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Eagles end Knights’ quest for three-peat in KPMG Squash League

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM

KINGSTON:

Two-time defending champions, the UTech Knights, had their drive for a three-peat derailed when they were knocked out of the 2015 KPMG Squash League in the quarter-finals by Screaming Eagles.

The Knights got off to a winning start when Ashante Smith defeated Stuart Murray 21-17, 14-21, 21-17, 21-15.

However, the Eagles' Shane Murray stormed back to beat Yasser Wright 21-11, 9-21, 21-19, 21-16 and evened the contest.

The fate of the Knights retaining their crown then rested in the hands of Otarto Carroll, who was up against Rajeev Venugopal. But a third straight championship was not on the cards for the Knights, as Carroll was beaten 21-11, 21-16, 11-21, 21-17.

The Screaming Eagles now go on to face the Milex Eagles in this evening's semi-finals at Liguanea Club, New Kingston.

Fireworks are expected in the battle of the birds, with the Milex Eagles seeking to regain the league title they won in 2012, while the Screaming Eagles are looking to lay hold to the trophy for the first time.

Gunning for finals

Another exciting semi-final showdown is anticipated when the UTech Saints take on the Mande Villains, as both teams will be going all out to reach the League finals for the first time.

"Both semi-finals promise to be gripping because the handicap structure of tournament means that all four teams have a very strong chance, so it's a little too close to call," said assistant tournament director, Nathlee Boreland.

"Some teams have standout players, but no team has an extensive advantage overall, so everyone will have to go for broke," she added.