Squash juniors making presence felt

Manager Marlon White (left) and coach Rhett Cumberbatch (back row), with the four Barbadian semi-finalists (from left) Meagan Best, Khamal Cumberbatch, Amanda Haywood and Rithew Saywack.

Barbados’ juniors at the 30th annual Junior Caribbean Area Squash Association Championships in Jamaica have already guaranteed that they will bring home more trophies than any other Barbados team since 2006.

On the boiling hot courts at the Liguanea Squash Club in Kingston, the Barbadian team comprising four females and seven males have been giving their Caribbean rivals from the Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, the OECS and hosts Jamaica a real run for their money

The tournament began on July 20 and runs until July 26. The championships began with the individual events for boys and girls in four age groups (U-13, U-15, U-17, U-19) and the team competition started today.

Barbados’ Amanda Haywood and Meagan Best, seeded no. 1 and no. 2 respectively in the Girls U-13 age group, have reached today’s final without dropping a game between them.

On the boys’ side, in the U-13 age group, Khamal Cumberbatch was seeded at no. 2 and Rithew Saywack at no. 3/4 and both made it safely through to the semi-finals where Cumberbatch won to reach his first Caribbean junior final (at age 10) while Saywack fought gamely but lost to the top seed, Dylan Pratt in three games.

Results from Day 2 are below. Players are from Barbados unless otherwise stated.U-13 Girls Semi-Finals:

No. 1 – Amanda Haywood defeated Rebecca Low (GUY) 3-0 (11-2; 11-2; 11-3) No. 2 – Meagan Best defeated Mia Mahfood (JAM) 3-0 (11-1; 11-1; 11-2) U-13 Boys Semi-Finals: No. 2 – Khamal Cumberbatch defeated 3/4 Jonathan Walker (JAM) 3-2 (11-6; 3-11; 9-11; 11-6; 12-10) No. 3/4 – Rithew Saywack lost to No. 1 Dylan Platt (BER) 0-3 (3-11; 8-11; 9-11) U-13 Boys Consolation Plate: Shemane Griffith defeated Luke Roberts (JAM) 3-0 (11-5; 11-8; 11-9) Shemane Griffith defeated Shanari Wiltshire (GUY) 3-2 (9-11; 11-4; 4-11; 11-8; 11-9) U-15 Girls: Alyssa White lost to Janie Edghill (TRI) 3-0 (1-11; 1-11; 0-11) U-15 Boys: Benjamin Griffith lost to Stephan Morrison (JAM) 3-1 (12-14; 11-9; 8-11; 8-11) U-17 Boys: Stewart St John defeated Christian Edghill (TRI) 3-1 (11-7; 8-11; 11-5; 11-9) Stewart St John then lost to David Mullings (JAM) 3-2 (9-11; 11-8; 12-10; 5-11; 7-11) Brandon Straker lost to Nicco Tummings (CAY) 0-3 (8-11; 0-11; 5-11) U19 Boys: Zaki Williams lost to Mandela Patrick (TRI) 0-3 (9-11; 6-11; 6-11) Mathew Mackenzie lost to Ben Orchard (BER) 0-3 (9-11; 8-11; 4-11)

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