Both the Barbados girls and boys’ teams made excellent starts Tuesday in their respective round-robin ties, on the first day of the team competition in the 34th annual Caribbean Junior Squash Championships being held in the Cayman Islands.
The Barbados girls’ team took to the court against Bermuda at 2 p.m. and completely dominated their opponents by winning 5-0 in their matches. In the girls’ Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 age groups, the Barbadians won easily by 3-0 margins with a trio of reigning Caribbean champions. Sumairaa Suleman (U-13) defeated Ariana Lowther 11-1, 11-3, 11-1, Meagan Best (U-15) beat Abigail Brewer 11-1, 11-0, 11-2 and Amanda Haywood (U-17) overcame Charlotte Toogood 11-5, 11-0, 11-3.
The really impressive performances came in the Under-19 No.1 and No. 2 spots where 13-year- old Chelsie Samuel defeated Tiye William 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 and then 14-year-old Jada Smith-Padmore defeated Madelaine Rose 11-2, 11-2, 11-7 to complete the rout, to the delight of the Barbadian parents and supporters in the crowd. In the girl’s team competition this year Barbados are in a single pool of six countries and were scheduled to play Jamaica today.
In the boy’s competition Barbados are in Pool B with Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda and the OECS, while the top seed and defending champions, Guyana, are in Pool A with Jamaica and hosts Cayman Islands. Barbados played well and vanquished the OECS by a 4-1 margin. Under–13 Darien Benn defeated Luca Reich 11-4, 11-8, 11-5. Khamal Cumberbatch (U-15) defeated Kai Bentick 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 and the left-handed Reggie Brewster, (U-17) overcame Mikal Quashie 11-2, 11-5, 11-5.
Boy’s team captain Benjamin Griffith lost in five close, hard-fought games in the U-19 No.1 slot to the silver medallist this year, Jason Doyle, 1-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7, 3-11 and in the U-19 No. 2 slot Zachary Proverbs-Harris won by default as the OECS boys team only has four players.
The defending champions and top seeded Barbadian girls were slated to play this evening against Jamaica while earlier today the No. 2 seeded boys team took on Trinidad and Tobago in pool play, defeating them 5-0. There are 111 players from seven different Caribbean countries competing in this year’s Junior Caribbean Squash Championships.