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British Virgin Island Champs 2016
22-25 Jun, Tortola, $5k

25-Jun, Final:
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

Great 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 11-1.

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.

Adam 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 drained.

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 2016
22-25 Jun, Tortola, $5k
Round One
23 Jun
Quarters
23 Jun
Semis
24 Jun
Final
25 Jun
[1] Joe Chapman (Bvi)
11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (29m)
[Q] Mike Adamson (Bvi)
[1] Joe Chapman

11/9, 11/5, 7/11, 11/5 (73m)

[8] Italo Bonatti
[1] Joe Chapman

11/5, 3/11, 11/9, 11/3 (68m)

[3] Adam Murrills

[3] Adam Murrills

 

12/10, 1/11, 11/3, 11/8 (63m)

 

[4] Jesus Camacho

[8] Italo Bonatti (Gua)
11/7, 11/3, 9/11, 11/7 (54m)
Antonia De La Torre (Gua)
[7] Mauricio Sedano (Gua)
11/3, 11/4,. 11/5 (27m)
[Q] Neville Sorrento (Bvi)
[7] Mauricio Sedano

11/4, 11/5, 11/2 (32m)

[3] Adam Murrills
[3] Adam Murrills (Eng)
11/9, 11/0, 11/4 (43m)
David Cromwell (Usa)
[wc] Jules Snagg (Vin)
11/8, 11/2, 11/6 (31m)
[4] Jesus Camacho (Mex)
[4] Jesus Camacho

11/5, 9/11, 11/5, 10/12, 11/7 (88m)

[Q] Leonel Cardenas
[4] Jesus Camacho

11/6, 10/12, 11/4, 11/7 (59m)

[2] Cameron Stafford

[Q] Leonel Cardenas (Mex)
5/11, 11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (51m)
[6] Albert Shoihet (Can)
Jonas Knigge Laursen (Den)
11/9, 11/6, 11/4 (32m)
[5] Kale Wilson (Tri)
[5] Kale Wilson

11/6, 11/7, 11/6 (38m)

[2] Cameron Stafford
[Q] Dion Anselm (Bvi)
11/6, 11/3, 11/4 (34m)
[2] Cameron Stafford (Cay)
Qualifying, 22 Jun:

Finals:
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

Round One:
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

 TAGS :   2015 Event | BVI | Tortola | Search

24-Jun, Semis:
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 that.

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 opponent.

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.

Joe Chapman - BVI 3-1 Italo Bonatti  - Guatemala

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 end.

Adam Murrills – England 3-0 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 3-2 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 experience.  But 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 3-0 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.

Cameron:  Looking forward to meeting Jesus in the semis tomorrow.  We have such different styles it’ll be an interesting match

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 three.

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 games.

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.

 

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