The Islam twins Daniel and Anthony won their matches Tuesday night as the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) in collaboration with its number one corporate sponsor Digicel Guyana, served off the Bounty Farm Mash Handicap tournament at the Georgetown Club.
According to a press release, the twins made the best of the advantage of their handicaps to advance to the second round of the tournament.
Despite a glaring age difference of more than ten years and height disadvantage Anthony Islam (12) managed to get the better of Jamaal Douglas (+11) on opening night. Anthony won in straight games 15/11, 16/14.
His brother Daniel Islam, playing with an 11-point advantage also strolled into the second round after overcoming Rohandev Persaud who possessed a 13-point advantage. Daniel prevailed 16/14, 13/15, 16/14. Even with just four points to score and a 27-point head start, Daniel had his work cut out for him when he faced former national champion Regan Pollard last evening in what was expected to be an intriguing duel.
Defending champion Jason Ray Khalil comfortably overcame his 22-point handicap (-22) to defeat Medhi Ramdhani (6) 15/11, 15/12. His older sister Ashley Khalil (-3) also won her encounter against Kerensa Fernandes in straight games 15/13, 15/13. Last year’s runner up Nicholas Narain (-8) defeated Haopei Yang in three games 15/13, 13/15, 16/14.
Ashley deGroot and Taylor Fernandes on the other hard were to among the few reputable players who were eliminated from the main draw on opening night. DeGroot (2) stumbled to Ryan Rahaman (6) (15/12, 15/13), while veteran campaigner Lloyd Fung-A-Fat relegated Fernandes (8) to the Plate round (7) 15/12, 17/15. In Category A, the younger players competed fiercely in their short but exciting matches. Winners in Category A on opening night were Gianni Carpenter, Dominic Collins, Makeda Harding and Jonathon Edwards.
The tournament continues with matches every night until Saturday’s final. Players who would have lost their first round matches will be playing in the Plate consolation round. The GSA also encourages the public to support the Bounty Farm Mash Handicap Tournament Barbeque which also will be held on Saturday.
Tuesday Night’s Results
Jason Ray Khalil (-22) defeated Medhi Ramdhani (6) 15/11, 15/12
Ashley Khalil (-3) defeated Kerensa Fernandes (12) 15/13, 15/13
Daniel Islam (11) defeated Rohandev Persaud (+13) 16/14, 13/15, 16/14
Anthony Islam (12) defeated Jamaal Douglas (+11) 15/11, 16/14
Lloyd Fung-A-Fat (7) defeated Taylor Fernandes (8) 15/11, 15/12
Ryan Rahaman (6) defeated Ashley deGroot (2) 15/12, 15/13
Antonio Joseph (13) defeated Steven Persaud (9) 15/12, 16/14
Nicholas Narain (-8) defeated Haopei Yang (11) 15/13, 13/15, 16/14
Rebecca Low (11) defeated Robert Hiscock (9) 15/11, 15/12
Pablio Mundini (7) defeated Alex Cheeks (11) 15/11, 17/15
Stephen Fernandes (7) defeated Wayne Alphonso (12) 11/15, 16/14, 15/12
Benjamin Mekdeci (-10) defeated Anya Persaud (12) 15/12, 16/14
Dominic Collins (8) defeated Demetrius DeAbreu (9) 10/15, 15/12, 15/12
Makeda Harding (2) defeated Liam Carpenter (13) 15/13, 16/14
Jonathon Edwards (6) defeated Halley Carpenter (12) 18/16, 11/15, 15/13
Gianni Carpenter (6) defeated Jamila Da Silva (10) 15/11, 15/13