Doubles decisive in tight thriller

Last updated 08:14 04/09/2012

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Liquorland and Koromiko played a thrilling contest last Thursday in the Marlborough A grade table tennis competition at Simcox Stadium in Blenheim.

Liquorland won 7-5. Although they lost the singles 5-4, a great doubles effort from John Diamanti, Warren Dillon and Bruce Palmer saw their team pick up the four points for the win.

Earlier Dillon had been in good form in the singles, picking up two wins including a 4-11 11-9 3-11 11-7 11-7 victory over Kristin Ruwhiu in a match where both players were prepared to attack at the earliest opportunity.

For Koromiko, Darryl Jones was in great touch, ending the night undefeated. His match against Diamanti was a close affair, with Jones taking it 12-10 12-10 12-10. Ruwhiu won the remaining points for Koromiko.

Sam Flaherty led the way as competition leaders Young Guns beat Full of Spirit 8-4. He was pushed to five sets by Stephen McCaa and overcame a strong challenge from Rex McCaa to win 11-8 7-11 11-7 12-10 11-7. This was a great match, McCaa returning many of Flaherty's top-spin shots. Craig Forman beat Rex McCaa and just lost to Stephen in a five-setter. Steve Rowsell helped Young Guns take the doubles 3-0, while Simon Bishell also got on the scoresheet for Full of Spirit.

The second-placed Bamboo Garden side of Ping Muanwong, Boe Aitchison and Kylie Hurren beat Three Lions 8-4 in a very close match, with three of their wins coming in the fifth set. Matt Millar won three singles including a win over Muanwong in a high quality match. Alex Kennedy attacked consistently in his matches against Aitchison and Hurren, just going down in five-setters.

Wairau Valley beat Titans 10-2 with Peter Wells leading from the front. He beat Mathias Von Hermanni 14-12 in a close first set before taking the next two. Von Hermanni had earlier beaten Jack Taylor and Cliff Smith in close matches.

Warriors beat MOM 12-0 with Arawa achieving the same score against Connect 3.

Points: Young Guns 256, Bamboo Garden 207, Warriors 198, Arawa 188, Liquorland 170, Wairau Valley 168, Three Lions 144, MOM 141, Full of Spirit 124, Koromiko 62, Connect 3 55, Titans 23.

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- The Marlborough Express

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