Cashmere served notice to ASB Trophy title challengers with their emphatic 6-0 win over third-placed Edgeware in men's interclub competition on Saturday.
Cashmere, bolstered by New Zealand representative Dan King-Turner, swept aside the home team without dropping a set.
King-Turner was well supported by the Meredith brothers, Matthew and Tim, plus Johnny McHarg.
They never gave their rivals a chance.
The commanding victory lifted Cashmere to 98 points, a healthy 14-point advantage over nearest rival Elmwood.
However, Elmwood kept Cashmere in sight with a comfortable 5-1 win against Burnside Park.
Elmwood secured their tie after winning the first four matches. However, Andrew Cochrane, after taking the first set off Rene Dumont, dropped the next two to give Burnside Park their first and only point.
Waimairi, despite losing the services of leading player Glenn Wilson after an injury in the opening set of the first singles against Matthew Sunderland, beat Hagley Park 4-2.
Hagley Park lost any chance to take advantage of Wilson's absence by being a player short to concede two matches.
In the women's competition, Burnside Park overtook Elmwood at the top of the table, primarily because Elmwood's match against Waimairi was deferred.
Burnside Park beat Hagley Park 4-2 but the outcome was in doubt until the final match, with the tie locked at two-all after four of the six matches.
Men: Cashmere 6 Edgeware 0 (Dan King-Turner and Matthew Meredith beat Vaughan Kingi and Jamie Poole 6-1 6-3, Tim Meredith and Johnny McHarg beat Nick Johnson and Leighton Christoffersen 6-4 6-4, King-Turner beat Kingi 6-0 6-2, T Meredith beat Poole 6-2 7-5, M Meredith beat Christoffersen 6-0 7-5, McHarg beat Johnson 6-0 6-0).
Waimairi 4 Hagley Park 2 (Glenn Wilson lost to Matthew Sunderland 1-4 (ret injured), Benji McGilivray beat Steven Brookman 6-0 6-3, Barnaby Hawes beat Alex Zorn 6-4 6-1, Wilson and McGilivray lost to Sunderland and Brookman default injury, Hawes and Anderson won by default, Anderson won by default).
Elmwood 5 Burnside Park 1 (Andrew Cochrane and Brendon Furness beat Rene Dumont and Andy Palliser 6-3 6-3, David Averill and Mike Smith beat Mattias Wieland and P Smith 7-6 6-2, M Smith beat P Smith 6-2 6-2, Furness beat Palliser 7-6 6-2, Cochrane beat Dumont 7-6 2-6 1-6, Averill beat Wieland 6-2 6-7 6-2).
Points: Cashmere 98, Elmwood 84, Edgeware 68, Waimairi 38, Burnside Park 20, Hagley Park 12.
Women: Burnside Park 4 Hagley Park 2 (Joelene Feneon and Kerrie Ling beat Michelle North and Annabelle Linterman 6-3 6-1, Emily Laing and Alice Batt lost to Sally Moorfield and Adele Orangi 0-6 3-6, Feneon beat North 6-2 6-2, Ling lost to Moorfield 4-6 6-2, Laing beat Shirley Haig 6-2 6-3, Batt beat Linterman 6-1 6-3).
Points (with Elmwood-Waimairi still to be played): Burnside Park 58, Elmwood 52, Hagley Park 48, Waimairi 20, Cashmere 14.
- The Press
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