Young Caribbean squash star, Megan Best (2nd left) poses with (from left) Special Advisor to the Minister of Sport, Allie McNab, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Christopher Samuda and President of the Jamaica Squash Association, Chris Hind at the official opening ceremony of the 2018 JN General Insurance Caribbean Area Squash Association’s Junior Championships on Tuesday night at the Liguanea Club.
Jamaican Jonathan Walker lost to the number one seed, Josiah Griffith of Barbados, in the Boys' Under 19 final of the 2018 JN General Insurance Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships on Tuesday night at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.
In spite of a determined effort, Walker was outlasted by his nemesis, Griffiths who played excellent technical squash at a high tempo to wear the Jamaican down and won the title in three sets - 11-7, 11-8, 11-3.
In the Girls' Under 17 competition, regional star, Meagan Best of Barbados beat Jade Pitcairn of the Cayman Islands 11-0, 11-4, 11-6. Best, who is also the reigning Caribbean women’s champion, won her sixth consecutive junior title.
Barbadian hot shot, Khamal Cumberbatch schooled Taylor Carrick of Bermuda, beating him 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 to win the Boys' Under 17 title.
In the Girls' Under 19 competition, top seed Amanda Haywood of Barbados got the better of second seed Alexandria Yearwood of Trinidad and Tobago; beating her arch rival 11-5, 11-7, 11-3.
The competitors will now move on to the team competition, which serves off on Wednesday and will run until Saturday.
Players from seven countries; Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Jamaica will compete for the boys and girls' team titles.
Rising regional power, Barbados is tipped to have the edge in the competition but former perennial champions, Guyana will be seeking to reclaim the top spot after losing to Barbados last year.
Jamaica will be hoping to crash the party, no doubt boosted by wins from Lukas and Savannah Thomson who took the Boys and Girls' Under 11 and Under 13 titles, respectively, on Tuesday.