Binnie cops record-breaking 6th Caribbean Squash titleThursday, August 20, 2015
SOUTH Sound, Cayman — It was mission accomplished for All Jamaican champion Chris Binnie, who won an unprecedented fifth consecutive regional title and extended his career total to a record-breaking sixth at the Caribbean Area Squash Association's (CASA) Senior Championships in Cayman, Tuesday night.
The defending champion dug deep to fight off Caymanian Cameron Stafford, who went all out to take Binnie's regional crown. No doubt buoyed by a boisterous home crowd, Stafford answered Binnie point for point until the score stood at two games all and the match went to a fifth-game decider.
However, with the title on the line, Binnie moved to another level, taking the fifth game decisively to beat his regional rival 11/7, 7/11, 11/6, 8/11, 11/3. With the victory, Binnie broke the tournament records he set last year, as he continues to rewrite the history of Caribbean squash.
Reflecting on the win, Binnie said, "It was a tough final because Cameron can hit several outright winners in a game. In the end my strategy was to keep the ball out of his hitting zone, and I'm relieved that I managed to win."
In commenting on his record-breaking career tallies, the Caribbean champion said, "When I won my first regional title in 2009, I never dreamed I would have six overall, much less win this tournament five times in a row, but now that I've done it, I just want to keep building on that success, and we'll see how far I go."
Binnie's victory was the highlight of a solid performance by the Jamaican team as the number two seed Lewis Walters took third place, and rising star Julian Morrison finished sixth.
The players now shift focus to the team segment of the tournament, where the Jamaican men are strong favourites to win the title.
Team manager Douglas Beckford said, "We are thrilled that Chris has retained his title and that we had a strong showing from Lewis and Julian. And now it's on to the team competition. This is our strongest squad in recent years and we should be able to finish on top. Once again, we have to thank our supporters and our main sponsors, JN General Insurance."
The team competition got under way yesterday with the Jamaican men taking on regional kingpins Guyana, and the women going up against Trinidad and Tobago.