Top J’cans face US ri­vals in KPMG pro se­ries squash

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

JA­MAICA’S TOP-RANKED squash play­ers, Chris Bin­nie and Lewis Wal­ters, will take on ri­vals from the United States in the KPMG In­ter­na­tional Squash Se­ries, which is sched­uled for De­cem­ber 8-9 at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.

Dubbed ‘Yan­kees vs Yardies’, the two-day ex­trav­a­ganza will see lo­cal stars Bin­nie and Wal­ters fac­ing their stiffest com­pe­ti­tion to date on lo­cal soil. The US con­tin­gent is com­prised of Chris Gor­don, cur­rently ranked num­ber 56 by the Pro­fes­sional Squash As­so­ci­a­tion (PSA), and Chris Han­son, who is num­ber 83 in the world.

Bin­nie, who has dom­i­nated the game in Ja­maica and the Caribbean for the last eight years, is cur­rently at 76, while Wal­ters is ranked at 110.

Bin­nie will face off with Han­son on the first day of play, while Wal­ters will be up against Gor­don. The play­ers will then trade op­po­nents for an­other round of matches on day two.

STRONG UNDERCARD

The event will also fea­ture a strong undercard, which will see Ja­maica’s num­ber three player, all-rounder Bruce Bur­rowes, go­ing head-to-head with ris­ing star Ju­lian Mor­ri­son.

Bur­rowes and Mor­ri­son will be back in ac­tion again in mixed dou­bles on day two, when they will be paired with 12-time All-Ja­maica Ladies Cham­pion Karen An­der­son and five-time Caribbean Ladies Cham­pion Mar­lene West, re­spec­tively.

The KPMG se­ries is be­ing staged as a ma­jor fundraiser for the Ja­maica Squash As­so­ci­a­tion (JSA) as part of an ef­fort to in­crease fi­nanc­ing for its Ju­nior Out­reach Pro­gramme and also to pro­vide sup­port for Ja­maica’s pro­fes­sional squash play­ers. Bin­nie, Wal­ters and Mor­ri­son cur­rently com­pete on the PSA cir­cuit, which in­volves travel, ac­com­mo­da­tion, med­i­cal and coach­ing ex­penses.

“We are very ex­cited about our pro­fes­sional squash se­ries be­cause it will ex­pose lo­cal fans and new­com­ers to the game to an ex­traor­di­nar­ily high stan­dard of squash,” said pres­i­dent of the JSA, Chris Hind.

“Chris and Lewis are the top two play­ers in the Caribbean, but, in gen­eral, they don’t get a lot of strong com­pe­ti­tion on lo­cal soil; so we look for­ward to see­ing them do bat­tle with other world-ranked pro­fes­sional play­ers, who will def­i­nitely test their skills.”

The KPMG In­ter­na­tional Squash Se­ries is also spon­sored by Supreme Ven­tures, BCIC and the Liguanea Club.

Tick­ets are on sale at the Liguanea Club at a cost of $1,500 for chil­dren, $3,000 for adults and $5,000 for VIP pack­ages, which in­clude food and bev­er­ages. Per­sons pur­chas­ing tick­ets for both nights can get two chil­dren’s tick­ets for $2,500, two adult tick­ets for $5,000 and two VIP passes for $8,000. In­ter­ested per­sons can call 371-0476.

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