Edinburgh Sports Club win bronze at squash European Club Championships

Hosts Edinburgh Sports Club won bronze at squash's European Club Championships after a thrilling victory over English champions Edgbaston.
Edinburgh Sports Club's Rory Stewart, right.Edinburgh Sports Club's Rory Stewart, right.
Edinburgh Sports Club's Rory Stewart, right.

Chris Leiper won the contest for the home side with a season best performance against Edgbaston’s Lewis Anderson. Tightly controlling the game, Leiper made an astonishingly low number of errors, squeezing a close 3-0 victory.

Edinburgh captain Simon Boughton said: “This is a fantastic result for the club - our best ever finish in this tournament. It feels a little extra special in front of a home crowd.

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"Some of the best players in the world are at this event, so the fact that a Scottish team has finished with a medal is a really big achievement. I’ve been playing in this event for years, and the standard this year might be the highest I have seen.”

Dubbed the Champions League of squash, this is the first time the prestigious tournament has been held in Edinburgh in its 32-year history. It has featured many of the top players in the world, including German world No. 5, Simon Rosner, and Kiwi world No. 6, Paul Coll.

Scotland’s No. 1 Greg Lobban will contest the final for German side Black and White Worms. They will face another German side, No. 1 seeds Paderborn, who defeated Edinburgh in the semi-finals.

Only a few Scottish sides have ever won a medal in the tournament’s history.

In the women's competition, Edinburgh Sports Club, bronze medallists last year, finished fourth.