Defending champions and runners up knocked out of KPMG squash league
Members of the Adams Family who beat the Screaming Eagles in the quarter finals of the 2019 KPMG Squash League at the Liguanea Club on Tuesday, March 12. (From left) are Adam Lee, Robert Roper, Allan Roper and Adam Hugh.
Defending Champions, the Cereal Killers and last year’s runners up, the Saints were both knocked out of the 2019 KPMG Squash League in the quarterfinals, which were held at the Liguanea Club in Kingston on Tuesday.
New entrants, the Power Bolts toppled the 2018 winners to continue their swift charge towards the championship. Reigning All Jamaica Under 13 boy' champion, Aman Dhiman put the Power Bolts ahead when he fought off the determined Noah Ho-Tai 21/16, 21/20, 14/21, 21/19.
Then junior national team player, Mia Todd defeated Karan Chatani 21/15, 21/13, 21/20 to take the Power Bolts to the semifinals. All Jamaica Under 15 boys' champion, Tobias Levy put the Cereal Killers on the scoreboard by beating All Jamaica and Caribbean Under 13 girls' champion, Savannah Thomson 21/10, 21/11, 21/13 but it was not enough to stave off elimination.
The Saints met with a similar fate at the hands of another new entrant, Tech A Chance. The contest started out in the Saints favour when Mario O'Connor beat Bion Bembridge 21/17, 21/18, 21/17. However, junior player, Rhys Greenland blanked veteran Nathlee Boreland 21/13, 21/11, 21/10 to pull Tech A Chance back into contention and shift the momentum. The decider was a pitched battle between Derrian Barrant and Stewart Maxwell with Barrant prevailing 18/21, 21/9, 21/18, 15/21, 21/18 to take Tech A Chance into the semis.
In contrast, three-time winners the Milex Eagles remained on course to retake the title after defeating Three Plus 1. Former junior national champion, Tahjia Lumley went the distance to beat Andrew Shim 21/19, 20/21, 21/18, 16/21, 23/20 which put the Eagles ahead.
After that, reigning All Jamaica ladies' champion, Akelia Wiltshire neutralized experienced campaigner Patrick Chin 21/16, 14/21, 21/15, 21/14 to seal the deal. Stephen Dear pulled one back for the Three Plus 1 when he wore down Shane Slater 21/3, 21/14, 20/21, 17/21, 21/14; but the victory came too late to affect the overall result.
Another long-time contender, the Screaming Eagles also fell prey to debutants as they were eliminated by the Adams Family. Robert Roper trounced Stuart Murray 21/9, 21/12, 21/9 and then Adam Lee held off Rajeev Venugopal 21/7, 21/5, 13/20, 21/19. Although Shane Murray then managed to beat Adam Hugh 10/21, 21/17, 22/23, 21/17, 21/12, the Adams family was already safely into the semis.
Tournament Director, Nathlee Boreland said, “the quarter-finals brought two major upsets with both teams that were finalists last year getting knocked out of the competition, but that’s the exciting thing about a handicap tournament, not even the best players can take anything for granted.”
The semifinals are set for Tuesday, March 26 at the Liguanea Club. The Milex Eagles will be up against the Adams Family, while Tech A Chance will face off with the Power Bolts.