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Martinborough demolish Carterton to take regional 1 lead

Martinborough flexed their muscles with a 7-2 demolition of Carterton on Sunday to take the lead in Wairarapa regional one interclub.

The fixture was delayed a day to allow the Matinborough grass courts to dry out further, and the conditions suited the home side, as they won four of the six singles, played in the reverse-singles format, and made a clean sweep of he doubles.

Shane Colton blitzed an out of sorts William Day 6-0 6-1, ending Day’s unbeaten singles run this season.

Chris Wilkie overcame an early break of serve in the third set to wear down Matt Spooner 6-3 2-6 7-5 in match that lasted well over two hours.

Ed Wilkie defeated Andi Steinemann 6-2 6-1, and Katherine Jacobs recovered from a set down to beat Susie Barnes 2-6 6-2 6-1.

Carterton’s only points came from Josh Hutchings, who beat Quintin Larkin 6-2 7-5, and Laura Crawford, who got the better of Marta Wojcikowski 6-3 6-3.

In the doubles, Chris Wilkie and Colton cleaned up Day and Spooner 6-3 6-2. Ed and Rick Wilkie were taken to a super tiebreaker in beating Hutchings and Steinemann 6-3 5-7 10-3, and Jacobs and Wojcikowski were too good for Barnes and Crawford, winning 6-1 6-4.

Martinborough lead the standings on 22 points, followed by Carterton on 17 and Opaki on four.

Opaki host Martinborough on Thursday night and back up away to Carterton on Saturday.

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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