Khalil successfully defends Squash title

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: Jason Ray Khalil stretches out to save a point during his final with Nyron Joseph. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Jason Ray Khalil successfully defended his Bounty Farm Limited Handicap Squash title with an impressive win over Nyron Joseph on Sunday at the Georgetown Club Squash courts.

Khalil with a handicap of -24 outplayed Joseph with a negative handicap of -16 in three exciting sets that ended 2-1.

Khalil showcased his superiority in the first set to overcome his handicap and top Joseph 15-13 to claim the firsts set. Joseph rebounded in the second set and pulled away from Khalil who showed signs of frustration, losing the set 15-4.

However, Khalil quickly refocused and started hot in the third to overcome his handicap but Joseph rallied to go up 8-0 before Khalil took over the game to win the final set at 15-11.

Meanwhile in the Category ‘A’ final Lucas Jonas -3 came up against his brother Ethan Jonas -1.

In the first game, Lucas won the first eight points before his brother secured his first point but Ethan got no further than seven as Lucas won the first game 15 – 7.

The second game was no different to the first as again Lucas won the first eight points before Ethan secured his first point to register a 15 – 9 win.

In the category ‘A’ third place playoff Michael Alphonso -1 defeated Demetrius DeAbeu -1. DeAbeu won a close first game 15 – 13 but lost the next two to Alphonso at 15 – 10 and 15 – 6.

Full Final Results:

Open Category: Jason Ray Khalil -24 defeated Nyron Joseph -16 15 – 13, 4 – 15, 15 – 11, Third place; Nicholas Narain won by walkover from Raphael De Groot.

Open Category Plate: Final; Alexander Cheeks +7 beat Joe Mekdeci 0 15 – 11, 15 – 12, Third place; Tiffany Soloman got a walkover from Stephen Fernandes.

Category A: Final; Lucas Jonas -3 beat Ethan Jonas -1 15 – 7, 15 – 9, Third Place; Michael Alphonso -1 beat Demetrius De Abreu -1 13 – 15, 15 – 10, 15 – 6.

Category A plate: Final; Jason Gomes +4 beat Kamir Khan +7 15 – 11, 15 – 13, Third place; Paige Fernandes +10 defeated Chad De Abreu +11 15 – 9, 15 – 7.

The presentation of prizes was done by Stephen Fernandes and Dr Peter De Groot representatives of the sponsors Bounty Farm Ltd.