Guyana defeated Jamaica in a closely contested final to win the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association’s Senior Championships wrapped up over the weekend.
In a showdown that lived up to expectation, Guyana edged Jamaica 3-2 to take home the coveted title.
Guyana drew first blood when Kristian Jeffrey beat former All-Jamaica Champion Dane Schwier 1-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-13, 6-11 to start the slugfest.
However, Guyana’s boy wonder Shomari Wiltshire lost to former Jamaica and Caribbean Junior Champion, Julian Morrison 11-8, 2-11, 4-11-4, 5-1 as Jamaica levelled the score.
Jamaican juggernaut and nine-time Caribbean Champion, Chris Binnie put Jamaica ahead 2-1 when he beat the former regional champion, Richard Chin 11-7, 11-4, 11-8.
However, Jason Roy Khalil prevented Bruce Burrowes from capitalizing on the lead when he won 9-11 11-4, 3-11, 11-3, and 11-1.
With the scores tied at 2-2, it came down to the match between Nyron Joseph and former All-Jamaica Junior Champion Tahjia Lumley.
Joseph settled the matter when he stopped the Jamaican 6-11, 11-2, 12-14, 11-9, 11-4.
Meanwhile, Jamaica’s senior team manager, Douglas Beckford, won bronze in the over 60 category, while Lumley and Morrison placed third in the men’s doubles competition.
“While we obviously would have wanted to take the team title there is still a lot to cheer about because we are leaving the championships with the silver medal, bronze medals in doubles and veterans and of course the gold in men’s individual competition which Chris Binnie won for the ninth time,” Beckford said.
“It’s also important to note that we have a multi-generational team so this is a great experience for our younger players who will form the vanguard in the years to come.”