KUALA LUMPUR: Having failed to defend the girls’ individual title, Kedah had no intention of surrendering the girls’ team crown in the 17th Milo Ong Beng Hee and Nicol David Trophies tournament.
It took a huge effort from the Kedah girls to retain the title, edging Negri Sembilan in the final at the Hang Jebat Squash Centre in Malacca.
It wasn’t the best of starts for Kedah when Wong Heng Wai lost to M. Kiroshanna 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 8-11 in the opening tie. Heng Wai had lost the Kiroshanna in the individual final last Thursday as well.
K. Sehveetrraa got Kedah back on level terms with an 11-5, 11-1, 11-3 win over Chen Yu Jie before Aira Azman delivered the winning point by disposing off J. Yasshmita 11-2, 11-3, 11-1.
Kedah coach Cheong Pak Kau was pleased with his players’ performance.
“We are not too concerned as we have dominated the girls’ event. It augurs well for squash development in the state,” said Pak Kau.
In the semi-finals, Kedah beat Malacca 2-0 and Negri defeated Sarawak also 2-0.
In the third-placing playoff, Malacca beat Sarawak 2-0.
In the boys’ team final, Penang edged Sarawak 2-1.
Ishant Shah, the runner-up in the individual event, gave Penang their first point with an 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 win over Tommy Lau.
Prasad Ruhern made it 1-1 for Sarawak with a hard-fought 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7 win over Douglas Chee.
Lee Yi Guan delivered the winning point for Penang when he beat Caleb Lau 11-4, 11-7, 12-10.
In the semi-finals, Penang eliminated Kedah 2-0 and Sarawak edged Selangor 2-1.
In the third-placing playoff, Kedah beat Selangor 2-1.