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England pair claim silver

England's Alison Waters and Peter Barker won silver in the squash mixed doubles, after being defeated by Australia's Rachael Grinham and David Palmer in the gold-medal match at Scotstoun on the final day of the Commonwealth Games.

Grinham and Palmer came through to win 11-8 11-10 in a match time of 48 minutes in front of squash fan Prince Albert of Monaco, who watched the match from the front row.

Palmer, 38, came out of retirement in a bid to claim the Commonwealth gold - which had previously eluded him throughout his career - alongside Melbourne 2006 women's doubles gold medallist Grinham.

The lead swung each way during the first game before it was levelled at 8-8, with the Australian pair coming through to claim an 11-8 scoreline and take the advantage.

Barker and Waters hit back in game two, moving to a 6-1 lead before Grinham and Palmer levelled at 10-10, but the Australians did not falter on the match point.

In the mixed doubles bronze-medal match, top seeds Kasey Brown and Cameron Pilley from Australia defeated number two seeds Joelle King and Martin Knight of New Zealand 8-11 11-9 11-8 in one hour and 20 minutes.

Earlier, England's James Willstrop and Daryl Selby secured bronze in the men's doubles by defeating Scotland's Harry Leitch and Alan Clyne 11-9 11-7 in one hour 19 minutes.

Willstrop asked the match referee to tell the audience to try to silence their screaming children midway through a tense opening game before the Scottish duo edged 7-5 in front.

The English pair moved ahead before there was a short break after Selby accidentally smashed his racquet into Clyne's face, forcing the Scot to replace his visor, but Willstrop and Selby continued their comeback to take the first game.

A closely fought second was also won by England in front of the Scottish crowd.

"This is our Olympics - it is the biggest stage that we can perform on," Selby said after winning bronze.

"I didn't get a chance to perform last week in the singles, so this was my personal chance and our chance together to show what we can do and get a Commonwealth medal.

"It is something I can say now that I am a Commonwealth medallist and it ticks a box for me - it's a nice feeling."

Willstrop added: "This was about as special as any of my Commonwealth medals.

"It is great to do it with a friend and with someone you have worked hard with.

"All of last summer and this summer we have worked hard on doubles and we have known each other for years, so of course it is special.

"We play singles all the time and we are training to be good at that, but, to do it with someone else, it has been a great experience."