West and Stafford win Caribbean mixed-doubles title

Stafford (left) and West (right) with Trinidad and Tobago’s Chase McQuan and Charlotte Knaggs after the final.

For the second time this summer, Marlene West and Cameron Stafford, were crowned mixed doubles champions at an overseas tournament, as they stood top of the field at the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) 2019 Championships in Guyana.

The Cayman Islands pair defeated Trinidad and Tobago’s Charlotte Knaggs and Chase McQuan 2-0 (11-1, 11-5) on 20 August to be crowned Caribbean champions. This followed up on their gold medal winning performance at the XVIII NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar in July.

Meantime in Men’s Singles, Stafford, the number 2 seed, had to settle for the runner-up position to Jamaica’s Chris Binnie, who won his ninth Caribbean title with an 11-8, 11-2, 11-5 triumph in the final.

Stafford beat Guyana’s Richard Chin 3-0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-5) in the semi-finals and Khamal Cumberbatch of Barbados 3-1 (12-10, 5-11, 11-3, 11-8) in the quarterfinals.

Jake Kelly lost in the Round of 16 to Jamaica’s Bruce Burrows (11-5, 11-6, 11-8) after beating St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Mikal Quashie (11-9, 11-4, 11-7) in the opening round.

In women’s singles, Eilidh Bridgeman lost her semi-final to eventual runner up, Barbadian Megan Best 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-4). Best lost to Guyanese Nicolette Fernandes in the final. Bridgeman beat Bermuda’s Suzanne Rose and Guyana’s Ashley DeGroot on her way to the quarters. Cayman’s Emma Turnbull was beaten by DeGroot in the opening round.

After beating Bermuda’s Nicole Toppin in the opening round, Laura Connolly lost to Guyana’s Mary Fung-A-Fat in the Round of 16.

The men’s doubles pair of Julian Jervis and Jake Kelly made it to the semi-finals before falling 2-0 (11-10, 11-5) to Khristian Jefferey and Jason-Ray Khalil of Guyana. In the women’s doubles draw, Bridgeman and Pitcairn lost a tough battle against the Barbadian duo of Best and Amanda Haywood. The Cayman team won the first 11-10, before dropping the next two 11-9, 11-6 to their opponents, who would go on to win the tournament.  

The team competition gets going on Wednesday 21 August.

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