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Gallant Jamaica beaten by United States in KMPG Squash

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:01 AM
President of the Jamaica Squash Association Chris Hind (centre) poses with professional squash players (from left) Jamaicans Chris Binnie and Lewis Walters and Americans Chris Hanson and Chris Gordon, who competed in the KPMG International Squash Series which was played at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston on December 8 and 9. The US beat Jamaica 3-1 to win the competition.

Caribbean squash champion Chris Binnie says the KPMG Squash Series which ended at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston on Friday night has helped to increase the popularity of the sport locally.

Binnie went down to American Chris Gordon 11-9, 15-13, 11-4 as Jamaica lost the series to the US 3-1 on the final night.

Binnie says he is pleased with the standard of squash that was on display in the competition.

“I think everyone enjoyed the match and it was good to have this high level of squash in Jamaica so people can experience the excitement of the game and the sport can continue to grow,” he says.

HARD THREE GAMES

Gordon said Binnie forced him to put on a good performance.

“I was super happy with how I played,” he said. “Binnie has been playing exceptionally well lately, so it was a hard three games and it just so happened that I won.”

Lewis Walters was the other Jamaican in action, but he went down 11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 to the other American, Chris Hanson.

The series was even at 1-1 following the first night of action on Thursday. The US drew first blood when Walters barely lost an epic duel with Chris Gordon. In a battle that kept spectators on the edge of their seats, Gordon prevailed 711, 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 14-12.

However, Jamaican and Caribbean champ Chris Binnie shook off a first-game loss to beat Chris Hanson 7-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-8 to bring Jamaica back into contention.

Tarun Handa, managing partner of title sponsors KPMG said his company was pleased to have played a pivotal role in bringing professional squash to Jamaica for the first time in over 10 years.

“KPMG is a big supporter of squash in Jamaica and we were proud to align our brand with an event that allowed local fans and, especially, our upand-coming junior players to see what it looks like when experienced, professional players go head to head on the court.”