Saturday, February 24, 2018

Queen’s Park go for Interclub sweep

THE curtain will fall on the Bryden pi Ltd National Interclub Squash League tonight with the Division A final at Cascadia Squash Club, St Ann’s.

After winning with B Division crown last week with Ball Blasters, Queen Park Cricket Cub (QPCC) will attempt to compete a sweep as they will be represented by Untouchables.

Their opponents at 7 p.m. will be Squash Jumbies, who upset fellow Petrotrin outfit Stars, 3-2 when the teams clashed at home last Friday night in the semifinals at Petrotrin Club, Pointe-a-Pierre.

The Patricks saved the night for Jumbies as they won the three matches. Wiith the fixture deadlocked at 2-2, Raymond Patrick, a former president of the Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association, had luck on his side as he beat former national player Sheldon Skeete in four sets to clinch victory.

Skeete had beaten Patrick in straight sets during the round-robin phase of the tournament a few weeks earlier and was expected to do so again, but he injured a hamstring during the match.

Patrick’s elder son Mandela defeated Chayse McQuan in three straight sets, while his brother Nku, who succeeded him as national under-19 champ on Sunday, needed four close sets to deny John Holley, one of the leading over-50 players in the region.

Peter Pirtheesingh, the national veterans’ (over-40) champ, won the only match for Stars, but the multiple champs got another point as Jumbies only fielded four players.

In the clash of the QPCC teams, Hard Core was favoured to get home, but Untouchables stunned them by winning the first three matches to book their place in the final. Robert Stone and Wolfram Nothnagel both needed five sets to get by Trules Hagle and former Caribbean under-15 champ Justin Sanguinette, respectively, and in the battle of former national champs, Josh Pinard whipped Paul Jerome De Verteuil in three straight.

With the fixture already settled, Luc Davis and Brian Jackson notched victories for Hard Core.

Stokley Smart was the hero when the B-class final went right down the wire last Thursday night at the same venue.

In a battle of No. 1’s, Smart edged Vashish Dubay 11-1, 4-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8 as Ball Blasters nosed out Forest Reserve Drillers.

Rishi Maharaj had drawn first blood for Drillers with a four-set victory over Russell Young, and later his teammate Chris Joachim was forced to defeat Ricard Thompson—also in four—to force the fifth and final match.

Marc Packer won the second match over Glen Massey in straight sets to put Ball Blasters on the board and Craig Le Croix increased the lead right after by edging Christopher Aaron in five.