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Title number five for Matthew

Nick Matthew beat James Willstrop to win his fifth national squash title in Manchester.

The world number two appeared imperious as he sealed the victory in straight games 11-9 11-3 11-3.

"That feels fantastic," said Matthew. "People have made a big thing about me winning five (titles), but to be honest, I don't count them, I just want to win them.

"James is a great competitor, and whilst he won't make excuses, I can do it for him because he was clearly not at his best today and I have the utmost respect for him."

Meanwhile, London's Alison Waters collected her third title after defeating reigning champion Laura Massaro in a tense and often contentious match.

Waters, winner of the title in 2008 and 2010, raced to a 7-1 lead in the fifth and deciding game, before Massaro ground out the points to level the score at 9-9.

Waters missed the opportunity to close out the game at 10-9 and the advantage swung back to Massaro with a match point of her own at 11-10 before Waters eventually sealed the title 13-11 in the 78th minute of one of the best games of squash seen at the national arena.

"They don't come much closer than that," said Waters.

"It was tough all the way, probably one of the best games of squash I have ever played in. I know Laura (Massaro) slipped at the death, but I'll take that.

"It has been a long road back and I just want to keep winning titles and climb back up the rankings."