Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bajans crushed in CASA semis

TRINIDAD and Tobago’s men crushed the hosts Friday night in the semi-finals of the CASA (Caribbean Area Squash Association) Championships in Barbados.

This country’s men won all five matches in the fixture and were scheduled to oppose Guyana for the title when the curtain fell on the tournament yesterday.

The Guyanese were also in tremendous form as they punished OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) 5-0 in the other semi-final.

Guyana actually attempted to sweep both open titles as their women opposed Barbados in the “virtual” final.

The Barbados/T&T fixture featured a clash between two multiple national champions and Colin Ramasra, the eight-time T&T champ, came from behind to defeat seven-time Barbados champ Shawn Simpson 5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5.

In addition to the left-hander, who led his country to a runners-up finish against T&T in the Caribbean Volleyball Championships two weeks ago, the Bajan team also contained three Cumberbatch brothers.

Former Caribbean champ Garvin Cumberbatch was beaten 11-4, 13-11, 11-6 by former Caribbean Under-19 champ Kale Wilson in the battle of No. 2s; Bryant Cumberbatch  lost 11-8, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9 against national Under-19 champ Nku Patrick and Don Lee, a top player of the late 1980s and 90s who has been living in Canada for well over a decade, roared back after losing the first two sets to nose out Rhett Cumberbatch 9-11, 2-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10.

Chayse McQuan completed the sweep by beating Mark Gilkes 11-7, 11-6, 11-8.

T&T had to settle for third in the straight round-robin draw when they were beaten 5-0 by Jamaica. 

Joanna Augustus and top Under-15 players Alexandria Yearwood and Marie Claire Barcant went down in straight sets, while leading under-17 player Faith Gillezeau lost in four.

After losing the first two sets (11-2, 11-3) against Mary-Fung-A-Fat, the runner-up in the individual event, No. 1 player Nakita Poon Kong was forced to retire with injury.

This country’s veterans remained unbeaten by taking down Guyana 4-1 and their clash with Barbados yesterday would have decided the title in the round-robin draw.

Peter Pirtheesingh won the over-40 match in straight sets, John Holley prevailed in four in the over-50 encounter and since the Guyanese did not have any female players on their squad, Diane Julien (over-40) and Cathy Martin (over-50) won without taking the court.   

Guyana’s only point came when Thuram Mohabir whipped Glen Massey in straight sets in the over-60 contest.