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Binnie wins seventh Caribbean squash title

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Binnie

Jamaica's top-ranked squash player Chris Binnie, pulled out all the stops to beat his compatriot, Lewis Walters, and continue his winning streak with a record seventh men's singles title at the Caribbean Area Squash Association's Senior Championships in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday night.

In a bruising five-game battle, the teammates slugged it out for more than one and a half hours, which kept spectators on the edge of their seats to the very end. The defending champion drew first blood when he won the epic opening game 12/10. However, Walters roared back to take the second game 11/7 and the fight was on.

Binnie stepped things up and won the third game 11/4, but Walters responded immediately by taking the fourth 11/9. With the title and his historic winning streak on the line, Binnie regained form to win the final game 11/7 and retain the championship.

The victory continues Binnie's dominance over the regional game as the Jamaican, who was playing in his eighth consecutive final, won his sixth consecutive title and increased his career tally to seven overall.

TOUGH FIGHT

Reflecting on the victory, the decorated champion said, "It was a tough fight this year because Lewis played very well, and it's always hard to play your teammate, but I'm happy to still be the Caribbean champion."

President of the Jamaica Squash Association Chris Hind, said, "With two Jamaicans in the final, we knew a good man would win and we're thrilled at how Chris continues to make history in Caribbean squash, and we're also very proud of Lewis who put up a hard fight."

The players will now shift their focus to the team competition, where Jamaica's men are the defending champions. The competition started yesterday.