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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 February 2008, 07:44 GMT
Hinds beaten by ex-champ Beachill
Squash
Derbyshire's Joel Hinds put up a brave fight before bowing out in the first round of the British National Squash Championships in Manchester.

Qualifier Hinds, 20, was pitted against former champion Lee Beachill and the Duffield youngster could not prevent a straight sets defeat in 35 minutes.

Beachill, who has three title win from six successive appearances in the men's final, eased home 11-3, 11-3, 11-7.

The 30-year-old has just returned to action five weeks after hernia surgery.

And he was happy with his progress.

He said "I'm actually playing well and hitting the ball really well - but my movement is not there yet, so I don't really have any great expectations."

Beachill has set up an all-Yorkshire second round clash with Simon Parke, the tenth seed who beat Scottish qualifier Stuart Crawford 11-2, 11-1, 9-11, 11-4.

Hinds had shown his battling qualities to secure a place in the main draw, taking 81 minutes to overcome England junior Joe Lee.

He triumphed 11-10 (4-2), 11-5, 5-11, 9-11, 11-6 to progress into Tuesday's first round.

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