Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ramasra beaten in CASA quarters

COLIN RAMASRA was beaten in the quarterfinals when the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Championships continued yesterday in Barbados. After beating Jason Ray-Khalil of Guyana 11-4, 11-8, 11-4 and Barbadian Rhett Cumberbatch 11-6, 11-6, 11-5, the eighth-seeded eight-time Trinidad and Tobago champion failed to get into the medal round when he was trounced 11-2, 11-5, 11-8 by last year’s runner-up Sunil Seth of Guyana.

Kale Wilson, this country’s other seeded player, defeated Romario Constance of Cayman Islands 11-7, 11-9, 11-8, but then the No. 16 seed went under 11-5, 13-11, 11-5 against Bermudian Micah Franklin in the “round of 16.”

Nku Patrick whipped Barbadian Ryan Foster 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 on Saturday, but the national under-19 champ was beaten in the second round 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 yesterday by seventh-seeded Guyanese Alex Arjoon.

Chayse McQuan was the other T&T male player to win a match, but after nosing out Mark Giles of Barbados 12-10 in the fifth set on Saturday, he came up against the fourth seed yesterday and was outclassed 11-1, 11-2, 11-3 by Richard Chin of Guyana.

Peter Pirtheesingh was also in the draw, but last year’s national veterans’ (over-40) champ lost in four sets in Saturday’s first round.

Former national youth skipper Nakita Poon Kong and Faith Gillezeau went out in yesterday’s “round of 16” after five-set victories in Saturday’s first round. Poon Kong was beaten 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 by second-seeded Guyanese Mary-Fung-A-Fat, while fifth-seeded Barbadian Nadia McCarthy halted top under-17 player Gillezeau 11-9, 11-4, 12-10.

Joanna Augustus and the country’s top under-15 players Alexandria Yearwood and Marie Barcant exited in the first round on Saturday. The individual finals will be contested tonight and the team events, involving Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States), T&T and host country Barbados, will take place from tomorrow until Saturday.