Jamaica’s Binnie grabs fifth squash title in thriller

Chris Binnie of Jamaica featured in a sensational five-game final against Cayman’s Cameron Stafford for bragging rights to become the Caribbean men’s squash champion for the fifth consecutive time. 

The match at the South Sound Squash Club on Tuesday night was totally absorbing, with some terrific rallies. Binnie won 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3, which indicates how hard fought it was. 

Considering Binnie’s dominance in the Caribbean, it was no disgrace for the 23-year-old Caymanian to have pushed him so hard. 

Binnie, like Stafford is a pro. Binnie’s world ranking is No. 107 and Stafford’s is No. 185. 

Lewis Walters (Jamaica) was third, Sunil Seth (Guyana) fourth and Micah Franklin (Bermuda) fifth. 

The women’s singles title was won by Karen Meakins of Barbados who beat Bermuda’s Runa Reta in the final 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8. 

Daniela Schumann (Eastern Caribbean) was third, Ashley Khalil (Guyana) fourth and Amanda Haywood (Barbados) fifth. 

Team competition commenced on Wednesday. On Thursday, Cayman’s women play Guyana at 6 p.m. Jamaica’s men play Bermuda, and Cayman play Trinidad and Tobago also at 6 p.m. 

Cayman’s vets team plays Barbados on Thursday at 3 p.m. 

Chris Binnie is Caribbean champion again. - PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

Chris Binnie is Caribbean champion again. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD