Marlborough Foxes and Marlborough Stars remain the two teams to chase down in the Craigs Investment Partners Marlborough premier interclub tennis competition after both scored victories in round five on Wednesday night.
Still unbeaten, competition leaders Foxes extended their winning streak to five with a comfortable 5-1 result over Rapaura Drylands Two at the Forrest Winery Marlborough Tennis Centre.
Foxes won both the initial men's and mixed doubles matches and took a 3-0 lead when newly crowned Marlborough club singles champion Neil Sonne beat Brendon Sutherland 7-6 6-3. Victory was secure when Lee Harborne beat Owen Dodson and Mel Trolove edged Bec Boon 6-1 5-7 (10-5) in the women's singles.
Also at Pollard Park, Stars fought off a late comeback from cellar dwellers Marlborough Jigsaw to claim a 4-2 win.
Stars took both doubles matches and had a 3-0 lead when Lily O'Fagan dispatched Kate Parsons 6-0 6-1. Jigsaw men's players Nick Winter and Joshua Gwynne got their side back in the contest with singles victories, but Stars' No 1 male Robbie Cowlishaw, who was returning from injury, downed Logan Croad 6-2 6-2 to wrap things up.
Third-placed side Rapaura Drylands One consolidated their spot on the ladder with a 5-1 win over Marlborough Rockets on grass at Rapaura.
Anthony Walkenhorst and Tony Fenemor recorded comfortable straight-sets singles wins, although Ellis Diamanti was made to work for his 7-6 6-4 victory over Jason Flowerday. Diamanti and Fenemor combined to win the men's doubles, while Walkenhorst and Sandy Stubbs did the business in the mixed. Rockets youngster Abbey Hogg continued her good run in premier with a 6-4 6-3 triumph over Stubbs to collect her team's only point.
The third and final match of the night at Pollard Park was also the tightest of round five as Marlborough Dragons beat Marlborough Bullets by the narrowest margin.
Both sides won three matches, Dragons prevailing 7-6 on set countback. After they won both doubles matches and Donna Clark beat Sarah Maxwell, the tie was all but Dragons'. But Andrew Forgesson's 6-4 7-5 win over Peter Rogge and Josh Winter's victory over Josh Watson, by the same margin, meant it all came down to the match between Dragons' Yuichi Ando and Bullets' Nigel Sowman. Ando fought back from behind to prevail 2-6 7-5 10-8, but Sowman's first set win was enough see Dragons take the spoils.
Round five results
Marlborough Bullets 3 (6 sets) lost to Marlborough Dragons 3 (7 sets): Andrew Forgesson beat Peter Rogge 6/4 7/5, Yuichi Ando beat Nigel Sowman 2/6 7/5 (10/8), Josh Winter beat Josh Watson 6/4 7/5, Sarah Maxwell lost to Donna Clark 6/1 6/3, Yuichi and Winter lost to Sowman & Watson 6/4 7/5, Forgesson & Maxwell lost to Rogge & Clark 6/3 6/4.
Marlborough Jigsaw 2 lost to Marlborough Stars 4: Logan Croad lost to Robert Cowlishaw 6/2 6/2, Nick Winter beat Hiro Kishida 6/1 7/5, Joshua Gwynne beat Charlie Mercer 6/1 7/6, Kate Parsons lost to Lily O'Fagan 6/0 6/1, Winter & Gwynne lost to Cowlishaw & Mercer 6/4 7/6, Croad & Parsons lost to O'Fagan & Kishida 6/2 6/1.
Marlborough Foxes 5 beat Rapaura Drylands Two 1: Neil Sonne beat Brendon Sutherland 7/6 6/3, Lee Harborne beat Owen Dodson 6/3 6/1, Nick McLauchlan lost to Ben Burridge 7/5 6/2, Mel Trolove beat Bec Boon 6/1 5/7 (10-5), Harborne & Sonne beat Sutherland & Burridge 6/2 7/5, McLauchlan & Trolove beat Dodson & Boon 7/6 6/2.
Marlborough Rockets 1 lost to Rapaura Drylands One 5: Blair Harvey lost to Anthony Walkenhorst 6/2 6/2, Jean-Luc Hauswirth lost to Tony Fenemor 6/0 6/1, Jason Flowerday lost to Ellis Diamanti 7/6 6/4, Abbey Hogg beat Sandy Stubbs 6/4 6/3, Harvey & Hauswirth lost to Diamanti & Fenemor 6/3 6/2, Flowerday & Hogg lost to Walkenhorst and Stubbs 6/0 6/3.
Points standings: Marlborough Foxes 36, Marlborough Stars 28, Rapaura Drylands One 24, Rapaura Drylands Two 17, Marlborough Rockets 17, Marlborough Bullets 14, Marlborough Dragons 13, Marlborough Jigsaw 8.
- The Marlborough Express