The Barbados boys’ and girls’ teams were both successful on the first day of team competition in the 32nd Annual Junior Caribbean Squash Championships which continued yesterday in Bermuda.
The boys team first defeated Cayman Islands in the morning by three matches to two, with individual gold medalists Khamal Cumberbatch (U-13) and Josiah Griffith (U-15) as well as Stewart St John (U-19) winning comfortably in three straight games while Benjamin Griffith (U-17) and Reggie Brewster, playing in the second U-19 slot both lost 0-3.
Team Barbados returned to the court in the afternoon and duly defeated the short-handed OECS team by four matches to one, with Khamal Cumberbatch, Josiah Griffith, Reggie Brewster and Brandon Straker all winning easily without dropping a game. Benjamin Griffith (U-17) fought bravely but went down 0-3 to the runner-up in the individual competition, Jason Doyle. The boys’ team now face the undefeated Jamaican team today to determine who tops Pool B and faces the runner-up in Pool A tomorrow.
The Barbadian girls only had one tie yesterday but even though they were playing with only four players against Cayman were able to prevail by three matches to two, Caribbean championships Meagan Best (U-13) and Amanda Haywood (U-15) as well as Gylla Mackenzie (U-19) all won easily for Barbados in straight games, while Alyssa White lost her U-17 encounter to Alex Artuch 11-7, 4-11, 7-11, 3-11. The girls team were slated to face the short-handed OECS team and then Jamaica this evening to determine the final standings in this phase of the team event.
Boys Pool A
Guyana def. Bermuda 3-2
Trinidad and Tobago def.
Boys Pool B
Jamaica def. OECS 3-2
Jamaica def. Cayman 3-2
Barbados def. Cayman 3-2 (Barbadian players mentioned first)
U13 – Khamal Cumberbatch def. David Pitcairn 11-9, 11-5, 11-3
U15 – Josiah Griffith def. Isaiah Robinson 11-3, 11-2, 11-5
U17 – Benjamin Griffith lost to Julian Jervis 2-11, 1-11, 8-11
U19 No.2 – Reginald Brewster lost to Sean Murphy 6-11, 12-14, 6-11
U19 No.1 – Stewart St John def. Daniel Murphy 11-4, 11-6, 12-10
Barbados def. OECS 4-1 (Barbadian players mentioned first)
U13- Khamal Cumberbatch def. Kai Bentick 11-7, 11-8, 13-11
U15 – Josiah Griffith won by walkover
U17 – Benjamin Griffith lost to Jason Doyle 9-11, 3-11, 4-11
U19 No.2 – Reginald Brewster won by walkover
U19 No.1 – Brandon Straker def. Andre Segovia 11-2, 11-5, 11-6
Girls Pool A
Guyana def Bermuda 4-1
Girls Pool B
Jamaica def. OECS 5-0
Barbados def Cayman 3-2 (Barbadian players mentioned first)
U13 – Meagan Best def Jade Pitcairn 11-0, 11-1, 11-1
U15 – Amanda Haywood def Emma Turnbull 11-1, 11-1, 11-1
U17 – Alyssa White lost to Alex Artuch 11-7, 4-11, 7-11, 3-11
U19 No.2 – Barbados lost by walkover to Kali Maclean
U19 No.1 – Gylla Mackenzie def Mischa Kluyver 11-1, 11-2, 11-2