The Baker Tilly Corporate Shootout Squash league got under way last night with strong performances across the board! The format of this 4 week league sees teams playing two shorter matches per evening, best of 3 games, as opposed to the usual best of 5. If a match does end up coming down to the third game it is decided by 1 point sudden death or first to 3 points. This format leads to fast, high tempo matches with some dramatic finishes!
Digicel made a strong return after missing the last league acquiring 11 of the maximum 12 points to put them at the top of the table. Julian Jervis, Cayman’s top junior, lead the Digicel charge claiming fairly comfortable victories in both matches.
Both KPMG and The Directors had a good start to their campaign finishing the night with 10 points a piece, KPMG just squeaking ahead of The Directors on overall points scored in matches to place second in the table. KPMG Captain, Samantha Hennings, had a notable win against Neil Stone-Wigg with the match coming down to the third and final game. Stone-Wigg chose to play 3 points over the 1 point sudden death to decide the match but this seemed to suit Hennings who was able to keep her cool finishing the match off 3-2.
League Sponsors Baker Tilly found themselves placed comfortably in the middle of the table at 4th position after the first round of matches. Both Martin Szaroccki and Josh Gosling were unbeaten on the night claiming 8 points between them.
Just one point behind Baker Tilly is Riffraff consisting of the dangerous mother daughter duo Claire Roscoe and Mischa Kluyver. Kluyver was on fine form claiming 2 wins and 4 points for the team.
The Lions and UBS both ended up with 7 points, with The Lions just finishing on top due to more match points on the night. UBS are a veteran team in the Corporate League and are known for making a late charge as the league progresses.
Sitting in 8th position but certainly not out of the picture are newcomers Phoenix Group. Having a secured a respectable 6 points on the night, only 5 points separate them from the top spot showing how tight this league could end up being! Phoenix certainly has the firepower on their side to rise from the ashes and is a team to be watched.
Scores on the doors after the first week:
1. Digicel – 11
2. KPMG – 10
3. The Directors – 10
4. Baker Tilly – 9
5. Riffraff – 8
6. The Lions – 7
7. UBS – 7
8. Phoenix – 6