22-25 Jun, Tortola, $5k
Camacho takes the title
Going one better than his final appearance in last year's event,
young Mexican Jesus Camacho beat England's Adam Murrills
3/1 in the final to claim the title.
Mark Chapman reports
final – great squash. 18 year old Mexican takes on seasoned
England campaigner and both delight the crowd with intense
squash for over an hour. Game one was neck and neck throughout
with Jesus saving match ball at 10-9 then taking the next three
points to win the game.
Adam came out aggressively in game 2 and marched out quickly to
an 8-0 lead. Jesus conserved his energy, only trying to hit
winners, and Adam squared the match easily winning game 2 by
Another momentum change at the start of game three, as Jesus
quickened the pace dramatically putting extreme pressure on Adam
for the first time in the match. The smoothness from Adam’s game
two was gone as he had less time on every shot and Jesus had
taken game 3 by 11-3 in double quick time.
regrouped for game four and it was neck and neck throughout.
Adam was hitting some delightful winners including an overhead
backhand crosscourt into the nick but it came at a cost as a few
errors were creeping into his game. With all to play for at 8-9,
Jesus sharpened his concentration and quickened the pace once
more to take the last two points and the championship by three
games to one.
The crowd roared its approval at the vintage gladiatorial
spectacle as the players were clearly physically and emotionally
Jesus: “My first PSA win – I must tell my family – I
am so happy – thank you.”
Adam: “I gave it my best shot today but Jesus keeps it so
fast and tight and doesn’t make many mistakes. A tough loss
today but congratulations to the youngster.”
Next up in
the Caribbean - the inaugural Barbados Open
British Virgin Island Champs
22-25 Jun, Tortola, $5k
 Joe Chapman (Bvi)
[Q] Mike Adamson (Bvi)
 Joe Chapman
11/9, 11/5, 7/11, 11/5
 Italo Bonatti
 Joe Chapman
11/5, 3/11, 11/9, 11/3 (68m)
12/10, 1/11, 11/3, 11/8 (63m)
 Jesus Camacho
 Italo Bonatti (Gua)
11/3, 9/11, 11/7 (54m)
Antonia De La Torre (Gua)
 Mauricio Sedano (Gua)
11/4,. 11/5 (27m)
[Q] Neville Sorrento (Bvi)
 Mauricio Sedano
11/4, 11/5, 11/2 (32m)
 Adam Murrills (Eng)
11/0, 11/4 (43m)
David Cromwell (Usa)
[wc] Jules Snagg (Vin)
11/8, 11/2, 11/6 (31m)
 Jesus Camacho (Mex)
 Jesus Camacho
11/5, 9/11, 11/5,
10/12, 11/7 (88m)
 Jesus Camacho
11/6, 10/12, 11/4, 11/7
[Q] Leonel Cardenas (Mex)
11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (51m)
 Albert Shoihet (Can)
Jonas Knigge Laursen (Den)
11/9, 11/6, 11/4 (32m)
 Kale Wilson (Tri)
 Kale Wilson
11/6, 11/7, 11/6 (38m)
[Q] Dion Anselm (Bvi)
11/6, 11/3, 11/4 (34m)
 Cameron Stafford (Cay)
Qualifying, 22 Jun:
Leonel Cardenas (Mex) 3-0 Rory Thornton (Bvi)
11/3, 11/4, 11/3
Dion Anselm (Bvi) 3-0 Winston Findlay (Bvi)
11/4, 11/8, 11/9
Neville Sorrentino (Bvi) 3-0 Alex Davidson (Bvi)
11/8, 11/7, 11/7
Mike Adamson (Bvi) 3-0 Lee Osborne (Bvi)
12/10, 11/7, 11/6
Rory Thornton (Bvi) 3-1 Jonathan Addo (Bvi)
11/7, 11/5, 9/11, 12/10
Dion Anselm (Bvi) 3-1 Tatenda Gotosa (Bvi)
11/7, 12/10, 11/5, 11/4
Neville Sorrentino (Bvi) 3-0 Tony Campbell (Bvi)
118, 11/8, 11/8
Alex Davidson (Bvi) 3-0 Tom Chapman (Bvi)
11/5, 11/4, 11/9
Mike Adamson (Bvi) 3-0 Alexander Lower (Bvi)
11/3, 11/4, 11/6
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Top sees beaten in semis
Adam Murrills – England 3-1Joe Chapman - BVI
Adam got off to a fast start going 9-2 ahead in game 1 with some
controlled and relaxed squash, eventually taking it 11-5. Joe
came out with vigour in game 2 and played errorless squash for
the entire game to square the match at one a piece. Game 3 was
hard fought and balanced throughout with the lead changing 5
times up to 9-9.
Two long rallies then gave the game to Adam 11-9. Joe had given
everything in game 3 and Adam’s legs seemed stronger as they set
about the fourth game and dam then used the ball intelligently
to push through for a 3-1 victory.
Adam: “Very enjoyable and even game – I think I just
had more in the tank at the end.”
Jesus Camacho - Mexico 3-1 Cameron Stafford – Cayman
Two very different playing styles emerged immediately with
Cameron going for his winners early and Jesus injecting pace and
control to move his opponent around. Jesus jumped out to an
early 9-2 lead in the first and closed it out quickly after
Cameron saved three match balls at 10-7 in the second game then
hit to beautiful winners to take it 12-10 and square the match.
But that game had taken a lot out of Cameron and Jesus looked
fresher, probably carrying 50 pounds less than his bigger framed
Moving with a lot of speed around the court Jesus took the last
two games quite easily in the end.
Jesus – “I’m very happy to make my second consecutive
BVI Open final. All credit to Cameron – he played very well.”
23-Jun, Round One/Quarters:
Top four through to semis
The first day of main draw action in Tortola saw the top four
seeds win twice to reach the semi-finals.
Chapman - BVI
Italo Bonatti -
Funny old game. He
who commands the T usually wins.
Joe had the T for games 1, 2 and 4.
Italo had it for game 3.
The first game could have gone either way but at 9-9, Joe
was able to relax and two errors from Italo gave Joe the game.
Game 2 started tightly but four consecutive tins from
Italo gave Joe an easy win.
In game 3 Italo turned things around as he took control
of the T and marched out to a 10-4 lead, which was too much for
Joe to pull back.
Joe came back strongly in the final game, took back the T and
played tough for an 11-5 win and a place in the semis.
Joe: I was happy to push through and keep it together until the
Murrills – England
Mauricio Sedano - Guatemala
Mauricio seemed to be carrying an injury throughout, so this was
something of a non-event and Adam never looked pressured as he
took the 3-0 win in short time.
Adam: Happy to make semi-finals and still fresh.
Jesus Camacho - Mexico
Leonel Cardenas - Mexico
Absolutely the best game of the night as last year’s runner-up
Jesus, now 18 years old took on the sixteen year old qualifier,
both from Mexico.
Early on Jesus was easily in control winning game 1, as Leonel
started a bit nervously.
In the second game Leonel began to relax and quickened
his pace in a neck and neck game, which Leonel took to square
the match. Leonel
continued to dominate early in game 3 jumping out to an early
4-0 lead but Jesus then created a momentum change to win nine
consecutive points and take game 3.
Game 4 was a real seesaw affair with the lead changing
many times and a lot of passion from both players.
Leonel saved match ball at 10-9, then went on to square
the match once more, winning game 4 by 12-10.
With both players exhausted and physically drained game 5
continued at an intense pace, with Jesus just taking it on
watch out for Leonel.
He plays with ferocity and pace and looks like he can
follow in the footsteps of some of the great Mexicans not too
long from now.
Jesus: Leonel played
so well, I really had to work very hard.
Cameron Stafford - Cayman
Kale Wilson - Trinidad
An all Caribbean match up and as so many times in the past it
was Cameron’s short game that put Kale under too much pressure
throughout. Lots of
volleys and nicks from Cameron and Kale could not find his
groove, so in the end it was quite an easy win for Cameron.
forward to meeting Jesus in the semis tomorrow.
We have such different styles it’ll be an interesting
Round One reports
Round One Reports
from Mark Chapman
Joe Chapman - BVI 3-0 Mike Adamson
A friendly local rivalry between two players who have been
playing each other for more than ten years. Good to watch and
the crowd enjoyed a medium paced match.
Italo Bonatti - Guatemala 3-1 Antonio De La Torre - Guatemala
The hottest of the games in round 1, with two similar standard
Guatemalans, who play together week in week out evenly matched.
Italo was little more composed today and took the first two
easily. Tono fought back to steal the third before Italo stepped
up a gear and rounded off the fourth.
Mauricio Sedano - Guatemala 3-0 Neville Sorrentino (L)
One of the fun things of small time 5K’s is that you
occasionally get 50 year old athletes, still in their prime,
sneaking into the main draw and Neville achieved such a thing
today. Maurico was ready for his experience however and was just
one step quicker most of the time. Neville played some great
shots and long rallies but could not get into the game against
the youngster who cruised to victory.
Adam Murrills – England 3-0 David Cromwell - USA
Adam has been to and played in the BVI many times so he knows
how hot and steamy it gets on court at 10.00 am. This was the
basis of his game plan as he set out to test David’s stamina and
condition from the get go. No winners, nothing risky, just long
rallies in a 20 minute opening game, with David going up 9-6 at
one point unable to hold on as Adam came back to win 11-9. David
looked spent in games 2 and 3, as Adam quickened the pace. An
entertaining and long encounter.
Jesus Camacho - Mexico 3-0 Jules Snagg - St Vincent
Jesus, last years finalist, was a step two quick for the wild
card Jules Snagg who kept it close in the first, leading 9-7 but
like David in the previous game could not convert. Jesus piled
on the pressure in games 2 and 3 to run out an easy winner in
Leonel Cardenas - Mexico 3-1 Albert Shoihet – Canada
Albert started strongly taking the first game 11-5 and he looked
well in control against the sixteen year old Leonel from Mexico.
The youngster had other ideas and was relishing the humid
conditions as he moved the Canadian around the court to take
game 2 and square the match. As the games wore on Leonel seemed
to get stronger and grew in confidence and took the last two
Kale Wilson - Trinidad 3-0 Jonas Knigge Laursen – Denmark
Jonas started strongly, leading 9-5 in the first but as with the
other players around him, he was unable to hold on as Kale
stormed back to take the first game 11-9. Once again the
conditions seemed to favour the Caribbean player and Kale took
advantage of the very fast ball to keep Jonas on the move
throughout and he won both of the next two games.
Cameron Stafford – Cayman 3-0 Dion Anselm (L)
Local boy Dion gave all he had but Cameron was just too quick
onto the ball and used his volley to superb effect to set up a
win in three straight.