By Sean Devers
The penultimate day of the 2019 Senior CASA Squash Championships at the Georgetown Club’s Squash Courts in Guyana yesterday saw a couple of victories for the Guyanese Women and a semi-final win for their Male counterparts.
Both teams have advanced to today’s finals.
The Guyanese Women’s remained unbeaten and plays their final round robin match against Barbados.
Technically a final, the Women’s match between Guyana and Barbados is fixed for 09:00hrs this morning.
The Women beat Bermuda 5-0 and Trinidad & Tobago 5-nil yesterday.
In the morning game, Taylor Fernandes beat Jayne Craig 11-6,11-8,11-5, Nicolette Fernandes beat Rachel Barnes 11-7,11-3,11-5 and Mary Fung-a-Fat beat Susie Howells 11-7,11-6, 11-3, while Larrissa Wilshire and Ashley DeGroot won by default.
In the veterans, Guyana’s Lydia Fraser beat Bermudian Suzanne Rose, while Denise Jeffery beat Beverly Wilson of T&T.
In the afternoon matches Guyana’s Women beat T&T 5-0 with Nicolette Fernandes beating Charlotte Knaggs 11-5,11-4,11-4, Fung-a-Fat beat Alexandra Yearwood 11-5,11-7, 11-5 Taylor Fernandes beat Mari-Clair Barcant 11-6,11-3, 11-6, Larrissa Wilshire beat Melody Gillezeau 12-10, 11-5,11-7 and Ashly DeGroot beat Jaime-Leigh Edghill 11-1, 11-5,11-8.
Last night Guyana Men’s were 3-1 winners against Barbados with the last game still to be contested at press time which was enough to set up today’s final with Jamaica who won by default against Cayman Islands in the other semi-final. The Men’s final is scheduled for noon today.
Richard Chin beat Shawn Simpson Chin 9-11, 11-8, 11-5,7-11, 11-4 after losing the first game, Jason Ray Khalil lost 3-1 (7-11,4-11, 11-4, 5-11) to 17-year-old Khamal Cumberbatch in the most exciting match of the night.
Kristian Jeffery beat Bryant Cumberbatch, the older brother of Khamal, in straight games 3-0, while at press time, Shomari Wilshire had beaten Rhett Cumberbatch, another member of the Cumberbatch clan 3-0.
Deje Dias was still to play the last game against Colin Alexander.
Played before a ram packed venue with the smell of Bar-B-Q pork and Chicken filling the air, at times 30-shot rallies, precise drop shots and excellent retrievals highlighted the riveting contest between Guyana’s National Champion and 17-year-old Bajan Khamal Cumberbatch.
Cumberbatch out ran Khalil and a wonderful exhibition of high quality Squash by both, but urged on the raucous Bajan supporters the talented Cumberbatch must have felt like he was in Bridgetown and won the first two games.
But Khalil, dripping wet in perspiration, dominated the young boy in another exhilarating game and when Khalil scored consecutive points the Bajan seemed at a psychological disadvantage when under pressure with Khalil winning the third game.
Unlike in the two previous games when Cumberbatch re-entered the Court long before the Guyanese, Khalil was there first back for the start of the fourth game which was another thriller which Cumberbatch, who defiantly looks one for the future, took the game and match as both players got a standing ovation.
The Guyanese, playing in the Veterans division against Bermuda, won 3-2.
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