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Caribbean Squash Championships 2010

August 15-21, St Vincent and the Grenadines

21- Aug, Team Finals:
Men: Bermuda bt OECS 4-1
Women: Barbados bt Trinidad & Tobago 4-1
Veterans: Trinidad & Tobago bt Barbados 3-2

BARBADOS CROWNED
CARIBBEAN CHAMPIONS

Shane Slater reports

The 18th Caribbean Squash Championships came to a close on Saturday August 22nd, with the team titles and the Overall Championship on the line.

The veterans team title was won by Trinidad & Tobago in the most exciting match of the day, as John Holley beat long-time rival Nigel Griffith 6/11, 11/7, 11/8, 12/10 at Men's 50+ to clinch a 3-2 victory over Barbados.

In the women's team final, the Trinidadians had no answer for the strong Bajan team, going down 1-4, with their only win coming at #3, via Joanna Scoon.

At the same time, the Men's final also finished with 4-1 scoreline, as the Bermudans capped an outstanding campaign, beating hosts OECS in the final. In the Overall points, OECS had to settle for bronze, Trinidad & Tobago finished 2nd while Barbados finished on top with 23 points.

The tournament was a great success and will be moving to the Northern Caribbean for 2011.

Bermuda pull off upset win
Roger Sherratt reports

The Bermuda Menís Squash Team pulled off a major upset in this yearís CASA Championships when they comprehensively defeated the OECS 4-1 in the Final, played on Saturday afternoon in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The first player on court for Bermuda was 17 year old junior, #5 seed Chris Stout, who had recorded his only Team Championship loss in the previous dayís semi-final against Barbados, but he had recorded victories against both Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, and appeared confident from the start. Stout played an attacking game, making very few mistakes, and chasing every possible ball around the court. He calmly handled the pressure of being the lead-off player with a convincing 3-0 win against experienced Kevin Bailey of OECS.

Next up was #2 seed Nick Kyme who won the first game comfortably but had problems with the hot and humid conditions and in a closely fought match he lost to Joe Chapman 1-3.

The third match of the day featured a clash of the two #1 seeds, Patrick Foster for Bermuda against Joe Kneipp, who is no stranger to Bermuda having played in several of the major professional tournaments held here. Kneipp is a former World top ten player and he took a tough first game from Foster after a series of long exhausting rallies. Foster began to make an impression in the 2nd game with the long rallies appearing to take their toll on Kneipp. After an exchange of short shots at the front of the court Kneipp limped off the court with a suspected muscle tear and, unfortunately, was unable to continue. Foster was awarded the match and at this point the team score was 2-1 to Bermuda in the best of five final.

Bermudaís #4 seed, and another outstanding junior, Micah Franklin, had been unbeaten in team competition, and he stepped on court knowing that one more win would be enough to seal a great victory for his team. He was made to work extra hard by Kevin Hannaway but Franklin was simply too strong around the court and he cruised to a 3-0 win, giving Bermuda an unassailable lead.

With the championship already decided it was left to #3 seed Robbie Maycock, to put the finishing touches to a great victory as he romped to a 3-1 win against James Bentick.

By coincidence, Bermuda convincingly won every match in the Team Championships by the same score of 4-1, against Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados in the semi-finals, and OECS in the Final.

An elated Team Captain, Patrick Foster, commented, ďWhat a great feeling! Iím so proud of all the boys, each one of them have pushed themselves all week in very difficult conditions and every point was hard fought throughout. We want to thank everyone at home for all the emails and text messages supporting us. It was great to know that everyone was so behind us. We are going to celebrate tonight, weíve earned it!Ē
   

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20-Aug:
OECS
to face Bermuda for Men's Title, T&T vs Barbados for Women's, Vets

Shane Slater reports

At the end of Day 3 of the team event, 3 teams (OECS, Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados) secured their spots on the podium for the Overall Team Championship.

OECS ensured a top 3 finish following sensational victories over Jamaica's men in the semi-finals (with 4th string Hannaway once again saving the day, breaking a 2-2 deadlock), Cayman's women (a 4-1 triumph, which included 3 5-game wins for OECS) and a 4-1 thrashing of the Guyanese veterans team.

For Trinidad & Tobago, their Men's team settled for 5th place following a 3-2 win over Guyana, while their veterans team joined their women in a title showdown against Barbados, following a 5-0 beating of Guyana. Barbados fell to a Bermuda side which picked up its 3rd straight 4-1 win, to face-off against Jamaica for 3rd place in the men.

On the veterans side, Barbados edged the OECS vets team 3-2 and as mentioned before, will be joining the women in a showdown with Trinidad and Tobago.

There will be two sessions on the final day, with the Veterans team title match at 9AM, followed by the Men's Final and Women's Final match at 1PM.
  

Men's Teams, Semi-finals:
(4) BERMUDA bt (2) BARBADOS 4-1
Patrick Foster bt Shawn Simpson 11/2, 11/7, 11/7
Nick Kyme bt Bryant Cumberbatch 3/11, 11/5, 5/11, 11/7, 11/4
Robert Maycock bt Gavin Cumberbatch 11/5, 11/7, 11/8
Micah Franklin bt Mark Sealy 11/4, 6/11, 11/6, 11/9
Chris Stout lost to Rhett Cumberbatch 11/9, 6/11, 4/11, 11/9, 9/11

(7) OECS bt (5) JAMAICA 3-2
Joseph Kneipp lost to Chris Binnie 11/3, 6/11, 5/11, 2/11
Joe Chapman bt Bruce Burrowes 9/11, 11/9, 14/12, 11/6
James Bentick bt Dane Schwier 11/9, 11/9, 10/12, 11/6
Kevin Hannaway bt Joey Levy 11/4, 12/10, 6/11, 11/4
Kevin Bailey lost to Warren Burrowes 5/11, 11/6, 9/11, 4/11

Men's Teams, 5th-6th Place
(1) TRINIDAD & TOBAGO bt (6) GUYANA 3-2
Colin Ramasra lost to Richard Chin 11/8, 11/7, 4/11, 6/11, 3/11
Ryan Abraham bt Julian Chin 11/3, 9/11, 11/9, 11/8
Kale Wilson bt Alex Arjoon 11/7, 13/11, 11/8
Mandela Patrick lost to Robert MacDavid 11/77, 11/6, 11/2
Chayse Mcquan w/o

Men's Teams, 5th-7th Place
(1) TRINIDAD & TOBAGO bt (3) CAYMAN 5-0
Colin Ramasra bt Cameron Stafford 4/11, 6/11, 11/9, 11/9, 11/5
Ryan Abraham bt David Finch 6/11, 11/2, 11/8, 5/11, 11/3
Kale Wilson bt Josh Myren 11/3, 11/4, 11/2
Mandela Patrick bt Fernando Beckles 11/1, 11/7, 11/8
Brandon DeMontrichard bt Mark Hennings 11/6, 11/9, 11/7

Women's Teams:
OECS bt CAYMAN 4-1
Daniela Schumann bt Caroline Heal 12/10, 11/5, 11/9
Musonda Poole bt Samantha Hennings 11/6, 10/12, 11/7, 6/11, 11/3
Greta Primus bt Kristina Myren 3/11, 13/11, 5/11, 11/7, 11/9
Amber Glasgow bt Elidh Bridgeman 3/11, 11/5, 10/12, 11/8, 11/2
Aiko Roudette lost to Marion Goodall 7/11, 2/11, 4/11

Veteran's Teams:
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO bt CAYMAN 3-2
Mark Laughlin bt Ken Moore 12/14, 11/5, 11/9, 11/6
John Holley lost to John MacRury 7/11, 6/11, 8/11
Richard Hart w/o
Diane Julien lost to Janet Sairsingh 10/12, 11/5, 3/11, 7/11
Sonia Carrington bt Heather Penzhorn 11/4, 11/9, 11/6

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO bt GUYANA 5-0
Mark Laughlin bt Brendon Mounter 9/11, 11/2, 11/6, 11/3
John Holley 11/6, 11/9, 11/1
Richard Hart w/o
Diane Julien bt Patricia Mounter 11/2, 11/5, 11/3
Sonia Carrington w/o

BARBADOS bt OECS 3-2
Marlon White lost to Paul Cyrus 5/11, 11/8, 11/13, 5/11
Nigel Griffith bt Mark Chapman 11/7, 11/4, 11/8
Leon Truss bt Leroy Lewis 11/7, 11/3, 11/9
Jeanette Cullen bt Vonnie Roudette 11/4, 5/11, 11/6, 11/4
Lynn DeCambria-Mcleod lost to Sherian Slater 9/11, 9/11, 6/11

OECS bt GUYANA 4-1
Paul Cyrus bt Brendon Mounter 11/3, 11/7, 11/4
Mark Chapman lost to Alwyn Callender 3/11, 11/9, 4/11, 7/11
Leroy Lewis w/o
Vonnie Roudette bt Patricia Mounter 11/1, 11/3, 11/0
Sherian Slater w/o

OECS delights home crowd
Shane Slater reports

Day 2 of team competition got off to a thrilling start, as hosts OECS claimed a sensational victory over 2nd-seeded Barbadian men in the first session.

There was no shortage of drama, as OECS went up by 2-1 after an injury retirement by Bajan 1st string Shawn Simpson against Joseph Kneipp. Barbados' talented Bryant Cumberbatch then leveled matters with a 3-0 win at 2nd string, to set up the decider between Mark Sealy and Kevin Hannaway at #4.

The seasoned Mark Sealy looked in control of his young opponent, taking a 2-0 lead, but the 16-year old Vincentian somehow found the guts to stage a heroic comeback to give OECS the 3-2 win. In the evening session, OECS secured top spot in the group, after a convincing 4-1 defeat of Guyana.

Barring any upsets, OECS is anticipating a final showdown against Bermuda, who topped their group after an impressive 4-1 victory over Trinidad & Tobago. In the semi-finals, OECS faces Jamaica, while Bermuda faces Barbados.

In Women's action, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago stayed on course for their Saturday afternoon battle, following 5-0 dismissals of OECS and Cayman Islands respectively.

Meanwhile, the OECS veterans team provided more joy for the local fans, with a 3-2 victory over Cayman Islands, with Vincentians Paul Cyrus (Men's 40+) and Sherian Slater (Women's 50+) remaining undefeated in the process. In the other veterans match, Barbados whitewashed Guyana 5-0.
 

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Men's Teams, Pool A:
(4) BERMUDA bt (1) TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 4-1
Patrick Foster bt Colin Ramasra 11/5, 11/5, 11/8
Nick Kyme bt Ryan Abraham 11/2, 11/7, 11/5
Robert Maycock lost to Kale Wilson 11/6, 6/11, 11/8, 5/11, 4/11
Micah Franklin bt Mandela Patrick 11/4, 11/4, 11/5
Chris Stout bt Chayse Mcquan 11/7, 12/10, 11/7

Men's Teams, Pool B:
(7) OECS bt (2) BARBADOS 3-2
Joseph Kneipp bt Shawn Simpson 11/2, ret.
Joe Chapman lost to Bryant Cumberbatch 2/11, 7/11, 9/11
James Bentick bt Gavin Cumberbatch 11/8, 11/9, 11/8
Kevin Hannaway bt Mark Sealy 8/11, 7/11, 11/6, 11/7, 11/4
Jules Snagg lost to Rhett Cumberbatch 5/11, 11/6, 4/11, 5/11

(7) OECS bt (6) GUYANA 4-1
Joseph Kneipp lost to Richard Chin 11/4, 9/11, 11/9, 1/6 ret.
Joe Chapman bt Julian Chin 11/7, 11/6, 11/8
James Bentick bt Alex Arjoon 13/11, 11/6, 11/5
Kevin Hannaway bt Robert MacDavid 11/6, 12/10, 11/5
Kevin Bailey w/o

(2) BARBADOS bt (3) CAYMAN 4-1
Bryant Cumberbatch lost to Cameron Stafford 14/12, 10/12, 8/11, 8/11
Gavin Cumberbatch bt David Finch 11/6, 11/7, 10/12, 11/7
Mark Sealy bt Josh Myren 11/1, 11/3, 11/3
Rhett Cumberbatch bt Fernando Beckles 11/1, 11/3, 11/5
Jonathan OíDowd bt Mark Hennings 11/7, 11/7, 13/11

(6) GUYANA bt (3) CAYMAN 3-2
Richard Chin bt Cameron Stafford 13/11, 11/9, 11/4
Julian Chin lost to David Finch 6/11, 11/4, 5/11, 11/9, 9/11
Alex Arjoon bt Josh Myren 11/8, 11/4, 11/3
Robert MacDavid bt Fernando Beckles 11/3, 11/1, 11/3
N/A lost to Mark Hennings w/o

Women's Teams:
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO bt CAYMAN 4-1
Kerrie Sample bt Caroline Heal 11/9, 6/11, 11/9, 11/13, 11/6
Rhea Khan bt Samantha Hennings 11/8, 11/4, 11/6
Joanna Scoon bt Kristina Myren 11/3, 11/7, 11/2
Amy Gillezeau bt Elidh Bridgeman 11/7, 11/5, 11/9
Nakita Poon Kong bt Marion Goodall 11/6, 11/6, 11/7

BARBADOS bt OECS 5-0
Karen Meakins bt Daniela Schumann 11/6, 12/10, 11/7
Cheri-Ann Parris bt Musonda Poole 11/9, 11/3, 11/3
Sonia Perkins bt Greta Primus 11/3, 11/4, 11/2
Lilianna White bt Amber Glasgow 11/3, 11/2, 11/4
Alex Jordan bt Tessa Shallow 11/4, 11/2, 11/1

Veteran's Teams:
OECS bt CAYMAN 3-2
Paul Cyrus bt Ken Moore 11/6, 11/2, 11/6
Mark Chapman lost to John MacRury 10/12, 5/11, 7/11
Leroy Lewis w/o
Vonnie Roudette lost to Janet Sairsingh 13/11, 6/11, 9/11
Sherian Slater bt Heather Penzhorn 11/2, 11/3, 11/7

BARBADOS bt GUYANA 5-0
Marlon White bt Brendon Mounter 11/4, 11/6, 11/9
Nigel Griffith bt Alwyn Callender 11/7, 11/7, 11/0
Leon Truss w/o
Jeanette Cullen bt Patricia Mounter 11/2, ret.
Lynn DeCambria-Mcleod w/o

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Defending Champs fall on
Teams Day One
Shane Slater reports

An exciting first day of team play saw both the defending menís and veteranís team champions suffer losses.

In the veterans action, 2009 winners Cayman Islands suffered a 2-3 loss to Barbados, with the Bajans taking the Menís 40+ (Marlon White) and Womenís 50+ (Lynn DeCambria-Mcleod) matches in addition to walkover win at Menís 60+. It wasnít all bad news for them however, as they earlier claimed a 3-1 victory (neither team fielded a 60+ player) over Guyana.

Traditional powerhouse Trinidad nearly suffered an upset as well, as it came down to the Womenís 40+ match with Diane Julien (TRI) clinching the victory over Vonnie Roudette (OECS) to give Trinidad a 3-2 win. In the womenís event, 2009 champs Trinidad & Tobago stayed on track with a 4-1 win over OECS, a tie that featured a well-contested 1st string match between Kerrie Sample (TRI) and Daniela Schumann (OECS), which Schumann won 12/14, 11/7, 6/11, 11/9, 11/7.

In the other womenís tie, Barbados escaped with a surprisingly difficult 5-0 win over the Cayman Islands, with every match going past 3 games. After just the first session, defending champions Trinidad & Tobago were upset by a strong Jamaican side.

With a healthy 2-0 lead, the Trinis seemed on course to clinch the vital point, but successive wins by #1 Chris Binnie, #4 Joey Levy and #2 Bruce Burrowes virtually secured a semi-final spot for the Jamaicans. Elsewhere, 2nd seeds Barbados survived a 3-2 battle with #6 Guyana, while (7) OECS picked up an expected 4-1 upset of #3 seeds Cayman Islands.
  

Men's Teams, Pool A:
(4) BERMUDA bt (5) JAMAICA 4-1
Patrick Foster lost to Chris Binnie 4/11, 6/11, 4/11
Nick Kyme bt Bruce Burrowes 11/9, 11/6, 11/7
Robert Maycock bt Dane Schwier 11/7, 8/11, 11/9, 11/7
Micah Franklin bt Joey Levy 11/7, 11/1, 11/5
Chris Stout bt Warren Burrowes 9/11, 11/8, 11/5, 9/11, 11/8

(5) JAMAICA bt (1) TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 3-2
Chris Binnie bt Colin Ramasra 11/4, 11/7, 11/8
Bruce Burrowes bt Ryan Abraham 8/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/8
Dane Schwier lost to Kale Wilson 3/11, 9/11, 11/9, 13/11, 9/11
Joey Levy bt Mandela Patrick 11/13, 11/2, 12/10, 11/7
Warren Burrowes lost to Chayse Mcquan 11/5, 11/9, 6/11, 8/11, 7/11

Men's Teams, Pool B:
(2) BARBADOS bt (6) GUYANA 3-2
Shawn Simpson lost to Richard Chin 3/11, 3/11, 7/11
Bryant Cumberbatch bt Julian Chin 11/9, 11/5, 11/8
Gavin Cumberbatch lost to Alex Arjoon 11/6, 9/11, 5/11, 11/7, 6/11
Mark Sealy bt Robert MacDavid 11/9, 6/11, 11/6, 3/11, 11/5
Rhett Cumberbatch w/o

(7) OECS bt (3) CAYMAN 4-1
Joseph Kneipp lost to Cameron Stafford 11/6, 11/7, 9/11, 8/11, ret.
Joe Chapman bt David Finch 11/8, 11/7, 11/5
James Bentick bt Josh Myren 11/4, 11/8, 11/0
Kevin Hannaway bt Fernando Beckles 11/3, 11/3, 11/2
Kevin Bailey bt Mark Hennings 11/2, 11/3, 11/4

Women's Teams:
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO bt OECS 4-1
Kerrie Sample lost to Daniela Schumann 14/12, 7/11, 11/6, 9/11, 7/11
Rhea Khan bt Musonda Poole 11/9, 11/5, 8/11, 11/5
Joanna Scoon bt Greta Primus 11/2, 11/5, 11/2
Amy Gillezeau bt Amber Glasgow 11/7, 11/6, 12/10
Nakita Poon Kong bt Aiko Roudette 11/5, 11/1, 11/6

BARBADOS bt CAYMAN 5-0
Karen Meakins bt Caroline Heal 7/11, 11/5, 11/9, 11/3
Cheri-Ann Parris bt Samantha Hennings 7/11, 11/3, 11/7, 11/4
Lilianna White bt Kristina Myren 11/2, 10/12, 11/4, 11/3
Alex Jordan bt Elidh Bridgeman 9/11, 11/8, 6/11, 11/8, 11/7
Bo Harris bt Marion Goodall 11/7, 11/7, 10/12, 11/7

Veteran's Teams:
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO bt OECS 3-2
Mark Laughlin lost to Paul Cyrus 7/11, 9/11, 5/11
John Holley bt Mark Chapman 12/10, 11/8, 11/3
Richard Hart bt Leroy Lewis 11/5, 11/4, 11/7
Diane Julien bt Vonnie Roudette 11/8, 6/11, 11/9, 11/0
Sonia Carrington lost to Sherian Slater 5/11, 9/11, 9/11

BARBADOS bt CAYMAN 3-2
Marlon White bt Ken Moore 11/8, 11/3, 11/6
Nigel Griffith lost to John MacRury 11/8, 5/11, 11/7, 11/9
Leon Truss w/o
Jeanette Cullen lost to Janet Sairsingh 8/11, 3/11, 4/11
Lynn DeCambria-Mcleod bt Heather Penzhorn 9/11, 11/5, 11/3, 11/5

CAYMAN bt GUYANA 3-1
Ken Moore lost to Brendon Mounter 11/3, 3/11, 11/8, 4/11, 6/11
John MacRury bt Alwyn Callender 11/6, 11/6, 11/3
N/A
Janet Sairsingh bt Patricia Mounter 11/1, 11/2, 11/1
Heather Penzhorn w/o

It's Chin and Meakins...at last
Shane Slater reports

On finals day, the full house crowd were treated to two impressive displays as Karen Meakins and Richard Chin won their first titles in the Men's and Women's events respectively.

The women's final pitted Trinidad's Kerrie Sample against Bajan Karen Meakins, while the Men's final featured Jamaican Chris Binnie and Guyana's Richard Chin.

After 3 runner-up finishes, Meakins was determined to capture this elusive title and it showed, as she took no prisoners in a dominant performance. With archrival Nicolette Fernandes out of the way this year, it seemed like only a matter of time before Meakins would be crowned the 2010 queen of Caribbean squash. Try her best, Sample was unable to turn the tide and Meakins ran out the 11/6, 11/2, 11/8 winner after 22 minutes.

In the men's final, Richard Chin continued where he left off in previous rounds as he exhibited a masterclass of error-free squash. His consistency and shot placement applied constant pressure and forced his opponent to make the errors. After winning a plethora of Caribbean junior titles in the 80's, Chin finally managed to claim a well-deserved Caribbean Men's Championships, winning 11/5, 11/2, 11/8.

The tournament now moves on to the team stage and if the individual event was anything to go by, competition will be fierce.
 

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Men's Open, FINAL:
(2) Richard Chin (GUY) bt (1) Chris Binnie (JAM) 11/5, 11/2, 11/8 39 mins

Women's Open, FINAL:
(1) Karen Meakins (BAR) bt (3/4) Kerrie Sample (TRI) 11/6, 11/2, 11/8 22 mins.

Menís Open, 3rd Place Play-off:
(5/8) Patrick Foster (BER) bt (3/4) Shawn Simpson (BAR) 11/6, 11/2, 11/5

Womenís Open, 3rd Place Play-off:
(2) Cheri-Ann Parris (TRI) bt (5/8) Amy Gillezeau (TRI) 5/11, 13/11, 11/7, 11/2

Men's Open, 5th Place Play-off:
(5/8) Nick Kyme (BER) bt (5/8) Cameron Stafford (CAY) 11/7, 11/5, 3/11, 6/11, 11/5

Womenís Open, 5th Place Play-off:
(5/8) Lilianna White (BAR) bt (3/4) Rhea Khan (TRI) 11/5, 12/10, 6/11, 12/14, 11/6

Menís Open, 7th Place Play-off:
(5/8) Bryant Cumberbatch (BAR) bt (3/4) Colin Ramasra (TRI) w/o

Womenís Open, 7th Place Play-off:
Bo Harris (BAR) bt (5/8) Alex Jordan (BAR) 15/13, 11/7, 11/7

Menís Open, Plate Final:
(9/16) Bruce Burrowes (JAM) bt (9/16) Robert Maycock (BER) 15/13, 9/11, 6/11, 11/5, 11/8

Menís Open, Plate Semi-finals:
(9/16) Bruce Burrowes (JAM) bt (9/16) Micah Franklin (BER) 11/7, 9/11, 11/9, 3/11, 11/5
(9/16) Robert Maycock (BER) bt (9/16) Gavin Cumberbatch (BAR) 11/4, 11/4, 12/10

Womenís Open, Plate Semi-finals:
(5/8) Lilianna White (BAR) bt Bo Harris (BAR) 11/5, 11/9, 4/11, 11/4
(5/8) Rhea Khan (TRI) bt (5/8) Alex Jordan (BAR) 11/6, 11/6, 11/7
 

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4 COUNTRIES SEEK INDIVIDUAL GLORY
Shane Slater reports

After heated action in the quarter-final and semi-final rounds, 4 countries remain in the hunt for individual titles. The quarterfinals saw 2 significant upsets as 3/4 seeds Colin Ramasra and Rhea Khan had early exits in the Men's and Women's events respectively.

Ramasra fell tamely 6/11, 3/11, 3/11 to 5/8 seed Patrick Foster (BER), while Khan was tripped up by compatriot Amy Gillezeau in a 5-game tussle. Only one other quarter-final match went the distance as Simpson survived a tough encounter with teammate Bryant Cumberbatch, prevailing 11/5, 3/11, 11/9, 8/11, 11/9.

This time it's Kerrie

Top seed Karen Meakins kicked off semi-final action against surprise semi-finalist Amy Gillezeau. Despite a valiant effort by Gillezeau, she couldn't keep up with the solid all-court game employed by Meakins, going down 11/6, 11/5, 11/3.

The other semi-final was the much-anticipated showdown between Bajan Cheri-Ann Parris and Trinidad's Kerrie Sample. Their head-to-head record stood at 1-1, with both encounters going the full 5 games.

As expected a high-octane match ensued, with both players trying to out-shoot each other. Although the rallies were well-contested, Sample seemed to be in control throughout, playing the big points well to triumph 11/9, 11/6, 11/9. Meakins and Sample will now face off at 6:00PM on Tuesday.

Chin in ominous form

The first men's semi-final pitted defending champ Chris Binnie against seed-buster Patrick Foster. After taking a 2-1 lead, Foster looked on course to claim another scalp, but Binnie would not bow out easily. As Binnie fought back to level proceedings at 2-2, Foster seemed to run out of steam in the 5th as Binnie nipped an 8/11, 11/6, 1/11, 11/7, 11/6.

In the last match of the night, #2 seed Richard Chin continued to rampage through the draw, claiming a dominant 11/2, 11/4, 11/6 win over Simpson. Chin used simple, steady squash to send his opponent to all 4 corners of the court, with the winner never in doubt.

The big question now, is whether the young Jamaican will be able to stop the experienced Guyanese in the final.
 

Day Two Results:

Men's Open, Semi-finals:
(1) Chris Binnie (JAM) bt (5/8) Patrick Foster (BER) 8/11, 11/6, 1/11, 11/7, 11/6
(2) Richard Chin (GUY) bt (3/4) Shawn Simpson (BAR) 11/2, 11/4, 11/6

Women's Open, Semi-finals:
(1) Karen Meakins (BAR) bt (5/8) Amy Gillezeau (TRI) 11/6, 11/5, 11/3
(3/4) Kerrie Sample (TRI) bt (2) Cheri-Ann Parris (BAR) 11/9, 11/6, 11/9

Men's Open, Quarter-finals:
(1) Chris Binnie (JAM) bt (5/8) Cameron Stafford (CAY) 9/11, 11/5, 11/4, 12/10
(5/8) Patrick Foster (BER) bt (3/4) Colin Ramasra (TRI) 11/6, 11/3, 11/3
(3/4) Shawn Simpson (BAR) bt (5/8) Bryant Cumberbatch (BAR) 11/5, 3/11, 11/9, 8/11, 11/9
(2) Richard Chin (GUY) bt (5/8) Nick Kyme (BER) 11/3, 11/4, 11/1

Women's Open, Quarter-finals:
(1) Karen Meakins (BAR) bt (5/8) Alex Jordan (BAR) 11/2, 11/7, 11/3
(5/8) Amy Gillezeau (TRI) bt (3/4) Rhea Khan (TRI) 11/6, 11/4, 7/11, 4/11, 11/4
(3/4) Kerrie Sample (TRI) bt Bo Harris (BAR) 11/8, 11/0, 11/3
(2) Cheri-Ann Parris (BAR) bt (5/8) Lilianna White (BAR) 11/5, 11/4, 11/4

Men's Open, 5th-8th Place:
(5/8) Cameron Stafford (CAY) bt (3/4) Colin Ramasra (TRI) w/o
(5/8) Nick Kyme (BER) bt (5/8) Bryant Cumberbatch (BAR) 11/8, 11/4, 11/7

Men's Open, Plate Quarter-finals:
(9/16) Bruce Burrowes (JAM) bt (9/16) Ryan Abraham (TRI) 6/11, 11/4, ret.
(9/16) Micah Franklin (BER) bt Warren Burrowes (JAM) 11/8, 11/4, 11/6
(9/16) Robbie Maycock (BER) bt (9/16) Julian Chin (GUY) 11/9, 6/11, 11/8, 11/8
(9/16) Gavin Cumberbatch (BAR) bt (9/16) Kale Wilson (TRI) 11/6, 11/5, 11/13, 6/11, 11/7

Men's Open, Plate 3rd Round:
(9/16) Ryan Abraham (TRI) bt Rhett Cumberbatch (BAR) 11/4, 11/7, 11/6
(9/16) Bruce Burrowes (JAM) bt Alex Arjoon (GUY) 11/9, 6/11, 11/8, 11/9
(9/16) Micah Franklin (BER) bt David Finch (CAY) 11/6, 11/3, 8/11, 13/11
Warren Burrowes (JAM) bt Dane Schwier (JAM) 11/5, 11/3, 7/11, 11/8
(9/16) Robert Maycock (BER) bt Kevin Bailey (OECS) 11/9, 13/11, 11/8
(9/16) Julian Chin (GUY) bt Chris Stout (BER) 8/11, 12/10, 11/3, 10/12, 11/2
(9/16) Gavin Cumberbatch (BAR) bt Joey Levy (JAM) 11/7, 12/10, 11/5
(9/16) Kale Wilson (TRI) bt (9/16) James Bentick (OECS) w/o

Men's Open, Plate 2nd Round:
Rhett Cumberbatch (BAR) bt Chayse Macquan (TRI) 11/4, 11/5, 11/9
Alex Arjoon (GUY) bt Robert MacDavid (GUY) 11/6, 11/5, 12/10
David Finch (CAY) bt Mandela Patrick (TRI) 11/3, 11/6, 11/1
Warren Burrowes (JAM) bt Jules Snagg (OECS) 11/2, 13/11, 11/6
Kevin Bailey (OECS) bt Bradley Glasgow (OECS) 11/4, 11/7, 12/10
Chris Stout (BER) bt Kevin Hannaway (OECS) 11/5, 13/11, 12/10
Joey Levy (JAM) bt Jonathon O'Dowd (BAR) 11/7, 11/1, 11/2
(9/16) Kale Wilson (TRI) bt Shane Slater (OECS) 4/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/7, 11/2

Women's Open, Plate 2nd Round:
(5/8) Lilianna White (BAR) bt Elidh Bridgeman (CAY) 11/2, 11/3, 11/2
Bo Harris (BAR) bt Kristina Myren (CAY) 11/9, 11/9, 9/11, 11/4
(3/4) Rhea Khan (TRI) bt (5/8) Nakita Poon Kong (TRI) 11/6, 11/9, 11/8
(5/8) Alex Jordan (BAR) bt Cathy Martin (TRI) 11/5, 11/7, 11/5

SEEDS FIGHT THROUGH ON DAY ONE
Shane Slater reports

After the first day's action, the top 8 seeds on the Men's side remain alive in the competition, while 7 of the 8 women's seeds are still in the hunt.
 
In the women's event, the seeds quickly asserted themselves, with 5 of them claiming straight-game wins. There was one upset however, as Bajan Bo Harris took out 5/8 seed Nakita Poon Kong (TRI). After dropping the first game 12/14, Harris fought back to eventually win 12/14, 11/9, 11/6, 11/5.

On the men's side, there was an upset in the 2nd round as Jamaica's Dane Schwier survived a 5-game tussle against 9/16 seed Kale Wilson (TRI). After edging the first 2 games by 13/11 scores, Wilson fought back to level, but to no avail as Schwier emerged the 13/11, 13/11, 12/14, 5/11, 11/8 victor.

In the Round of 16, 2 other seeds came close to facing the same fate, as 5/8 seed Cameron Stafford (CAY) and 3/4 seed Shawn Simpson (BAR) survived 5-game battles. Stafford faced Micah Franklin (BER) in a rematch of last month's Caribbean Junior Championship final, with a determined Franklin jumping out to a 2-game lead. With the help of some excellent drop shots, Franklin looked to be in cruise control, winning the first 2 games 11/7, 11/6.

However, Stafford eventually settled into the match, finding his range again to book a quarter-final date with top seed Chris Binnie (JAM). Vincentian James Bentick gave local fans plenty to cheer about, as he very nearly upset 3/4 seed Shawn Simpson in their Round of 16 match. With a vocal crowd behind him, Bentick managed to claw back from 2 games down to set up a 5th game, but it was not to be as Simpson prevailed 11/3, 11/7, 6/11, 5/11, 11/9. Elsewhere, the other seeds had comfortable victories to advance to tomorrow morning's quarter-finals. Play resumes at 9AM on Monday.

Day One Results:

Men's Open, Round of 16:
(1) Chris Binnie (JAM) bt Dane Schwier (JAM) 11/6, 11/5, 11/4
(5/8) Cameron Stafford (CAY) bt (9/16) Micah Franklin (BER) 7/11, 6/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/5
(5/8) Patrick Foster (BER) bt (9/16) Bruce Burrowes (JAM) 11/6, 11/9, 11/2
(3/4) Colin Ramasra (TRI) bt (9/16) Ryan Abraham (TRI) 11/4, 2/11, 11/7, 11/8
(3/4) Shawn Simpson (BAR) bt (9/16) James Bentick (OECS) 11/3, 11/7, 6/11, 5/11, 11/ 9
(5/8) Bryant Cumberbatch (BAR) bt (9/16) Gavin Cumberbatch (BAR) 11/6, 11/6, 11/9
(5/8) Nick Kyme (BER) bt (9/16) Julian Chin (GUY) 11/6, 11/4, 11/7
(2) Richard Chin (GUY) bt (9/16) Robert Maycock (BER) 11/0, 11/5, 11/7

Men's Open, Round of 32:
(1) Chris Binnie (JAM) bt Shane Slater (OECS) 11/4, 11/5, 11/6
Dane Schwier (JAM) bt (9/16) Kale Wilson (TRI) 13/11, 13/11, 12/14, 5/11, 11/8
(9/16) Micah Franklin (BER) bt Joey Levy (JAM) 11/7, 11/6, 11/3
(5/8) Cameron Stafford (CAY) bt Jonathon O'Dowd (BAR) 11/5, 11/5, 11/4
(5/8) Patrick Foster (BER) bt Chris Stout (BER) 11/5, 11/6, 11/5
(9/16) Bruce Burrowes (JAM) bt Kevin Hannaway (OECS) 13/11, 11/6, 11/5
(9/16) Ryan Abraham (TRI) bt Kevin Bailey (OECS) 11/3, 11/6, 11/5
(3/4) Colin Ramasra (TRI) bt Bradley Glasgow (OECS) 11/4, 11/6, 11/5
(3/4) Shawn Simpson (BAR) bt Warren Burrowes (JAM) 11/7, 11/2, 9/11, 11/5
(9/16) James Bentick (OECS) bt Jules Snagg (OECS) 8/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/8
(9/16) Gavin Cumberbatch (BAR) bt Mandela Patrick (TRI) 11/2, 11/4, 11/3
(5/8) Bryant Cumberbatch (BAR) bt David Finch (CAY) 9/11, 11/4, 11/2, 11/2
(5/8) Nick Kyme (BER) bt Alex Arjoon (GUY) 11/8, 11/8, 13/11
(9/16) Julian Chin (GUY) bt Robert MacDavid (GUY) 8/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/8
(9/16) Robert Maycock (BER) bt Rhett Cumberbatch (BAR) 11/6, 11/6, 12/10
(2) Richard Chin (GUY) bt Chayse Macquan (TRI) 11/5, 11/3, 11/2

Men's Open, Round 1:
Shane Slater (OECS) bt Nku Patrick (TRI) 11/8, 9/11, 11/8, 11/2
Chris Stout (BER) bt Mark Cyrus (OECS) 11/5, 11/6, 11/8
Kevin Bailey (OECS) bt Brandon DeMontrichard (TRI) 11/7, 11/3, 11/1
Jules Snagg (OECS) bt Josh Myren (CAY) 11/6, 11/7, 11/3
David Finch (CAY) bt Collin Alexander (OECS) 11/4, 11/3, 11/8
Robert MacDavid (GUY) bt Jason Doyle (OECS) 11/3, 11/4, 11/6
Chayse Macquan (TRI) bt Romario Constance (OECS) 11/8, 11/7, 9/11, 11/7

Men's Open, Plate 1st Round:
Chayse Macquan (TRI) bt Nku Patrick (TRI) 7/11, 11/5, 4/11, 11/6, 11/5

David Finch (CAY) bt Mark Cyrus (OECS) 11/2, 11/9, 11/2
Jules Snagg (OECS) bt Brandon DeMontrichard (TRI) 7/11, 11/8, 5/11, 11/5, 11/5
Kevin Bailey (OECS) bt Josh Myren (CAY) 11/3, 11/0, 11/5
Chris Stout (BER) bt Collin Alexander (OECS) 11/2, 11/1, 11/3
Joey Levy (JAM) bt Jason Doyle (OECS) 11/6, 11/5, 11/5
Shane Slater (OECS) bt Romario Constance (OECS) 7/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/4

Women's Open, Round 1:
(5/8) Alex Jordan (BAR) bt Elidh Bridgeman (CAY) 12//10, 11/6, 11/5
(5/8) Amy Gillezeau (TRI) bt Kristina Myren (CAY) 11/3, 11/3, 11/2
(3/4) Rhea Khan (TRI) bt Tessa Shallow (OECS) 11/1, 11/8, 11/2
(3/4) Kerrie Sample (TRI) bt Marion Goodall (CAY) 1/2, 11/1, 11/3
Bo Harris (BAR) bt (5/8) Nakita Poon Kong (TRI) 12/14, 11/9, 11/6, 11/5
(5/8) Lilianna White (BAR) bt Cathy Martin (TRI) 11/1, 11/4, 11/3

Women's Open, Plate 1st Round:
Kristina Myren (CAY) bt Tessa Shallow (OECS) 11/3, 11/2, 11/6
(5/8) Nakita Poon Kong (TRI) bt Marion Goodall (CAY) 11/6, 11/8, 11/6
 


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CASA heads for St Vincent
Preview from Shane Slater

Vincentians will bear witness to some of the finest athletes in the region, as the 2010 National Lotteries Authority Caribbean Squash Championships get underway on August 15th.

Over 100 players from 7 countries (Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, OECS and Trinidad & Tobago) will hope to bring home the titles in the individual and team events. Among these players are 8 medallists (singles, doubles and teams) at the recent Central American and Caribbean Games in Bogota, Colombia.



Heading the women's field is Karen Meakins, coming off a fine silver medal performance at the CAC Games. The tall Bajan has been runner-up in the last three events and will be looking to capture her first Caribbean Women's title. An All-Barbados final is expected, with compatriot Cheri-Ann Parris coming in as the #2 seed. The 20-year old is coming off a solid rookie season at Bates College, where she was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year and will prove to be a formidable opponent. A pair of Trinidadian players will attempt to prevent this however, on the strength of 3/4 seeds Rhea Khan and Kerrie Sample.

On the men's side, much excitement will undoubtedly surround the return of Guyana's Richard Chin to CASA squash. 6-time Caribbean Junior Champion in the 80's, Chin has since gone on to coach in the US and has played for various US national teams.



Chin will face stiff competition however, particularly from Jamaican Chris Binnie. The defending champion will be hoping to build on his historic performance from the CAC Games, where he became the first Caribbean male to win a medal in singles. As always, the men's field will be extremely competitive, with strong challenges expected from the likes of Trinidadian Colin Ramasra, Shawn Simpson (Barbados), Patrick Foster (Bermuda) and Cameron Stafford (Cayman Islands).

Following the individual event, Trinidad & Tobago will seek to repeat their winning performance of last year, returning most of the members from the 2009 squad, The men's team title will be hard to come by however, as many of the other teams have bolstered their lineups with strong additions from previous tournaments.



The dark horse will be hosts OECS, as they welcome the debut of former World #10 Joe Kneipp, an Australian who has been living in the British Virgin Islands for the past few years. Defending the women's title will also be difficult, with Barbados in particular hoping to regain their former glory. The usual suspects will be coming out in full force in the veterans team competition, with heated battles expected between the teams from Barbados, Cayman Islands, OECS and Trinidad & Tobago.

In anticipation of a successful tournament, the SVG Squash Association would like to thank its sponsors:

Title Sponsor - National Lotteries Authority, Gold - IK-TV, Karib Cable, Silver - BMC Agencies, Ottley Hall Marina, SVG General Services, RBTT, Ellco Rentals and Bronze - Mountain Top, Invest SVG.

            

      

        

             

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