Mon | Dec 11, 2017

Ja to contest 'B' draw at World Team Squash

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Members of the senior national squash team representing Jamaica at the Men’s World Team Squash Championships currently underway in Marseille, France. From left: Chris Binnie, Dane Schwier, Lewis Walters and Bruce Burrowes.

Jamaica's team finished third in its group after losing 3-0 to Scotland as the round robin segment of the Men's World Team Squash Championships wrapped up yesterday in Marseille, France.

Reigning All Jamaica and Caribbean Champion Chris Binnie went down 11-7, 11-1, 11-6 to world number 24, Alan Clyne. The fate of the team then rested with Jamaica's number two player, Lewis Walters, but he lost 11-9, 12-10, 11-6 in a blistering battle with world number 40, Greg Loban.

Bruce Burrowes then faced the pressure to stave off Kevin Moran, but the Scotsman got the better of the Jamaican and prevailed 11-4, 11-8, 11-5.

The third-place finish means Jamaica will miss out on the knockout round of the competition which will feature the top 16 teams. However, there is still a lot to play for as the team will now contest the 'B' draw, which means another three days of stiff competition to settle places 17 to 24.

"The tournament is far from over for us because we still have to play the rounds of the 'B' draw, which is no easy task when you consider we're up against teams that are among the world's top 24," the team's manager, Douglas Beckford. explained.

"So while we are obviously disappointed that we didn't make the top 16, we know we still have a lot of work to do, so we're not losing focus," he added.

The Jamaican team will be back in action tomorrow when the first round of B draw matches will be played. The Championships will run until December 3.