Mandela in CASA quarters
Ramasra, Khan, Knaggs not in T&T team
TRINIDAD and Tobago’s Mandela Patrick advanced to the quarter-finals when the individual events of the CASA (Caribbean Area Squash Association) Championships served off yesterday in Guyana.
The national Under-19 champion, runner-up in his category during Junior CASA “individuals” a couple weeks ago at home, upset Barbadian Brett Cumberbatch 11-7, 6-11, 13-11, 11-7 to reach the last eight.
After a first-round bye, Patrick had roared back from a set down to convincingly dismiss Guyana’s Regan Pollard 9-11, 14-12, 11-1, 11-0 in the “round of 16”.”
Compatriot Kale Wilson edged De Groot of Guyana 5-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8 after a bye, but then the Great Britain -based former Caribbean Under-19 champ was beaten 11-8, 11-5, 11-7 by No. 4 seed Cameron Stafford of the Cayman Islands for a place in the quarters.
Chayse McQuan defeated Narine of Guyana 12-10, 11-4, 11-7 in the first round, but was then crushed 11-2, 11-0, 11-3 by Jamaican Bruce Burrowes, a seeded player.
And Patrick’s brother Nku, the Under-17 runner-up in the recent Junior CASA, was whipped 11-0, 11-4, 11-5 after a first-round bye by top seed and defending champ Chris Binnie of Jamaica.
Don Lee, a Canada-based former top player of the 1990s, will join Wilson, McQuan and the Patrick brothers for the team competition from tomorrow, but the top player in missing.
After leading the country in this tournament for the last few years, seven-time national champ Colin Ramasra, ranked in the top 250 in the world, was unable to compete this year.
Rhea Khan, the 18-time national champ who has reached the quarters in the last two editions of this tournament, and Caribbean Under-19 champ Charlotte Knaggs are also not competing as the Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association did not send a female team.
Recently-crowned national veterans’ (Over-40) champ Peter Pirtheesingh will play in his age group, while multiple veterans’ (Over-40) champ John Holley is the manager as well as the over-50 player.
Former ten-time national champ Richard Hart will be competing in the over-60 category. Top veteran player Roger Salandy is the coach.