British Grand Prix: Nick Matthew claims 30th World Tour title

Nick Matthew

England's Nick Matthew became only the ninth player to win 30 PSA World Tour titles by beating Mathieu Castagnet in the British Grand Prix final.

Three-time world champion Matthew, seeded third, beat the Frenchman 11-7 11-6 11-5 in 50 minutes in Manchester.

The 34-year-old had to dig deep after coming through a gruelling 103-minute semi-final with top-seed Gregory Gaultier.

"It is a great way to end the year," said Matthew.

"It was a great match against Mathieu today - it's credit to him that the crowd were cheering loudly for him at the end."

Castagnet, who beat Colombia's Miguel Angel Rodriguez 11-2 16-16 13-11 in his semi-final, said: "I didn't expect to reach a final this week and it was such a great pleasure for me to make it.

"I did my best but he was too strong for me today. Even when I was pushing hard he was playing well and I want to congratulate him."

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