TODAY in Cayman: Wed 10th, Day
Steve Cubbins in Cayman
GALLERY: Jamaicans on the Beach
Individual Finals Day
Plate: Kevin Bailey (Oecs) bt Robert McDavid
13/11, 11/7, 8/11, 9/11, 11/6
Special: Micah Franklin (Ber) bt Alex Arjoon (Guy)
11/5, 11/8, 11/7
Consol: Jake Kelly (Cay) bt Chris Stout (Ber) 9/11,
11/7, 11/7, 11/8
Plate: Lilliana White (Bar) bt Nadine
McCarthy (Bar) 11/8, 11/6, 11/8
Consol: Brooke Burrowes (Jam) bt Eilidh Bridgman (Cay)
11/8, 11/3, 11/4
Special: Rhea Khan (T&T) bt Ailison Strobridge (Cay)
11/1, 11/5, 11/6
Marlene West (Cay) bt Cheri-Ann Paris (Bar) 11/7,
Dean Watson (Cay) bt Bryant Cumberbatch (Bar) 8/11, 11/3,
 Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) bt  Karen Meakins
11/5, 7/11, 11/3, 11/6
 Chris Binnie (Jam) bt  Richard Chin (Guy
2/11, 11/3, 11/7, 11/5
Out with the Old and in with the ... Old
Both defending champions were
beaten on finals day at South Sound Squash Club as both 2009
champions reclaimed the titles.
up, top seed Nicolette Fernandes claimed her third CASA
title at the expense of Karen Meakins in a repeat of
their 2009 encounter here.
Meakins, appearing in her fifth consecutive final, couldn't get
to grips with her opponent after the opening exchanges as
Fernandes, playing very solidly, pulled away from a 2-3 deficit
to lead 10-4 before closing out the opener 11-5.
Meakins didn't help her own cause with unforced errors at the
start of the second, but from 5-0 down she started to gee
herself up, as she does, and for the rest of the game it was
Fernandes under pressure and making the mistakes as Meakins
stormed back, taking the game 11-7 to level matters.
Coming back once is one thing, but going 6-0 down in the third
and 6-1 in the fourth is a different matter, especially against
someone normally as steady as Fernandes. Having picked up her
game again the Guyanese was in no mood to let it slip again as
she closed out both games, 11/3, 11/6 to reclaim 'her' title.
"I thought I played really well,
but she was just better. I managed to come back to take the
second, but I let her get ahead in all of the games and you just
can't do that against someone like Nicolette.
"She's a lot younger than me, but at 39 I'm still playing well
and enjoying the game, so I'll keep on playing as long as my
body lets me!"
played each other so many times we know what to expect, and I
knew she'd come out firing as the defending champion. I had good
preparation with a tough game against Marlene yesterday, so I
was ready and thought I played pretty well.
"I'm definitely a better player than before my injury layoff, my
fitness, tactics and shots are all better. The ranking doesn't
show it yet, partly because the standard and the depth in the
women's game has got stronger, but I've had a good summer's
training at home and I'm ready for the new season.
"It's great to win this title again, I'm going home tomorrow so
it will be lovely to be able to enjoy it at home with friends
and family for a while."
men's final was a repeat of last year's in which, in Chris
Binnie's own words, Richard Chin gave him a good beating.
On the evidence of the first game another one looked on the
cards as Chin eased through the first 11/2 with Binnie giving
the defending champion far too many of the loose balls he loves
to feed off.
Not to be though, as the Jamaican picked up the pace from the
outset of the second game, ran down everything Chin could throw
at him and built a 5-0 lead which, despite a fightback to 5-4,
he soon enough consolidated 11-7.
And that was the pattern for the next two games - Chin trying
all he could to get his opponent out of position, Binnie running
those shots down, trying to keep the pace high to neutralise the
effect of them, and more often than not it was Binnie who
eventually worked an opening.
that it was ever easy, but by the second half of the fourth Chin
looked to have run out of ideas.
Binnie didn't let up, and
pulling clear from 5-all in the third, then taking the fourth by
the scruff of the neck, the Binnie turned the tables and
emulated Fernandes in reclaiming 'his' title.
"I just tried to
take the experience of last year's final and learn from it. I
tried to keep the pace as high as I could and keep it going as
long as I could - he's got all the shots and experience, but I'm
half his age!
"I was just too loose in the first and he was picking everything
off, that woke me up really for the rest of the match.
I think I played pretty well there, and it feels good to win the
** Richard gets a quick
chance of revenge - and Chris doesn't get long to enjoy the win
- as Jamaica play Guyana in the team event, starting at 10.00