Cayman hand Jamaica’s women second defeat at Squash Champs
Jamaica's Savannah Thomson (left) plays a shot against Cayman Islands' Emma Turnbull at the Senior Caribbean Squash Championships at Liguanea Club in New Kingston. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Despite the national senior squash team suffering their second defeat in the Women’s Team Event, Jamaica’s Mia Todd is still holding onto slim hopes of the side taking top honours at the 37th staging of the Senior Caribbean Squash Championships, sponsored by WATA.

At publication time, the Jamaican Team were trailing the Cayman Islands 0-3 in the five-team contest, their second defeat in as many matches in the championships at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston on Thursday.

Savannah Thomson, who was up first for the Jamaican, lost 12-10; 11-6; 4-11; 9-11; 6-1 to Cayman Islands’ Emma Turnbull, before Melissa Lue Yen went down 9-11; 6-11; 2-11 to Michaela Rensburg in the second game.

TODD... there are definitely areas I could improve on.

Todd went down 8-11; 4-11; 5-11 to Jade Pitcairn from the Cayman Islands. The Jamaica Team is completed by Nathlee Boreland and Sanjana Nallipati.

"I felt that there are definitely areas that I could improve on. My opponent, she is a really good player and I tried by best for my team. It is a tough loss. Well, it is not over yet as we still have two more matches left.

“We did lose overall; its just that we fell behind the furthest to Cayman and I felt that we could have done better; we definitely had a chance. Our team is very young but we did pretty well and I am proud of the team,” Todd told the Jamaica Observer.

Earlier in the day, Guyana Women's Team made it two wins in a row after defeating Barbados Women's Team 5-1.

Guyana's top player, Ashley Khalil, was most impressive as she defeated Barbados' Jodi Smith-Padmore 11-3; 11-2; 11-0 in just 14 minutes on the court.

In the veterans contest, the Cayman Islands Team of Keith Higgins, Lori-Ann Foley, Jodi Jervis, Marlene West, and Nick Buckley defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3-2.

The match between Jamaica and Bermuda was not played. Jamaica with two wins from as many matches lead the five-team standing on two points.

Over in the Men’s Team events, the Jamaican Team were locked 1-1 with Cayman Islands. Barbados defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3-2.

Friday's games

Men's Team

Guyana vs Barbados at 11:01 am at court 4

Cayman Islands vs Trinidad and Tobago at 11:1 am at court 5

Jamaica vs Barbados at 6:01 pm at court 4

RUDDY ALLEN , Observer staff reporter

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