Barbadian players enjoyed mixed results as action got underway on Day 1 of the 32nd annual Junior Caribbean Squash Championships in Bermuda yesterday.
After the opening ceremony was held in the morning action commenced in the individual competition which is being held in four age groups for both boys and girls: U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19. Eleven Barbadian players took to the courts on Sunday with five being successful and six losing after putting up good resistance.
In the first round of the girls U-13 age group both Sumairaa Suleman and Chelsea Samuels, who are on their first tour with the Barbados team, lost to higher ranked opponents from Trinidad and Tobago but performed creditably. The top seed and defending Caribbean champion from Barbados, Meagan Best, had a first round bye and was scheduled to play today. In the boys’ U-13 age group, the top seed and defending Caribbean champion from Barbados,Khamal Cumberbatch, eased into the quarter-finals with a comfortable 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 victory over Guyanese Anthony Islam. Darien Benn, however, lost his second round match to Bermudian Kaleo Place in four games.
In the boys’ U-15 age group, the number two seed is Barbadian Shemane Griffith, who got started today, but teammate Reggie Brewster got his campaign underway with an easy 11-3, 11-2, 11-3 victory over Trinidadian Kobie Khan. The top seed in the girls’ U-15 is Barbadian Amanda Haywood, who finished runner-up last year and who played her first match today, along with the number 2 seed in the girls’ U-19 age group, Barbadian Gylla Mackenzie who also had a first round bye.
In the girls’ U-17 age group, Barbadian Alyssa White lost in straight games to a higher ranked Bermudan opponent whereas Benjamin Griffith progressed to the last eight in the BU-17 competition with a convincing 3-0 victory over Trinidadian Jonathan Blanc, Roland Brewster Jr. enjoyed a hard fought victory in five games over Caymanian, Gyles Luke, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 5-11, 11-9 while Zachary Proverbs-Harris lost to the formidable number 3/4 seed from Guyana, Benjamin Mekdeci in straight games.
In the boys’ U-19 age group Barbados’ national U-19 Champion, Stewart St. John, prevailed in straight games against Bermudan Nazir Smith, while Brandon Straker pulled up with a leg injury and had to retire in the second game against Jamaican, David Mullins.
The individual championships will conclude tomorrow and the team competition will begin the following day and conclude on Saturday evening. Barbados finished third in both the boys and girls team competitions last year behind double champions, Guyana, and second placed Jamaica.
Junior CASA Individual Competition – Day One, selected results:
Girls Under 13 – Round 1
Jinana Al Rawi (TRI) d Sumairaa Suleman (BAR) 12-10, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8
Aimee DeVerteuil (TRI) d Chelsea Samuel (BAR) 11-4, 11-9, 11-4
Boys Under 13 – Round 2
Number 1 Khamal Cumberbatch (BAR) d Anthony Islam (GUY) 11-4, 11-4, 11-4
David Pitcairn (CAY) d Sebastian Levy (JAM) 12-10, 11-4, 11-8
Taylor Carrick (BER) d Christopher Anthony (TRI) 11-6, 11-2, 11-2
No.3/4 Shomari Wiltshire (GUY) d Matthew Elliott (BER) 11-3, 11-2, 11-2
No. 3/4 Anaya Smith (BER) d Oscar Lindsey (BER) 11-3, 11-3, 11-2
Kaleo Place (BER) d Darien Benn ()BAR 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5
Daniel Islam (GUY) d Ethan Furbert (BER) 11-6, 11-1, 11-5
No. 2 Kai Bentick (OECS) d Will Roberts (CAY) 11-5, 11-2, 11-2
Boys Under 15 – Round 1
Reginald Brewster (BAR) d Kobie Khan (TRI) 11-3, 11-2, 11-3
Nicholas Caddie (TRI) d Cameron Coffey (BER) 11-4, 11-0, 11-2
Alex Cheeks (GUY) d Sam Morris (BER) 11-0, 11-3, 11-0
Luke Roberts (CAY) d Jason Sairsingh (GUY) 11-2, 12-10, 11-7
Girls Under 17 – Round 1
Tiye Williams (BER) d Alyssa White ()BAR11-0, 11-8, 11-3
Kersten Gordon (OECS) d Alexandra Artuck (CAY) 6-11, 11-3, 11-9, 14-12
No. 3/4 Marion Gillezeau (TRI) d Ashley Lynch (JAM) 11-5, 11-5, 12-10
No. 3/4 Taylor Fernandes (GUY) d Mischa Kluyver (CAY) 11-4, 11-1, 11-0
Thandi Myers (OECS) d Madeleine Rose (BER) 11-5, 11-7, 11-3
Jamie Leigh Edgehill (TRI) d Abayomi Maddox (OECS) 11-5, 11-6, 11-5
No. 2 Alyssa Mullings (JAM) d Deriai Myers (OECS) 11-1, 11-1, 11-1
Boys Under 17 – Round 1
No. 3/4 Benjamin Mekdeki (GUY) d Zach Proverbs-Harris ()BAR11-4, 11-1, 11-1
Chad Salandy (TRI) d Jacques DeVerteuil (BER) 11-1, 11-2, 11-2
Benjamin Griffith (BAR) d Jonathon Blanc (TRI) 11-0, 11-7, 11-8
Roland Brewster (BAR) d Gyles Luke (CAY) 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 5-11, 11-9
Tahjia Lumley (JAM) d Christian Dube 11-7, 11-4, 11-8
Dylan Muldoon (BER) d Alec Melville (GUY) 8-11, 12-10, 12-10, 12-10
Boys Under 19 – Round 1
Kion Knights (BER) d Sean Murphy (CAY) 11-8, 11-7, 11-5
Nku Patrick (TRI) d Beckett Simmons (BER) 11-0, 11-7, 11-2
Jake Mahfood (JAM) d Andre Segovia (OECS) 11-1, 11-4, 11-6
David Mullings (JAM) d Brandon Straker ()BAR11-5, 6-1 Straker retired injured
Stewart St John (BAR) d Nazhir Smith (BER) 11-9, 11-8, 11-4
Daniel Murphy (CAY) d Christian Edghill (TRI) 7-11, 7-11, 15-13, 12-10, 13-11