ESF European Team Division 1 & 2 Squash Championships - day two LIVE!

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ESF European Team Division 1 & 2 Squash Championships - day two LIVE!

Read how day two unfolded at the Squash Arena and Blue Point Sports Center in Uster, Switzerland. 

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1929: And that is that for day two. Read our round-up of all the day's action here and look ahead at Friday's lip-smacking schedule here. We'll see you in the morning for the semi-finals!

1920: We finish day two with a round-up of Division 2. We'll have Scotland v Israel in tomorrow's men's Div 2 semi-finals after the Israelis beat the Netherlands 3-1. Belgium won an incredibly tight quarter-final with Sweden which finished 2-2 in matches and 8-8 in games and went down to a points comparison, which the Belgians won 146-140! Their reward is a semi-final with Hungary, who beat Poland 4-0.

In women's Division 2, Pool A winners Finland will meet Poland in Friday's semi-finals at 0930, with the other semi will be at 1600 between Denmark and Germany. Whoever reaches the final will be promoted to Division 1 for 2025.

1845: Very little sweat expended by Switzerland as Nicky Muller, Yannick Wilhelmi and Dimitri Steinmann all win in straight games against Czech Republic and confirm what we already knew - they finish second in Pool B and face England at noon tomorrow in the semis. Tasty!

1721: Let's take a long-overdue look at Division 2, which is now into the knockout stages. Scotland's men will be determined to rebound straight back into Division 1 this year and have taken a big step towards that ambition with a 4-0 whitewash of Denmark in the quarter-finals over at Blue Point - a separate building 300 metres from Uster Squash Club here at this vast sports complex. Belgium are 2-1 up on Sweden as I type. The other two quarter-finals - Netherland v Israel and Poland v Hungary - are about to begin.

In women's Division 2, tonight's last two matches in Pool A should confirm Finland as pool winners with Denmark and Slovenia playing each other for second place and a place in the semi-finals. Pool B is now complete, with Germany and Poland into the semis and Netherlands and Norway facing the dreaded relegation play-offs. 

1709: We now have a clear picture of the semi-finals in both men's and women's Division 1. France have beaten Germany 4-0 in men's Pool B. Baptiste Massotti has just beaten Yannick Omlor in a sweat-soaked five-setter (7-11 5-11 11-7 12-10 11-9) while Victor Crouin and youngster Toufik Mekhalfi made it through in three and Auguste Dussourd in four. France, as we already knew, finish top of the pool and play Wales in the semi-finals tomorrow at 1800.

Switzerland still have to play Czech Republic in tonight's final session (beginning at 1730) but are already guaranteed second place. They will face England in the semis tomorrow at high noon! The Swiss finished third last year and won bronze at the World Team Championships in December. Can they go one stage further here?

Women's Division 1 has also gone according to to seedings. As I type, France are 2-0 up on Czech Republic which seals their runner-up position in Pool A behind England. That means they will play Pool B winners Belgium, who have just made it 3/3 by beating Switzerland 2-1, with Nele Gilis beating Cindy Merlo and Tinne toppling Nadia Pfister. Celine Walser cheered up the home crowd by winning the consolation rubber. As we knew from earlier, England play Wales in the other women's semi.

1606: England do indeed pull it out of the fire. Gentle giant Ben Smith beats Hugo Valera in three and it's a 3-1 win for the defending champions - even if it did look a little wobbly for a while early on. Meantime, Wales have beaten Ireland 3-1 with Joel Makin, Rhys Evans and Elliot Morris Devred responding to that early loss for Owain Taylor with straight games victories. That means Wales finish second in men's Pool A and will probably play France in tomorrow's semi-finals.

Speaking of which, session four is now under way and it's France taking on Germany in the concluding fixtures of Pool A. The second seeds and 2018 champions will be seeking to rubber-stamp top spot. It's a busy session with Belgium and Switzerland completing formalities in women's Pool B and France and Czech Republic playing out something of a dead rubber in Pool A (France have already secured second spot but can't overtake leaders England). We also have the start of the quarter-finals in men's Division 2: Scotland are bidding for an immediate return to the top table and play Denmark, while Belgium play Sweden.

1525: A simply sensational victory for England's Tom Walsh over Ivan Perez. Crowds are packed around Court 6 as both players hold match balls, with Perez saving one with several dives and impossible pick-ups. Quite incredible athleticism. In the end, it's Walsh who wins it. Get a load of this scoreline: 18-20 13-11 11-8 6-11 12-10. With Marwan ElShorbagy seemingly taking care of business on the showcourt at 2/0 up, England seem to be pulling this one out of the fire.

1455: Now then. We have a surprise result on the glass court with Mohamed ElShorbagy defeated by Spain's Iker Pajares. England have qualified for the semis already, so was Mo saving his legs for tomorrow? He looked distinctly un-Beast-like in that performance, going down 11-9 9-11 5-11 6-11. Over on Court 6, Tom Walsh has recovered from losing the opening game 20-18 (!!) and now leads 2/1 vs Ivan Perez. Marwan is next on the showcourt, looking to redeem the situation and make sure England finish top of the pool and avoid France in the semi-finals. Wales, who are looking to secure second spot (at least!), are currently 1-1 with Ireland, with one win apiece by Conor Moran and Joel Makin.

1336: It'll be England v Wales in the women's Division 1 semi-finals tomorrow morning at 0930! Emily Whitlock completes the job by beating Alison Thomson 12-10 11-7 11-5 following Tesni Murphy's earlier win. Tesni got married last year and had four months out of the game after a nasty injury at the British Championships. But she is now back in good form and reached the semi-finals at the recent German Open.

Tesni tells me: "It took me a while to come back but in the last month I've been really happy with how I'm playing. I had a big comedown after the wedding and stopped caring a bit about my squash. I was so happy at home and building a nice life. It took me a while to find the balance again. But I'm having fun on court again and the team environment always brings the best out of me."

Meanwhile, as the dead rubber in the Wales v Scotland game plays out between Lowri Roberts and Ellie Jones, session three is just getting started. It's the conclusion to men's Pool A: England v Spain and Wales v Ireland. England will want to rubber-stamp top spot, and Wales will hope to claim second place and with it a place in the semis. 

1250: As expected, England have sewn up a 3-0 victory over Spain to confirm top spot in Pool A and a semi-final at 0930 tomorrow morning against the second-placed nation in Pool B. But will that be Scotland or Wales? Currently we still don't know. Tesni Murphy has given the Welsh the lead in what was one of the best matches I've seen at these Championships so far, full of lung-bursting rallies and even the odd full-length dive. The girl from Denbighsire takes it 11-6 4-11 11-3 13-11. Emily Whitlock and Alison Thomson are up next...  

1135: This second session sees England's women complete their Pool A campaign with a clash with Spain, aiming for a third straight win. SJ Perry, national champion Jasmine Hutton and Lucy Turmel are making their final preparations for the defending champions. Meanwhile, it's an all Celtic affair on the show court with Wales taking on Scotland in Pool B. - and the winner will make the semis. As you can see below, Georgia Adderley and Tesni Murphy are not conserving energy!

1053: That's a wrap for the pool stage in men's Division 2. Scotland top Pool A to seal their semi-final spot and are one way away from a return to Division 1 next year (both finalists are promoted). They took care of Portugal in that first session thanks to wins for John Meehan, Martin Ross and Andrew Glen, with Rui Soares earning a consolation point. Joining the Scots in the 1-4 position playoffs are Hungary who win Pool B, Belgium who beat Norway this morning to head Pool C and Israel, who had already played and won both their matches yesterday to win Pool D. Incidentally, in that pool, Sweden beat Austria 4-0 this morning with the legendary Christian Drakenberg beat Simon Draxler 11-4 11-2 11-2. Christian, who owns and manages Stockholm Squash Club, is 48 years old. What a guy.

0930: We are under way! It's the final men's Division 2 pool matches first up. On the show court, Scotland - bidding for an immediate return to Division 1 after their relegation last year - face Portugal, who lost 3-1 to Poland yesterday. UK-based Rui Soares faces Alasdair Prott first up. Live streaming of this one is one YouTube and Eurovision Sport. Links are above.    

0845: Welcome to the ESF live coverage of day two from Uster! Yesterday was merely the amuse bouche ahead of today's starter, with the main course and dessert to follow on Friday and Saturday. Today's schedule features the conclusion of the pool stage followed by the start of the knockout phase for men's Division 2 in tonight's final session.

The first session, starting at 9.30 local time, features the four concluding pool matches in men's Division 2 (each pool has three nations - and remember, the finalists are promoted to Division 1 next year). Scotland currently lead Pool A after beating Poland 4-0 yesterday and will confirm qualification if they beat Portugal on the show court (fans in Scotland can watch live coverage on the BBC as well as our YouTube channel or Eurovision Sport!); Hungary and Slovakia play each other to decide who tops Pool B, Belgium will win Pool C if they beat Norway and Israel have already sealed their semi-final spot from Pool D, so Sweden v Austria is something of a dead rubber.

Day one saw few shock results, but Belgium's women (who are fancied by many observers to win their first ever European Team title this week) were given a real scare by Wales when Tesni Murphy defeated world no.4 Nele Gilis. Ultimately, they came through that match 2-1 though and they sit in pole position in Pool B. Top seeds England cruised through both their opening matches and sit atop Pool A.

In the men's event, Dimitri Steinmann delighted the home crowd with victory over his coach Simon Rosner in victory over Germany, then claimed a big scalp with a straight-games win over France's Victor Crouin (although the Swiss lost the match overall 3-1 to the second seeds). Switzerland will be favourites to finish second in Pool B today when they meet Czech Republic later. Top seeds England beat both Ireland and Wales in Pool A and Wales will be favourites to claim the runners-up spot. They face Ireland at 1330.

Live blogger: Mike Dale

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