first_imgJamaica’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 undercardThe 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.last_img read more

first_imgHigginbotham explained: “The reason I’m leaving out Dele Alli, I think he’s a fantastic player, but I just think I in a game like this the middle of the pitch of going to be compact and the second he gets on the ball he’s going to be crowded out.“There’s going to be very little room between the midfield and the Tunisia defence and I think the physicality of someone like Loftus-Cheek, who can pick up the ball and leave players in his wake, would suit England.“Also, if balls are coming into the box he’s got that licence to get in there and I think he’ll be more of a threat. Allardyce approval READY TO ROAR talkSPORT pundit Higginbotham joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Tuesday, as he and former England boss Sam Allardyce picked their England XI’s for the World Cup.But the pair disagreed over the midfield, with Big Sam stunned the former Premier League defender left Alli out of his team. Who, where and when do England play at the World Cup? Danny Higginbotham’s England XI to play Tunisia – do you agree? BIG SAM’S VERDICT Allardyce names the XI he would pick for England’s World Cup opener Dele Alli should be benched for England’s World Cup opener against Tunisia, believes Danny Higginbotham.The Tottenham star has been one of the Three Lions’ key players in the build-up to the World Cup and is a shoo-in to make the team for Monday’s clash at the Volgograd Arena – 7pm kick-off live on talkSPORT.But Higginbotham believes Gareth Southgate should be bold and pick 22-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek instead, saying the Crystal Palace midfielder could be England’s secret weapon in Russia. Latest England news on BIG SAM’S BACKING ‘Pickford should start for England at the World Cup’ center_img What is England’s itinerary for the World Cup? IT’S NEARLY HERE 2 England’s squad numbers revealed for World Cup CONFIRMED 2 Big Sam ‘really pleased’ with England progress ahead of World Cup Higginbotham says Loftus-Cheek should replace Alli in England’s midfield “In most other games I’d have Dele Alli in there, I think he’s got unbelievable quality.“But I just think from what Loftus-Cheek can bring to this game, against a team who will play really compact, I think he could actually be the match-winner for England.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. All 32 World Cup squads for Russia 2018 last_img read more