Table tennis leaders come through

Unbeaten Nathan Watson is leading the way on the Marlborough table tennis scene.

Unbeaten Nathan Watson is leading the way on the Marlborough table tennis scene.

Marlborough senior interclub table tennis leaders Warriors were given a stern challenge on Thursday.

In a seventh round clash, Warriors were pitted against third-placed Three Lions. After the match was drawn 6-6 the result was decided on a countback after games, with Warriors coming out on top 24 games to 20.

Warriors trailed 5-6 before Ken Thompsett and Matt Willis won the last double, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6 over Alex and Jason Kennedy to get the narrow win. Thompsett won two singles and ran Marlborough's top junior, Alex Kennedy, close, going down 13-11, 13-11, 9-11, 13-11. Willis and Kylie Hurren picked up a win each while Jason Kennedy had a good night, notching two four-set wins. He has enjoyed a consistent season, with four of his five losses coming against players ranked above him. Josh Sim won a double with Alex Kennedy by 14-12 in the fifth set.

Cowdreys Honour beat Pride of Flaxbourne 7-5, with 10 matches going past the third set. Zac Cowdrey comfortably won his three singles. Bjorn Cowdrey got the team off to a good start with a 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 win over Ross Ward while Rob Honour beat Barbara Burkhart 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9 in another close match. Dennis Burkhart won two singles for the country team, with Ward winning one single and two doubles.

MOM beat GX3 10-2 in a match where four of the six players were left handers. Martin Stephens beat Marion Wood 7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8 in the first match of the night. Billy Hebberd also won two matches for MOM. Nathan Watson kept his unbeaten record intact and played an entertaining match with Vanessa Wood-Lin, both players hitting some crisp crosscourt shots. Jacqui Wood gained both points for GX3 with some consistent topspin play.

Matt Pigou and Ping Muanwong led the way as Wairau Valley downed Winning Colours 9-3, their topspin power getting them past their opponents. Steve Rowsell won two doubles and took David Foley to five sets, just losing by 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7. John Diamanti and Simon Bishell also got on the board for Winning Colours.

In the other fixture, Arawa beat Koromiko 12-0.
Leading players after seven rounds: Nathan Watson won 21 played 21, Alex Kennedy 20/21, Matt Pigou 19/21, Ping Muanwong 16/18, Ken Thompsett 17/21, Jason Kennedy 16/21, Matt Willis 16/21, Zac Cowdrey 13/18, John Diamanti 12/18,  Warren Haszard 15/21, Simon Bishell 14/21, Jacqui Wood 14/21.

Points: Warriors 71, Wairau Valley 69, MOM 64, Three Lions 60, Arawa 56, Winning Colours 51, Cowdreys Honour 26, Koromiko 22, GX3 19, Pride of Flaxbourne 17.

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