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Franklin leads island to team title

Micah Franklin went unbeaten as Bermuda won the men's team event at the Caribbean Championships.

Franklin won all five games he played and did not drop a set as Bermuda swept all before them in Trinidad last week.

It was a good performance all round for the island's senior players, with Denise Kyme successfully defending her over-50s title, while Jane Chapman took the bronze medal in the over-40s category.

Franklin, Noah Brown and Kristen Johnson also competed in the singles event, and were all knocked out at the quarter-final stage, with Franklin losing to Chris Binnie, of Jamaica, who went on to win the competition.

It was in the team event that Bermuda really shone, with 3-2 wins over Barbados, OECS, and Trinidad setting up a semi-final against Guyana.

Bermuda were forced to come from 2-0 down to get through to the final, eventually squeezing to a 3-2 win, which set up another meeting with Trinidad.

By that time Johnson and Patrick Foster were both carrying injuries, and Bermuda again found themselves having to come from 2-0 down against the hosts backed by raucous home support.

Johnson lost a close game in three sets to Nku Patrick, going down 9-11, 9-11, 7-11, while Anthony Fellows was unfortunate to also lose in three sets to Chyse McQuan 11-13, 7-11, 7-11.

Franklin and Browne then made relatively short work of their opponents, while Foster needed four sets and an 1½hr to get the better of Mandela Patrick 13-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5.

Region's best: the Bermuda team celebrate their Caribbean Championships victory in Trinidad

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Published August 18, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 18, 2016 at 12:44 am)

Franklin leads island to team title

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