The Jamaican Men's Team finished second after losing 2-3 to Guyana in the finals of the team competition of the 2017 Caribbean Area Squash Association's (CASA) Senior Championships which wrapped up over the weekend in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Things got off to a challenging start for Jamaica when National Under-19 champion Tahjia Lumley lost 9-11, 2-11, 8-11 to Jason Ray Khalil and then Jonathan Walker was beaten 6-11, 4-11, 6-11 by former regional junior champion Nyron Joseph.
With the team facing elimination, it was up to eight-time Caribbean men's champion Chris Binnie to sort the situation out. Binnie trounced long-time rival and fellow professional player Sunil Seth 11-7, 11-1, 11-6 and pulled Jamaica back into contention.
Following that, experienced campaigner Bruce Burrowes took care of business and beat Alex Arjoon 11-7, 11-7, 3-11, 11-1 to even up the score.
However, Guyana then fielded former Caribbean champion Richard Chin, and while Julian Morrison put up a good fight, the former prevailed 11-9, 12-10, 11-6 and Guyana won the title.
The second-place finish puts Jamaica in a good position to qualify for the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, which are scheduled for August 3-19 in Barranquilla, Colombia. It also capped off a solid showing for Jamaica on the regional squash stage, as earlier in the week Binnie, the seven-time All Jamaica champion, won his eighth regional title.
“On a whole we have had a great week of squash with our men's team placing second and Chris winning the men's competition for the eighth time,” said Chris Hind, president of the Jamaica Squash Association.