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Barbados going for more squash titles

Barbados is on the cusp of even more squash glory.

Just days after Karen Meakins delivered the island’s first title at the 22nd Senior Caribbean Squash Championships, local hopes have now been further amplified in the team competition.

Karen Meakins

Karen Meakins

The ladies’ team of Meakins, Nadia McCarthy, Alex Jordan, Amanda Haywood, Muffin Stollmeyer and Megan Best have already established themselves as the ones to beat with comprehensive victories over Bermuda (5-0), Jamaica (5-0) and Trinidad and Tobago (5-0).

They were set to oppose the Cayman Islands tonight before tomorrow’s crucial tie against defending champions Guyana.

The local men’s team, comprised of reigning national champion Shawn Simpson, the Cumberbatch brothers (Gavin, Rhett and Bryant), Mark Gilkes and Zaki Williams, rebounded after dropping their first tie against Guyana 2-3 on Tuesday to register a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Jamaica the following day.

Against Guyana, who are also the defending men’s champions, Simpson was defeated by professional player Sunil Seth 11-4, 11-7, 11-9, while Gavin lost to veteran Richard Chin 11-6, 11-2, 11-7.

Bryant then went on to lose to Guyanese national champion Alex Arjoon 5-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-8, before Rhett and Gilkes restored a measure of respectability to the scoreline.

The men’s team was scheduled to oppose Trinidad and Tobago tonight for a berth in tomorrow’s final against Guyana.

Among the veterans, Barbados made a solid start with a 5-0 victory over Guyana. The defending champions are represented by captain Mark Sealy (Men’s +50), Andy Gill (Men’s +40), Leon Truss (Men’s +60), Kristina Evelyn (Ladies +40), Lynn DeCambra-McLeod (Ladies +50) and Ruth Deane-Webster (Ladies +50).

The championships conclude tomorrow at the Barbados Squash Club with play starting at 9 a.m.


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