Team Bermuda: Flag-bearer Micah Franklin leads some of the squad into Celtic Park for the opening 
ceremony on Wednesday night. *AFP photo
Team Bermuda: Flag-bearer Micah Franklin leads some of the squad into Celtic Park for the opening ceremony on Wednesday night. *AFP photo

Micah Franklin reached the second round of the squash event on his Commonwealth Games debut before suffering a heavy defeat to the world number 42.

Franklin, Bermuda’s number one and ranked just outside the top 150, had earlier in the day staved off a comeback by Uganda’s Michael Kawooya to win in five games.

The 21-year-old won the first two 11-4 but his African opponent stormed back to win the next two 11-9 and 11-8 before the Bermudian prevailed 11-4 in the decider.

However, any hopes of an upset win and a place in the Round of 16 were crushed by Kiwi Campbell Grayson, who overcame Franklin 11-1, 11-1, 11-4.

President of the BOA Judy Simons and Minister of Sport Wayne Scott paid a visit to the sparkling squash venue to lend their support.

But the other two Bermudians in action both suffered first round losses. Nick Kyme’s was expected against former world number one James Willstrop but he put up a brave fight and played some good squash in a 11-3, 11-4, 11-3 defeat.

Robert Maycock also went down 3-0, losing to Malaysia’s Mohd Nafiizwan 11-2, 11-5, 11-3.

Elsewhere, swimmer Julian Fletcher began his Games in the 100m breastroke heats.

Fletcher was the second slowest in Heat 5, clocking 1 minute 06.72 seconds.