GEORGETOWN — Barbados’ Gavin Cumberbatch was beaten by Jamaica men’s champion Chris Binnie in the quarter-finals of the 2013 Caribbean Area Squash Association Senior Championships in Guyana last night.
The Jamaican star and defending champion claimed a spot in the semi-finals by defeating Cumerbatch 11-6, 11-4, 11-9.
“Gavin was the 2008 Caribbean champion, so he’s a good player, and doing so well against him has definitely given me confidence going into my semi-final match,” Binnie said as he looked forward to the semi-final matchup.
The relatively easy win set up a much-anticipated rematch between Binnie and Richard Chin, a local hero and Binnie’s long-time rival. It was Chin who beat Binnie in 2010, derailing his campaign to repeat as Caribbean men’s champion, after Binnie first won the title in 2009.
After suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Guyanese player, Binnie stormed back to exact revenge in 2011 and has held the coveted title ever since.
“When Richard beat me and took my title away in 2010, that definitely fuelled some fire in me,” Binnie said. “He’s a great player and I know what I’m going to be up against, so I’ll just have to be confident and take control of the match from the beginning. If I can get him to play my game, hopefully, that will be enough.”
Jamaican Bruce Borrowes was Chin’s casualty in the quarter-finals. Although Burrowes won the first set, Chin regrouped and posted a 9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-2 win to advance to the semi-finals.
Burrowes had earlier trounced Trinidadian Chase McQuan 11-2, 11-0, 11-3, then overpowered Guyana’s Jason Khalil 11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 3-11, 11-3.
Chin’s victory in the Round of 16 came at the expense of another Jamaican, Dane Schwier. After an early 11-6, 11-2, 11-5 win against Guyana’s Robert McDavid, Schwier lost 10-12, 11-6, 12-10, 11-2 to Chin. The 2013 Caribbean Senior Championships will run until August 17.