Edinburgh’s Doug Kempsell finally ran out of miracles but Inverness youngster Greg Lobban produced one instead as Scotland beat Pakistan 2-1 to finish ninth at the World Team Squash Championships in Mulhouse, France.
Kempsell had been a revelation all week, winning four matches out of five, including wins in the deciding ties against Finland and the United States.
But this time the exhausted 20-year-old lost the opening rubber 3-11, 4-11, 5-11 to Pakistan’s Farhan Mehboob.
Alan Clyne then put on a great performance, scoring his fifth win out of seven by crushing Nasir Iqbal to make it 1-1.
Everything then rested on Lobban who had been off-colour all tournament, losing four matches out of five, but he finally clicked when it mattered to beat Pakistan’s Farhan Zaman in three straight games.