Only two ties were completed in Waikato premier interclub tennis on Saturday when rain interrupted ties being played outdoors.
Hamilton and St Peters were scheduled indoors but played late in the afternoon to complete their tie because the No 2 for St Peters Harry Yan took three hours to beat stalwart Hamilton player Phil Hempstead 7-6 3-6 7-6.
No 1 Jono Merchant was the only other singles player for St Peters to have success on Saturday, beating Taylor McGuire who is recently back from injury and improving each week. McGuire looked like he might take the second set but Merchant shut the opportunity down with some accurate groundstrokes at crucial times to take the match 6-3 6-4.
St Peters also managed to take out the bottom doubles to get a well-deserved three points for the day but it was Hamilton who took overall honours 6-3.
Thames completed their tie against Te Awamutu-Otorohanga by transferring their last few matches to the artificial grass with Thames winning the tie 7-2.
Thames were far too strong for their opponents on the day, though No 1 for Te Awamutu-Otorohanga Andy van der Vyver continues on from last season with an unbeaten record in singles. He beat Thames No 1 Jake McCartney 6-2 6-1 in a hard-hitting match with both players obviously enjoying the battle.
Te Awamutu-Otorohanga managed to take the men's second doubles in a very tight match 7-6 7-6 to complete the tie.
Last year's winners Lugton Park were down 3-1 to Cambridge when rain interrupted their tie.
The three top men's singles went Cambridge's way with the fourth singles not completed but LugtonPark in the lead in the third set 5-2.
In the women's doubles Lugton Park's Ella Hassall and AnastaciaRyjenkova managed to take out the Cambridge pairing Nina Paripovic and Wendy Portegys 6-4 6-4 but hadn't started their singles when the wet weather arrived.
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