Welsh top seed Peter Creed claimed his second PSA title with victory in the inaugural Gibraltar Open.
It was a great experience for the local players to take on seasoned professionals in the qualifying competition, but none made it through to the main draw which saw four rounds played over Friday and Saturday.
Creed came through to the final with two straight game wins followed by a quick semi-final over Johan Bouquet, who had beaten third-seeded compatriot Geoffrey Demont on Friday. Bouquet was forced to retire after one game, putting Creed through to the final.
In the bottom half of the draw Irish second seed Arthur Gaskin also enjoyed untroubled progress to the semi-finals, where he met England’s Dan West, who like Bouquet had beaten a seeded compatriot on the first day. West’s 80-minute 12-10 in the fifth win over Ben Ford was followed up with a 74-minute comeback win against Reuben Phillips, so he could probably be excused any tiredness in the semi-final, which Gaskin won in straight games.
Creed sneaked home 13-11 in the first game of the final, then took the next two 11-7, 11-5 to claim victory in just under the hour mark.
“Very happy to come home with my 2nd title,” said the champion on Twitter. “Tough match, but fought hard. Win meant allot with Papa In the crowd #emotional.”