn their way into the gold medal match.

Having bowed out of the women's singles in her quarter-final, Urquhart will contest a women's doubles semi-final on Saturday afternoon before she and Pilley engage in a gold medal battle in the mixed doubles with India's Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal from 7pm, in front of a large cohort of supporters from Yamba who want nothing more than victory.


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