Digicel set the early tone

The Baker Tilly Corporate Shootout Squash league got under way on Thursday with strong performances across the board.

The format of this four-week league sees teams playing two shorter matches per evening, best of three games, as opposed to the usual best of five.

If a match does end up coming down to the third game, it is decided by either one point sudden death or first to three points. This format leads to fast, high-tempo matches with some dramatic finishes.

Digicel made a strong return after missing the last league, acquiring 11 of the maximum 12 points to put them at the top of the table.

Julian Jervis, Cayman’s top junior, led the Digicel charge claiming fairly comfortable victories in both matches.

KPMG and The Directors had a good start to their campaign, finishing the night with 10 points apiece.

KPMG just squeaked ahead of The Directors on overall points scored in matches to place second in the table.

KPMG captain Samantha Hennings had a notable win against Neil Stone-Wigg, with the match coming down to the third and final game.

Stone-Wigg chose to play three points over the one point sudden death to decide the match but this seemed to suit Hennings, who was able to keep her cool, finishing the match off 3-2.

League sponsors Baker Tilly are in fourth position after the first round of matches. Both Martin Szaroccki and Josh Gosling were unbeaten on the night, claiming eight points between them.

One point behind Baker Tilly is Riffraff, consisting of the dangerous mother-daughter duo Claire Roscoe and Mischa Kluyver. Kluyver was in fine form, claiming two wins and four points for the team.

The Lions and UBS both ended up with seven points, with The Lions finishing on top due to gaining more match points on the night.

UBS are a veteran team in the corporate league and are known for making a late charge as the league progresses.

Sitting in eighth position but certainly not out of the picture are newcomers Phoenix Group. Having a secured a respectable six points on the night, only five points separate them from the top spot, showing how tight this league could end up.

Phoenix certainly have the firepower to rise from the ashes and are a team to be watched.