Exciting play defines opening night of BCQS Masters Squash tourney
The BCQS Guyana Masters Squash Tournament served off on Thursday evening at the Georgetown Club, Camp Street, with Errol Pilgrim of Barbados and Dougles Beckford of Jamaica playing a closely-fought five-setter.
The two Over-65 players treated spectators to a real treat of experienced play. Both athletes settled in comfortably, but Pilgrim moved out ahead to earn the first game win 11-5.
Beckford came back out determined and despite Pilgrim starting strong again, Beckford worked the court to even up at 10-10 before pushing for the 12-10 win.
The third game played out the same as Beckford again took the win 12-10, before a close fourth that could have gone either way saw Pilgrim come out on top. The fifth and deciding game saw some fantastic shots, but Pilgrim prevailed to triumph 11-7.
In the lone Women’s match of the night, a strong Lydia Fraser of Guyana defeated compatriot Tian Edwards in three straight sets. Former national junior squad member Fraser moved easily around the court and dominated the games for a solid 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 win.
The final game of the night was also entertaining with Marlon White of Barbados taking on David Fernandes of Guyana in a spirited match. A strong Fernandes showed glimpses of brilliance with well-placed shots and timely drops to take the first game, much to the delight of the crowd.
White came back fighting and fitness prevailed as he stayed ahead for a 3-1 victory, finishing 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7. Both men showed great sportsmanship and humour throughout the match which is at the heart of these Masters’ competitions.
Play continues on Friday from 17:00h and on finishes on Saturday with two sessions, commencing 11:00h and 16:00h.
Errol Pilgrim defeated Douglas Beckford 11/5, 10/12, 10/12, 11/9, 11/7
Orson Simpson defeated Tony Farnum 11/6, 9/11, 11/3, 11/5
Narendra Singh defeated Wayne Alphonso 11/5, 11/3, 11/9
Sanjay Amin defeated Lloyd Fung A Fat 4/11, 12/10, 11/6, 11/7
Joe Mekdeci defeated Duane Burke 11/4, 11/2, 11/6
Mark Sealy defeated Diego Perdomo 11/3, 11/5, 12/10
Marlon White defeated David Fernandes 9/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/7
Tony Mackenzie deeated Robert Natiello 11/4, 11/3, 11/5
Regan Pollard defeated Gregory Biddle 11/1, 11/1, 11/0
Lydia Fraser defeated Tian Edwards 11/2, 11/5, 11/5