Jamaica lose to T&T in CAREBACO opener
TRINIDAD & Tobago created a mild upset, beating Jamaica 3-2 in the opening of the Seniors Team Event in the 2014 staging of the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology (UTech) Papine campus on Thursday evening.
The Jamaicans, who are favourites to win the Championships, got off to a terrible start in the women's singles when Ruth Williams lost 15-21 and 16-21 to T&T's Nekeisha Blake to give the Trinidadians a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five games.
There was also little luck for Jamari Rose, who replaced the injured Gareth Henry, as he also went down 15-21 and 19-21 to Kerwyn Pantin in the men's singles, as T&T took a comfortable 2-0 lead heading into the crucial third set.
Needing to win the third game to stay in contention, the pair of veterans Christine Leyow-Mayne and Terry Walker did not disappoint as they whipped the pair of Avril Plaza and Jade Joseph 21-4 and 21-10 in the women's doubles and restored hope for the Jamaicans.
With the game at 2-1 in favour of T&T, the Jamaicans were now hoping for a 2-2 tie, but the pair of Anthony McNee and Garron Palmer were left stunned as they went down 15-21, 21-14 and 18-21 to T&T's men's doubles pair of Kerwyn Pantin and Keston as T&T took an unassailable lead of 3-1.
It was then left again to the veteran Leyow-Mayne to bring some pride back to the Jamaicans as she teamed up with the inconsistent Rose in the mixed doubles, and she single handed beat the pair of Alistar Espinosa and Nekeisha Blake 21-12 and 21-14.
Final score: T&T 3; Jamaica 2.
Meanwhile in the Junior team event, T&T defeated Barbados 3-2. The match started with Kristie Reno-Singh of T&T beating Amanda Haywood of Barbados 21-16, 19-21 and 21-13 in the girls' singles.
T&T then took a 2-0 lead when Will Lee easily defeated Barbados' Sadeel Foster 21-15 and 21-14 in the boy's singles.
Barbados then pulled one back through the pair of Naim Mohammed and Sheraz as they made light work of their opponents, beating the pair of Sabbeel Foster and Cory Fanus 21-14 and 21-19 in the boys' doubles.
In the girls' doubles, the pair of Amanda Haywood and Onika Moe defeated T&T's pair of Kristie Reno-Singh and Jada Renales 17-21, 21-18 and 21-15 to level the score at 2-2 to set up the deciding final fifth game.
The mixed doubles pair of Will Lee and Jada Renales then sealed the deal for T&T as they got the better of D'Andre Thorpe and Onika Moe 21-19 and 26-24 in a hard-fought game that came down to the wire.
Final score: T&T 3; Barbados 2.
The Jamaica junior team was scheduled to play their first game against Barbados yesterday at 10:00 am and then tackle T&T at 6:00 pm, while the seniors take on Barbados at 6:00 pm.
The Jamaican senior team must beat Barbados to have a chance to get to the super final tomorrow night.