Paisley squash ace Kevin Moran helped Scotland to their best finish at a World Team Championships since 2001 in France at the weekend.

The 10th seeded Scottish team won a dramatic last 16 tie in Marseille against Malaysia to join the top seven seeds in the quarter-finals.

The Scots, however, faced a tough test when they were drawn against number one seeds Egypt in the last eight, who proved too strong a test for them and ultimately the rest of the field.

The power-packed Egyptians went on to take the title in Marseille on Sunday, comfortably defeating England after racking up a decisive 2-0 lead.

Prior to and following the defeat to Egypt, Moran expressed his joy on Twitter at the team’s progress and experience in the competition.

The 27-year-old, who came fourth in the European Championships with Scotland in Helsinki earlier this year, wrote on Twitter last week: “What a better gift to Scotland on St Andrew’s Day than making the top eight in the World Team champs.

On Sunday he added: “Great week. Great fun. Great team.”

Earlier in the tournament, Scotland lost to Germany, who were seeded seventh, but beat Jamaica to make it through to the knock-out stages.

Yet it was the match and win against Malaysia which will live long in the memory as Scotland sealed safe passage into the quarter-finals for the first time in 16 years thanks to Moran’s teammate Doug Kempsell winning the deciding rubber 3-2 in 69 minutes last Thursday.

National coach Paul Bell hailed the team’s achievement after exceeding expectations and beating their original seeding.

He said: “The primary target that we thought we could achieve was top eight, so to achieve that and finish eighth having started the week as 10th seeds was really pleasing.

“It was tough after that, but that’s expected when we are in the last eight alongside some of the biggest squash nations in the world.

“The match against Egypt and their world class players in front of a big crowd was something to savour and a great experience for our squad.”