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Doubles delight for Carterton

The two Williams – Day and Orsborn – shone for Carterton, winning three from three in the second round of the pre-Christmas Wairarapa Tennis Regional One Interclub.

Their treble in Saturday’s doubles round, played at Gladstone after morning rain forced the transfer from Carterton, has given Carterton a narrow lead in the Shirley Corlett Trophy.

In a tight competition, Carterton are separated from Martinborough and Dry River by just three points after two of the five rounds.

Day and Orsborn set an early marker and were untroubled in beating the Dry River combo of Niel Hendriks and Zac Chang 4-1 4-2. The talented teenagers followed that with a tough 5–4 4–2 victory over the Martinborough pair Chris Wilkie and Matt Nicholson and wrapped up the maximum points with a 4–1 4–2 defeat of Duncan Oakley [Ōpaki] and Quintin Larkin [Martinborough].

Hendriks and Chang bounced back from their first-round hiccup to score wins over Oakley and Larkin [5-4 4–1] and Wilkie and Nicholson [5–4 4–5 10–8] in a super tiebreaker.

Wilkie and Nicholson’s sole win came in the first round, a 5–3 4-0 defeat of Oakley and Larkin.

The third round will be played on Saturday at the Dry River red clay courts south of Martinborough.

Points after
two rounds

Carterton 38; Martinborough, Dry River 35; Ōpaki 19

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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