Joelle King and Paul Coll clinch Squash gold for New Zealand
Newly-crowned men's singles champion Coll added his second gold of Birmingham 2022.
Joelle King and Paul Coll claimed the Commonwealth mixed doubles title for New Zealand on the penultimate day of Squash action.
Newly-crowned men's singles champion Coll won his second gold of Birmingham 2022 as he and King, who clinched mixed doubles bronze at Gold Coast 2018, saw off Team England's Alison Waters and Adrian Waller 2-0 to take the victory.
Coll and King ran out 11-3 11-6 winners and their supporters celebrated with an impromptu haka at the University of Birmingham hockey and squash centre.
The Kiwis dominated from the start with their only cause of concern being when Coll caught King with his racket and left her nursing a nasty bruise underneath her left eye.
In the bronze medal match, India's Gold Coast losing finalists Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal defeated defending champions Cameron Pilley - who has medalled in the last four Games - and Donna Lobban of Australia by the same scoreline.
Losing finalist Waller admitted it was an "opportunity missed" for the England duo.
He said: “We went out there with the expectations of getting the gold medal.
“But they played a great match and we can’t complain because they deserved it.
“So it’s not disappointing in that sense, but it is an opportunity missed.”
The pair could yet upgrade their silvers to gold in further doubles action on Monday.
Waller partners Daryl Selby in the men’s double final against fellow Englishmen James Willstrop and Declan James, while Waters and Sarah-Jane Perry meet New Zealand pair King and Amanda Landers-Murphy in the women’s doubles final.
So close to that gold is disappointing but there were a lot of good teams in there
“We’ve both got other finals and we’ll recover and rethink about tactics,” said Waters, who came out of retirement to make her fifth Commonwealth Games appearance at Birmingham.
“If you said to us at the start of the week that we’d take silver in the mixed, we’d have taken that.
“So close to that gold is disappointing but there were a lot of good teams in there and we played well to get to that final.”