Squash: Matthew survives British Open scare

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Nick Matthew scraped into the quarter-finals of the Allam British Open following a hard-fought victory over close friend Daryl Selby.

Sheffield ace Matthew edged out his England teammate Selby 11-7, 10-12, 11-3, 5-11, 11-4 after a gruelling 74-minute encounter last night.

The 33-year-old, seeking a fourth British Open title, is the top seed in the prestigious tournament and faces Karim Darwish or qualifier Fares Dessouki in the last eight tomorrow at the Sports Arena in Hull.

In the bottom half of the draw, world number one Gregory Gaultier takes on Miguel Angel Rodriguez in round two today. The winner will play either Grégoire Marche or four-time world champion Amr Shabana in the quarter-finals.

James Willstrop and Ramy Ashour are also in action and will lock horns with Egyptian player Omar Mosaad and Laurens Jan Anjema respectively.