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Father and son win at 'Petrotrin'

By Shammi Kowlessar

FATHER and son Patrick were both triumphant when the Petrotrin 20th Anniversary Squash Tournament served off Tuesday evening at Petrotrin Club, Pointe-a-Pierre.

Raymond Patrick, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association, whipped Allan Poon King 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Masters Over-45 division.

Top seed John Holley also booked his place in the last eight with an 11-5, 11-5, 11-triumph over Kurt Creese, while Dipak Darwar edged Dexter Hive 13-11, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5 to get there.

The other quarter-finalists were determined after press time last night and former ten-time national champion Richard Hart, Roger Salandy and Colin Mowser— seeded second, third and fourth, respectively—were among the participants.

Patrick's son Mandela, the under-19 champion, secured his place in the "round of 16" of the open draw with a commanding 11-3, 11-4, 11-1 triumph over Gowkerran Bissoon.

Mandela's younger Nku, the national under-17 champ was expected to battle for his place in the second round last night against Sheldon Burke.

There were seven first-round matches on last night's schedule after the first five were played on Tuesday.

In addition to Mandela, Kevin Ramsumair booked his place in the last 16 by halting Matthew Mungal 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, while Marc Pontifex beat Winstay Lewis 11-5, 11-5-11-8.

Kavir Mohammed defeated Marlon Lutchmeesingh to advance and Len Terbanche only needed one set as Roberto Charles retired injured after losing the first set 11-5.

The "round of 16" matches will be contested tonight, the quarters will take place tomorrow night and the semi-finals and final will be played on Saturday.

Defending and three-time national champ Josh Pinard is the top seed, followed by Barbadians Shawn Simpson, a five-time national champ, and Garvin Cumberbatch, a former Caribbean champ, and six-time national champ Colin Ramasra, respectively.

Rhea Khan, the 17-time national champ, is the prohibitive favourite for the women's title and the Masters Over-60 competition is also a round-robin event involving five players.

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