Bim make semis

Barbados male and female teams have advanced into the semi-final round of the Junior Caribbean Squash Championship being held at the Squash Club located at Marine Gardens, Christ Church.

This afternoon they won 3-2 in the best of five match-up against Cayman Islands to secure their place. The males were also in action against Bermuda and defeated their guests 3-2.

The home queens continued their winning form yesterday in their opening game of the team competition against the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), winning 4-1 in the best of five encounter.

Around 1.30p.m. the Bajan girls took to the court and Chelsie Samuels won comfortably 11-5, 11-3, 11-2 when she played the Caymanian Lauren Fullerton.

Speaking about comfort, under-15 darling Meagan Best represented well in front her home fans with an unstoppable 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 demolition of Jade Pitcairn who had very little answers for the powerful Best.

Barbados captain Amanda Haywood was too much for Emma Turnbull to handle. Haywood destroyed her opponent 11-4, 11-1, 11-1 to keep up her reputation as one of the most talented young female squash players in the Caribbean.

Barbados captain  and number two seed Amanda Haywood (left) showed lots of fight to take the game away from top seed Alyssa Mullings of Jamaica. copy
Barbados captain and number two seed Amanda Haywood (left) showed lots of fight to take the game away from top seed Alyssa Mullings of Jamaica. copy

Cayman Islands however had something to smile about when twin sisters Jada and Jodi Smith-Padmore lost their respective under-19 games to Lara Conolly and Mischa Kluyver.

Jodi lost in straight sets 11-2, 11-5 and 11-5 to Conolly. While Jada also suffered a similar fate losing in straight sets 11-5, 11-3, 11-4 to Kluyver. This did not make a difference however to the hosts’ overall results.

The Griffith brothers led by Benjamin, captain of the Barbados male team, and Josiah, won their respective games against Bermuda. Under-15 king Khamal Cumberbatch also won his encounter.

Benjamin played Kion Knight in the first of two under-19 games and impressively won 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 to redeem himself after losing out on a medal in the individual competition.

 Barbados male team captain Benjamin Griffith

Barbados male team captain Benjamin Griffith

Speaking with Barbados TODAY, Benjamin said he believed  the team had a very good chance of being first overall this year.

He added that even though he did not achieve an individual medal, playing for the team was much more important to him than playing for himself. He said that knowing his team was depending on him he went out into what he described was a difficult game against Knight and won.

‘’It was very difficult because he gets back everything and I had to be extremely patient and just play my game. I felt that I had a good chance against him because I played him two years ago and I kind of know his game,’’ Benjamin said about the match.

In the other under-19 encounter, which was the final game of the night, Reginald Brewster played well but lost to Dylan Muldoon 9-11, 11-7, 5-11 and 5-11. Meanwhile Darien Benn was defeated in the first game of the evening in the under-13 boys division. Benn went down to Charlie Riker in straight sets 8-11, 6-11 and 6-11.

However that did not stop Benjamin’s younger sibling Josiah from producing a pleasing victory over Dylan Pratt 11-6, 11-3 and 11-5. The under-17 champ proved too good for Pratt who must be given credit for hanging in against the hard-hitting Josiah who was tactical in his plays and knew when to punch at the ball.

Cumberbatch is also having a good tournament and he helped Team Barbados to win when he slammed Taylor Carrick 11-0, 11-5, 11-2 to take the game in straight sets.

Barbados’ male and female teams will know who they will face in the semi-final on Friday.

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