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Jamaica’s men seal CASA team title

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 8:00 AM
Jamaica'’s senior men's national squash team pose as they celebrate winning the 2015 Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Championship. They are (from left) Ashante Smith, Bruce Burrowes, Lewis Walters, Julian Morrison and Chris Binnie.

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands:

Jamaica's men's team trounced Trinidad and Tobago 4-1 to win the team competition for the first time in a decade as the 2015 Caribbean Area Squash Association's (CASA) senior championships wrapped up on Saturday night.

Fielding the strongest team in recent years, Jamaica went into the finals as the favourites and lived up their ranking.

First to play was former Caribbean junior champion Ashante Smith, who went the distance to hold off Josh Pinard 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 and put Jamaica ahead.

All-Jamaica runner-up Lewis Walters followed to wear down Nku Patrick 7-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-3 and build on the lead.

Facing elimination, the Trinidadians put up their number-one player Kale Wilson. But Jamaica fielded six-time national and Caribbean champion, Chris Binnie, and that was the end of the matter. Binnie spanked Wilson 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 and Jamaica had the regional team title for the first time since 2005.

Although the overall result was decided, the teams played out the full five games and Bruce Burrowes lost to Don Lee, 7-11, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, which allowed Trinidad to score at least one point.

However, rising star Julian Morrison beat Trinidadian hotshot, Mandela Patrick, 13-15, 11-3, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, in a brutal showdown to end the tournament on the right note for Jamaica.

"Everything went according to plan in the men's team competition," said senior national team manager Douglas Beckford. "We came in with the strongest team and the players delivered."

Meanwhile, Chris Hind, CEO of JN General Insurance, the team's major sponsor, weighed in on the victory.

He said: "With Chris Binnie winning the men's championship for the sixth time and the Jamaican men taking the team title, we couldn't be more pleased with how the team performed at this year's Caribbean Championships."

Both the Jamaican women and the veterans teams finished sixth in their respective competitions. Jamaica finished fourth overall at the tournament.