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Matches go the distance

Carterton White retained their lead in the Shirley Corlett Trophy despite their first loss of the Wairarapa regional one pre-Christmas interclub competition – to Martinborough Black on Saturday.

Ed Wilkie gave Martinborough Black the early lead with a straight sets 6-3 6-2 victory over Josh Hutchings in the battle of the number twos.

William Day evened the score after coming from a set down to beat Shane Colton in a super tiebreaker 0-6 7-5 10-5. Colton and Wilkie were untroubled in the doubles, strolling to a 6-0 6-2 win over Day and David Heard.

The win moved Martinborough Black to nine points, five behind Carterton White, and kept alive their chances of making the final, with further points to be included after the completion of the doubles from the disrupted first-round fixture with Opaki White, which they are leading 2-0.

Opaki Red had their first win of the championship beating the understrength Carterton Black 2-1 in another fixture that went the distance.

Carterton’s Corey Spooner defeated Chris Davidson, and Opaki’s Brett Dymond beat Andi Steinemann to set up a decisive doubles match. Davidson and Dyond made sure of the points, beating Spooner and Steinemann 6-4 in the third set.

Carterton Maroon stay in second after they beat Opaki White 2-1 and are a point behind Carterton White.

Provisional points:

Carterton White 14, Carterton Maroon 13, Carterton Black 10, Martinborough Black 9, Martinborough Blue 3, Opaki Red 3, Opaki White 2.

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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