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Cayman takes silver in squash championships

Sports 31 Aug, 2023 Follow News

Cayman’s women’s team

Cayman’s men’s team took silver

Cayman’s Cameron Stafford helped the men’s team achieve silver and doubles gold Photo credit Kali Maclean

Cayman’s Emma Turnbull in action Photo credit Kali Maclean

The Cayman players did their country proud

The Cayman Islands saw some incredible squash played last week as the Senior Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Championships took place from 20th to 26th August at the South Sound Squash Club. The entire event was hosted by the Cayman Islands National Squash Association (CINSA).

The Cayman Islands players took home a slew of medals with the Cayman team taking silver overall to the mighty Guyana team’s gold, the men’s team taking silver and women’s taking bronze. Cayman’s men’s doubles team took gold, Cayman’s women’s doubles team took silver and Cayman’s women’s over 60s Marian Goodall took gold. In all, there were eight countries taking part: Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad. Players took part in Individual and Team events.

The men’s number one seed Khamal Cumberbatch from Barbados beat Cayman’s Cameron Stafford (number two seed) in a thrilling men’s final 11-6, 3-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, while Barbados’ Margot Prow seeded number three defeated top seed Guayana’s Nicolette Fernandes in another hard-fought match 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7.

Cayman’s men’s doubles team of Cameron Stafford and Julian Jervis defeated Shawn Simpson and Khamal Cumberbatch of Barbados to take the top spot while Cayman’s doubles team of Marlene West and Jade Pitcairn lost to Ashley Khalil and Ashley de Groot of Guyana to take the silver medal. 

Myron Blair, Keith Huggins and Nick Buckley played for Cayman’s men’s vets team while Marlene West, Jayne Criag and Marian Goodall played for Cayman’s women’s vets, with Marian attaining a well-earned gold medal.

Jade Pitcairn, Emma Turnbull, Michaela Rensburg, Courtney Stafford and Kali Maclean played on the women’s team, with Emma Turnbull’s heroic defeat of Barbados’ Sumairaa Suleman 11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 a particular nail-biter. Cameron Stafford, Julian Jervis, Jake Kelly, Alex Frazer and Jace Jervis played for the men’s team. Both teams put up excellent, spirited play and made their country proud with their high-placed final medals.

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