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Simpson, Sealy the champs

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Orson Simpson had to run through all the tricks in his bag to overcome Clifford Nolan and capture the men’s Over-60 crown in the finals of the Barbados National Masters Squash Championships at the Barbados Squash Club, Marine Courts, on Sunday.

In what turned out to be the longest and one of the most exciting matches of the day, Simpson derailed Nolan’s chances of claiming a title.

Though carrying a slight injury, Simpson executed some impressive shots to win the match 3-2 after five exciting sets (9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7).

“I had a slight injury going into the game, so I wasn’t trying to do any more than I needed to do, because I didn’t want to risk hurting my Achilles,” Simpson said.

“For the first time ever in my life I had to wear an ankle guard, so I didn’t want to do more than I had to do throughout the match.”

Simpson said that while Nolan was ranked ahead of him he felt he had a good chance to claim his second age-group national title.

“I always felt that I had a chance because I am still relatively fit. It is only a matter of whether I would have been able to stand up to the pressure, but for some strange reason I find he allowed me to play my game rather than he play his game,” he said.

Barbados Badminton Association president Paul Sealy was no match for Mark Sealy, who swept to victory in three straight sets (11-1, 11-1, 11-2). Sealy, the Caribbean Over-40 champion, who placed third in US Over-55 Competition last month, showcased his range of shots and drew numerous unforced errors from his opponent.

Marlon White brushed aside Craig Archer 11-1, 11-7, 11-2 to capture the Over-50 title.

Lilianna White won the women’s Over-35 crown when Nicole Jordan retired after losing the first set 2-11.

Lynn Decambra-McLeod took the women’s Over-50 crown, defeating Josephine Haywood 11-8, 11-7, 11-7. (RG)

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