The first tournament on the Barbados Squash Rackets Association?s calendar for 2006, the Inter-Club Squash League served off over the weekend with four ties played on Match Day 1 at three different squash venues.
(click on the following link to see the BSRA’s 2006 tournament calendar and the complete ICL fixtures list)
At the Barbados Defense Force the 2003 and 2005 champions, Battalion A, shot down their compatriots Battalion B by three matches to two. In winners row for the Battalion A were: #1 Marlon White, who defeated fellow national team member John Cumberbatch 3-1; #2 Don Benn who prevailed over Philip Lewis 3-0, and #5 David Goodman who defeated Val Fergusson by a similar score line. The Battalion B?s pair of victories came at the hands of two young brothers. First the left handed Nkosi Ross defeated the Battalion A?s #3 player Norman Rice in impressive fashion by coming back from being 1-2 down to win by three games to two and then at #4 younger brother Liu Ross defeated Ambrose Deane by three games to one.
Final points after this tie were Battalion A: 15 points, Battalion B: 6 points.
At Pleasant Place, the #1 player in Barbados for the last six years, Gavin Cumberbatch, sealed an impressive 4-1 victory for his Strikers team when he dispatched the Strugglers #1 player, the two time national squash champion, Shawn Simpson, in three tough games: 9/6 9/7 9/7. Also winning for the Strikers were: #2 Andre Donawa who defeated Tim O?Neal 3-0, the Barbados and Caribbean under-15 champion Cheri-Ann Parris who at #3 defeated Orson Simpson 3-1 and #5 Julian Welch who defeated Cilla Seale by a similar 3-1 margin. In the #4 position, the Strugglers? Sylvester Nurse defeated Michael Best 3-1 to clinch a consolation victory for his team.
Final points after this tie were:
Pleasant Place Strikers: 16 points, Strugglers: 5 points.
At the Barbados Squash Club courts two ties were played. On court #1 the Squash Club Bouncers ran roughshod over the Boasters, who were without their talisman, the former 8-time national squash champion, Mark Sealy. At #1 the 2003 national champion, Andy Gill, dispatched Sealy’s replacement, the youthful Alex Garcia in straight games, and Gill?s teammates bounced past their respective opponents with only a few alarms. At #3 David Foster came back from a two game deficit to defeat David Spink 3-2, at #4 David Lewis cruised to an impressive 3-0 win over Jasper Seymour, while at #5 Liz Johnson fought back from 1-2 down to defeat Frank Jordan 3-2. The Bouncers sole reverse came at #2 where Roger Martin lost to the wily Jason Small in three hard fought games.
On court #2 the Blasters, led by the five-time national ladies champion, Karen Meakins, were made to fight hard by the Bombers but eventually prevailed by three matches to two. Victorious for the Blasters were Karen Meakins at #1, who won 3-1 against Nigel Griffith; #2 Sonia Perkins who defeated Mickey Armstrong by default; and #4 Ashok Merai who defeated Carla Jackson 3-0. The Bombers victories were at #3 by Lilianna White who scored an impressive 3-1 triumph over Cliff Nolan and at #5 where Bombers? Nick Paddison defeated Ronald Watson 3-1.
Final points after these two ties were:
Squash Club Bouncers: 15 points, Boasters: 7 points
Squash Club Blasters: 14 points, Bombers: 6 points.
The ICL standings after matchday 1 are given in the spreadsheet below: