Frazer found that extra edge

The Baker Tilly Corporate Squash League’s final evening last Thursday got under way with the two top teams going head to head to determine who claimed this season’s top honors.  

KPMG had a nine-point advantage going into the tie against S & M Mixed Breed.  

S & M’s young Kali Maclean cleaned up KPMG’s Gautam Ganeshan 3-0 in the D position, then Deliah Canham kept the domination going with a 3-1 victory over Jarydd Moore. This put serious pressure on KPMG’s captain Samantha Hennings playing B against Cayman junior Jasun Sairsingh.  

She handled it well and managed to squeeze an early lead for the first game 11-7. The second was a little closer right up to seven all when Hennings edged away again and secured a 2-0 lead 11-8.  

The third game proved too much for Sairsingh, and he tried his heart out but couldn’t change the tide, and Hennings took it also 11-8.  

This left Erik Fell of KPMG to seal it against another Cayman junior, Isaiah Robinson. The first game went to Fell 11-6; the second saw some great rallies, and again Fell squeezed it, 11-6.  

Robinson’s confidence was waning and he was unable to turn his game around, eventually going down 11-3 in the third.  

This win gave KPMG the title. Hennings was ecstatic. She said, “KPMG have supported and taken part in the Baker Tilly Corporate Squash League for a few years now and I am delighted that we were able to finally get our name on the golden trophy.”  

There were some other notable wins on the night, with Sea Elements coming up against Digicel Diehards and gaining enough points to leapfrog S & M Mixed Breed and claim the second spot.  

This was achieved by wins from more Cayman juniors, Marc Nelson and Charlie Riker, at D and C positions, and both taking ruthless 3-0 victories against Nick Manning and Mark Mimnagh. Digicel’s B player Jody Jervis claimed some glory with a 3-1 win over Tony Riker with some fantastic ball striking and shot making.  

Then came the match-up of the night, Digicel’s Julian Jervis against Alex Frazer of Sea Elements.  

Both recently represented Cayman at the CAC Games in Mexico and were doubles partners. On paper Jervis was the favorite after previous victories over Frazer and he also represented Cayman at No. 2 and Frazer at No. 3 in the team event. 

However, Frazer went 8-4 up in the first only for the lead to be clawed back by Jervis who claimed first blood 11-9. 

The second game began the same way, but this time Frazer didn’t make the same errors and held onto the lead closing the game out 11-6. Things were getting much more tense at this point and both players were so fired up, the fist pumping began early in this game after some tremendous rallies where both players had covered the court from corner to corner, eventually squeezing an error from each other. At 9-9 Jervis pulled off two fantastic shots to win the game 11-9.  

The fourth was tight, literally point for point, then at 6 all Frazer seemed to be putting more work into the younger Jervis and managed to out-maneuver him sufficiently to gain two well-earned points. 

He claimed the fourth game 11-8 to level things up for a fifth and final game.  

The crowd were enthralled and getting extremely vocal now, which seemed to inspire Frazer. The playing standard was superb and the court coverage was better than in the first few games. 

It really started to come down to consistency and choice of shot. Perhaps to his surprise, Frazer was slightly more effective. Once again they were at 9-9 and neither wanted to be on the wrong end of this result. 

Frazer managed to keep his cool and deliver some well-timed shots and deft touches to expose Jervis and force him deep into the corners of the court. 

This proved too much in the end and the final two points went to Frazer for a 11-9 win. It was a fantastic finish and everyone involved is extremely happy. All teams are looking forward to getting back at it in the new year. The New Baker Tilly corporate squash league begins in February. 

Alex-Frazer

Alex Frazer held his nerve.

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