Rahaman ends Wiltshire’s dream run

The spectacular return to competitive squash by former three time Southern Caribbean men’s singles champion Garfield Wiltshire was ended by Ryan Rahaman yesterday at the Georgetown Club.

Competing in a quarter-final clash of the Open division, Wiltshire found the minus 20 handicap too big to overcome despite forcing the match into a three setter.

After dropping the first game 0-15 to Rahaman who started with a plus six advantage (six points) Wiltshire roared back to take the second 15-13 and force the match to a decisive third set.

But the exertion of having to win 35 points before Rahaman scored nine proved too much for him and he succumbed 8-15 in the third to end what would have been a storybook comeback by a player who seems to still have what it takes to be among the top men’s players in the country.
In other matches yesterday, Medhi Ramdhani (+8) beat Jonathan Antzak (+8) 12/15, 15/12, 17/16 while Robert Fernandes (-10) beat Nicholas Narain (+6) 15/13, 15/13.

Garfield Wiltshire

Adam Alves exited what was turning out to be fine tournament for him in disappointing fashion giving Joshua Abdool a walkover.
In the Open Plate category, Jason Ray Khalil (-25) beat Ian Mekdeci (+8) 17/15, 15/12; Joven Benn (-8) beat Schelte Van Dyke (17/14, 15/11;
Ben Mekdeci (+4) defeated Patrick Fraser (+8) 15/13, 15/9 and Alyssa Xavier (+10) beat Steven Xavier (-8) 15/4, 13/15, 17/15.
In A Category Plate results; Travis Whitehead (+5) beat Jonathan Edwards (+11) 15/13, 17/14;

Samantha Fernandes ((+7) beat Taylor Fernandes (-5) 15/8, 15/3 and Justin Gomes got a walkover from John Phang.
On Friday evening in the Open category, Wiltshire (-20) had beaten Ashley Khalid (-5) 15/10, 15/9 while Rahaman (+6) beat Christopher Lowe (+10) 13/15, 18/16, 16/14.

Ramdhani (+8) beat Nyron Joseph (-8) 15/5, 15/-2;
Antzak (+8) beat Lee Fung-A-Fat (+8) 15/13, 15/13; Nicholas Narain (+6) beat David Fernandes (+11) 15/12, 15/12; Robert Fernandes (-10) beat Ashley De Groot (+2) 15/12, 15/9;

Joshua Abdool (+2) beat Steven Persaud (+10) 15/12, 15/11 and Alves (+8) beat Mary Fung-A-Fat (0) 15/3, 15/7.
In the A category matches, Alec Melville (-10) beat Jonathan de Groot (-70 6/15, 15/13, 15/7

Haopei Yang (+20 beat Maya Collins (+13) 15/13, 16/14; Andrew Peroune (-10) beat Rebecca Lowe (+9) 17/15, 16/14 and Alexandra Phang (+11) beat Mahendra Khusial (0) 15/7, 15/8.

In Open Category Plate matches, Ian Mekdeci (+8) beat Philip Fernandes (+8) 15/11,16/17,15/11; Jason Ray Khalil gained a walkover from Mike Atherley; Joven Benn (-8) beat Ryan Mc Kinnon (+12) 15/13,15/13; Patrick Fraser (+8) beat Mikhail Carto (+8) 15/11,13/15,15/10 and Steven Xavier (-8) beat Pablo Mundini (+8) 13/15,15/11,15/13.

Last evening the semi-finals were set to take place while the finals of all the events will take place at the Georgetown Club from 11.00 am today.

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