TRINIDAD and Tobago’s Mandela Patrick was beaten in the quarter-finals when the CASA (Caribbean Area Squash Association) Championships continued on Monday night in Guyana.
The under-19 runner-up in the recent Junior CASA in Trinidad surprisingly reached the last eight, but was no match for Cameron Stafford and was beaten 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 by last year’s runner-up.
The player from the Cayman Islands later lost four sets to second-seeded Sunil Seth.
This Australian-based Guyanese, competing in the tournament for the first time, had survived a 75-minute nail-biting marathon to nose out compatriot Alex Arjoon 8-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 13-11 in the quarters.
Chris Binnie whipped Garvin Cumberbatch of Barbados 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 in the quarters and 45-year-old Guyanese Richard Chin, another former Caribbean champ, in a four-set semi-final.
The top-seeded Jamaican attempted to capture the title for the third time in succession when he opposed Seth after press time last night.
Top-seeded Nicolette Fernandes also attempted to complete a hat-trick when she squared off against 2010 champ Karen Meakins in the third straight women’s final.
Fernandes, ranked 28th in the world, brushed aside Ashley Khalil 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 in the semis, after outclassing another fellow Guyanese Keisha Jeffrey 11-5, 11-7, 11-2.
Meakins, the No. 2 seed representing Barbados, also got the better of two Guyanese players, Ashley De Groot (11-8, 11-5, 11-8) and Mary-Fung-A-Fat (10-12, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6) in the quarters and semis, respectively.
Trinidad-born Barbadian Gyalla MacKenzie, who was recently crowned Caribbean under-17 champ, failed to convert two match points and lost a heart-breaking quarter-final 6-11, 11-7, 5-11, 12-10, 12-10 against last year’s Caribbean under-19 champ Fung-A-Fat.
National under-19 champ Patrick was beaten in the classic plate (play-off for fifth place) 11-8, 13-11, 11-6 by Arjoon. And Patrick’s brother Nku, the Caribbean under-17 runner-up, was edged in his first match in the plate draw 18-16, 11-9, 15-13 by Jules Snagg of OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States).
But compatriots Chayse McQuan and former Caribbean under-19 champ Kale Wilson were both in winners’ row.
McQuan beat Caribbean under-15 champ Ben Mecdeki of Guyana 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, while the Great Britain-based Wilson was a 7-11, 11-6, 17-15, 11-8 winner over Barbadian Bryant Cumberbatch.
The team competition will serve off today and former national champ Paul Jerome De Verteuil and Don Lee, the Canada-based former top player, will join Wilson, McQuan, and the Patrick brothers on the T&T team.
This country is not being represented by a female team, but Peter Pirtheesingh (over-40), John Holley (over-50) and former ten-time national champ Richard Hart (over-60) comprise the veterans’ outfit.