Leah Cumberbatch continued to shine in Table Tennis circles when she took the Female title on Wednesday, February 1, in the Individuals Open Table Tennis Championships organised by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College.
Cumberbatch defeated her rival, Shanecia Delpeshe of the Adams Table Tennis Club in straight sets: 12-10, 11-5, 11-9 in the final. Cumberbatch had earlier won her females singles semi-final match up over Jessica McCarter of the West St. George Secondary School 16-14, 12-10, 11-5.
In the other female singles semi-final, Shanecia Delpeshe had a 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 win over 10-year-old Loukhya Premraj of the Fairhall Government School. In the clash to secure the bronze medal, Premraj lost to Jessica McCarter in straight sets 13-11, 11-5, 11-4.
Meanwhile, Tayon Burgin, Jelani Cumberbatch, Loukhya Premraj, Jomani Toussaint and Jamaar Cropper booked their places in the quarter-finals of the tournament when competition ended on the third day, Wednesday.
In the Individuals Open category, Tayon Burgin and the female singles champion, Leah Cumberbatch, played an enthralling game in the round of sixteen that went the distance of five sets which went 11-13, 11-9, 10-12, 13-11, 11-6 in favour of Burgin.
Also moving on to the final eight was Fairhall Government School’s 10-year-old Loukhya Premraj who stunned Kimani Richardson in match four of the round of sixteen. Primraj prevailed 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-8.
In the round of sixteen match three, Jelani Cumberbatch had the better of Jessica McCarter 15-13, 11-3, 18-16; while Jomani Toussaint and Jamaar Cropper lost their round of sixteen encounters, but will still play in the quarter final since their opponents were carded to take on national Table Tennis duties in Grenada from yesterday,Thursday, February 2.
Toussaint went under to Kimoni Shoy in another ding-dong battle that took all of five sets to decide: 11-4, 10-12, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12; while Cropper lost in four sets to Shanecia Delpeshe 4-11, 11-9, 7-11, 4-11.
Tykel Pierre got into the round of sixteen after winning Group Three. He defeated Tayon Burgin 11-9, 11-4, 11-7; then had the better of Jeremiah Bascombe 11-4, 11-6, 11-6. Bascombe ended second in Group Three with his five set (6-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-6) win over Tayon Burgin.
In group Four, Kimoni Shoy took the top spot after playing unbeaten with victories against Kyle Simmons 11-3, 11-5, 11-2; Kamani Richardson 6-11, 11-7, 14-12, 8-11, 11-7; and Kirtney Franklyn 11-6, 11-6, 16-14.
Franklyn took the second place in Group Four and moved on to the round of sixteen with wins over Kyle Simmons 11-3, 11-2, 11-5; and Kamani Richardson 11-1, 11-5, 11-2.
Today Friday, February 3, 2023, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College’ Individuals Table Tennis Championship will conclude with the playing of the semi-finals and finals at the college’s main campus at Villa.