Friday, February 23, 2018

Ramasra, Sample in five at ‘Cascadia’

 COLIN RAMASRA and Kerrie Sample won a rare doubles squash match in five sets to bring down the curtain on the Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association’s exhibition event last weekend at Cascadia Squash Club, St Ann’s.

The players, who had combined to secure a silver medal in the 2010 CAC (Central America and the Caribbean) Games in Colombia, captured the first set, but were still forced to come from behind to defeat Kale Wilson and Charlotte Knaggs 11-7, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4 last Saturday.

The match was played on a singles court and the reason that there has never been an official doubles match in Trinidad is because doubles courts are three-feet wider, and there are none in the country.

Ramasra, the country’s only professional player who is ranked just outside the top 200 in the world, easily won the round-robin singles tournament.

After beating national under-19 champ Mandela Patrick 11-9, 11-2, the Canada-based seven-time national champ roared back from an 8-3 first-set deficit to snatch the first set 11-9 and then roll over Wilson 11-4, 11-2 in the other two of the best-of-five “virtual” final.

Wilson, the 2011 Caribbean under-19 champ who studies and competed in Canada, had edged Patrick, the under-19 runner-up in this year’s Caribbean Junior Championships, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9 in the other match in the series.

Fans were looking forward to the clash between Knaggs and Sample, but the latter, a Briton of local parentage who was crowned Caribbean under-19 champ in ‘09, is nursing a leg injury and decided to save herself for the mixed doubles.

Great Britain-based student Knaggs, who was crowned Caribbean under-19 champ this year after holding the under-17 title for the previous two years, came up against Patrick’s younger brother Nku instead and lost 11-7, 11-9 to Caribbean Under-17 runner-up.