By Sean Devers
On a bright and sunny Saturday in Guyana’s Capital, the sun smiled on the Guyana teams which won the Men’s & Women’s team titles in addition to the Women’s Singles and Men’s doubles titles as the South Americans captured their fourth overall Championship when the curtains came down on the 26th Senior CASA Squash at the Georgetown Club yesterday.
Guyana, who were last overall Champions in 2013 when the Tournament, which began in 1977 in Bahamas, was held in Guyana, dethroned defending Champions Barbados, winners of the last tournament in 2017 in St Vincent, to push them into the runners-up spot.
Guyana Women beat Barbados 3-2 to capture the team title while the Men beat Jamaica 3-2 after rebounding from losses in the first two games.
Jamaican Chris Binnie won his ninth Singles title, including eight consecutive titles in the last eight tournaments.
Guyana’s 36-year-old Nicolette Fernandes, playing her first tournament in six years, beat defending Champion and USA Juniors Open Girls U-17 winner, 17-year-old Bajan Meagan Best, in the Singles final to capture her sixth Senior CASA title.
The Guyanese pair of Kristian Jeffrey and Jason Ray Khalil won the mixed doubles, while Marlene West and Cameron Stafford from the Cayman Islands took the Mixed doubles, while Bajan pair of Best and
Amanda Yearwood captured the Women’s doubles crown when they defeated Guyanese Taylor Fernandes and Ashley Khalil in the final.
The Women’s team began yesterday with a 3-2 over Barbados as Larissa Wiltshire, who was beaten 6-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 by Jodi Smith Padmore, lost her match, while Taylor Fernandes beat Sumairaa Suleman 11-6,11-5, 11-8.
Mary Fung-a-Fat and Ashely Khalil, two members of the three-woman team which participated in the recent Pan Am Games in Peru, forfeited their matches after Guyana had won three games.
Nicolette beat Best 11-8, 11-6, 11-3 after a hard fought repeat of the Singles final and while Nicolette was not as clinical as she was in that game, her superior speed and fitness worked to her advantage against the highly talented Bajan, who if she works on her weight, will make her faster and she could be dominant in Caribbean and possibly World Squash for many years to come.
In the Men’s final against Jamaica, Chris Binni, who beat Richard Chin in the Singles semis, again beat him 11-9,4-11, 11-3, 3-11, 1-11, while Julian Morrison got the better of Caribbean U-17 Champion Shomari Wiltshire 8-11,11-2, 11-4,11-5 leaving the host nation to win their other three games to capture the team title.
Nyron Joseph beat Tahjia Lumley 11-6,2-11, 14-12, 9-11, 4-11 in a hard fought match, while Kristian Jeffrey beat Dane Schwier 1-11, 11-9, 11-6,11-13, 6-11 and Jason Ray Khalil defeated Bruce Burrows 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 3-11, 4-11.
The Guyanese Veterans beat Barbados to crown an impressive tournament.
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