After struggling throughout the tournament, Colin Ramasra showed his class when it mattered most to lead hosts Trinidad and Tobago to only their second ever men’s team title when the CASA (Caribbean Area Squash Association) Championship ended yesterday at Cascadia Squash Club, St Ann’s.
With the Guyana v T&T title fixture deadlocked at 2-2, the six-time national champion, who had lost his three matches in the competition after being upset by compatriot Josh Pinard in the “round of 16” in “individuals, stepped up and crushed Alex Arjoon 11-4, 11-4, 11-3.
Ramasra also played a vital role when T&T won their only other title in the tournament—which was inaugurated in 1977.
Kale Wilson and Ryan Abraham were on that team and they were also there yesterday. Abraham, the No. 3 player on the team, lost the second match (10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 11-8) to Julian Chin, after national under-17 champ Mandela Patrick had given T&T a flying start by brushing aside Deja Diaz 11-5, 11-4, 11-5.
With the score tied at 1-1, three-time national champ Pinard, playing in this tournament for the first time in four years, allowed a two-set to love lead to slip and lost a heart-breaking battle of the No. 1 players 6-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 12-10 to Richard Chin.
The 42-year-old Guyanese, the 2010 Caribbean singles champ and last year’s runner-up, had beaten the 23-year-old Pinard in straight sets in the playoff for fifth on Tuesday.
Wilson, the 2010 Caribbean under-19 champ, then levelled the scores by edging Jason Callender 9-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-1, 11-9 and Ramasra did the rest in the clash of the No. 2 players.
The veterans’ competition was a straight-round robin, but it came down to a virtual final as both Barbados and T&T had beaten Guyana, Jamaica and the OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) going into their clash yesterday.
After being deadlocked at 1-1, over-40 players Julian Henry and Ingrid Lloyd were both beaten in straight sets to give defending champions Barbados an unassailable 3-1 lead.
John Holley then made the final score look respectable when he won the over-50 match in five sets. Sonia Carrington, the female over-50 player, had lost the opening match in five, but Richard Hart had cruised home in straight sets in the over-60 encounter. Barbados also retained their women’s crown by beating Guyana 4-1.