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Masters squash tourney begins

Action got underway in the 2015 National Masters Squash Championships earlier this week with the top seeds all recording straight forward victories at the Barbados Squash Club.

In the Men’s Over-40 category, 5/8 seeds Sylvester Nurse and Peter Harris were the first to book their places in the quarterfinals with comfortable wins over Martin Bryan and Preston Parris respectively.

Dropping just thirteen points, Nurse closed out his match in three quick games 11-4, 11-4, 11-5, while Harris advanced with an easy 11-5, 12-10, 11-6 victory.

In the top half of the draw, 3/4 seed Don Benn also booked his place in the Final 8 with an 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6 win over the energetic Brian Lowe, while 5/8 seeds Terry Millar and Deepu Panjwani also progressed with four-game victories over Mickey Armstrong and Paul Sealy respectively.

Recovering from a slow start, Millar bounced back after dropping the first game 8-11 to win 11-7, 11-7, 11-6, while in similar fashion, Panjwani came from a game down to win 9-11, 12-10, 11-5, 16-14 in what was considered the match of the night.

In the early rounds of the Men’s Over-60 category, top seed Errol Pilgrim easily defeated Ruairidh MacKenzie 11-3, 11-2, 11-4, while Monty Cumberbatch convincingly beat Chester Haynes 11-5, 11-3, 11-7.

Play continues at the Barbados Squash Club with action in the Ladies Over-40, Ladies Rookie, Men’s Over-40 and Men’s Over-50 brackets.

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