Marlborough’s table tennis fraternity have been busy over the past week with the interclub competition winding up and the annual Town v Country battle taking place.
The Town v Country Cup literally went west on Tuesday when Wairau Valley’s Peter Wells and his Country team beat their Town counterparts by 48-36.
After knocking on the door last year, Country tore the hinges off it this year with 20 of their 21 players winning singles and the other player claiming a doubles win.
Section 1 saw the province’s top players in action, with Town prevailing 7-5. Matt Millar and Matt Pigou won two each, while Town won the doubles 2-1. Nathan Watson was in good touch, winning his three singles comfortably.
Section 2 was very competitive with Zac Cowdrey, Josh Sim and Simon Bishell winning two each to give Country a 7-5 win.
Section 3 was won by Country 9-3. Billy Hebberd had to work hard to get his three wins, but produced his best shots when the pressure was on. Vanessa Wood-Lin won two singles and was just pipped 11-9 in the fifth by Kylie Hurren
Town took the fourth Section 8-4. John Diamanti led the way from the number one position with three wins.
Section 5 was won by Town 7-5. Peter Welsh continued his good inter-club form, picking up three singles and two doubles wins.
Country won Section 6 9-3 with left hander David Smith undefeated playing at number one.
Juniors were to the fore as Country won Section 7 by 9-3, Marlborough’s number two junior, Hannah Smit, winning three singles while Theo Sandford-Jury, a member of the Marlborough under-13 and under-18 teams, didn’t lose a set in his singles matches.
Meanwhile, the final destination of table tennis’s Tarrant Cup was decided in the last match between winners Jnr and Alex’s Team.
When the Jnr combination of Nathan Watson and Rory Osborne beat Alex Kennedy and John Diamanti in five sets on the final night the match score sat at six mates all, with games level at 22.
Eventually, Jnr gained the bonus point on a countback of points, ultimately shading their rivals by a single point, 399 to 398.
Earlier, Watson won his three singles, to give him 27 wins out of 27 starts in the second round.
Jnr (Nathan) 70, Unorthodox Rubbers (Simon) 68, Ken’s Team 65, Lost in the Woods (Jacqui) 63, Alex’s Team 59, Gone Loopy (Matt Pigou) 55, PJ’s (Jason) 54, Team Zac 53, Combination Fried Rice (Ping) 50, MSR (Matt Millar) 48
Player Statistics (Top 20)
The Top 6 have been brilliant all season with the matches between them being of high quality. All six players played for Marlborough in the South Island Teams in Christchurch in June. The Top 6 is a hard “club” to get into, as out of 250 singles matches that they played outside the Top 6, only one was lost.
Nathan Watson – first round won 26, played 27, second round 27/27 98%; Matt Millar – 25/27, 20/21 94%; Matthias Krönert 25/27, 3/3 93% (first round plus one match as fill-in in second round); Alex Kennedy 22/24, 24/27 90%; Jacqui Wood 23/27, 21/24 86%; Matt Pigou 17/21, 18/21 83%; Ping Muanwong 20/27 74% (second round only); Jason Kennedy 17/24, 20/27 73%; Ken Thompsett 19/27, 19/27 70%; Billy Hebberd 11/21, 20/27 65%; Simon Bishell 14/21, 11/18 64%; Jeff Sawyer 16/27, 17/27 61%; Zac Cowdrey 18/27, 24/27 59%; Josh Sim 13/24, 16/27 57%; Vanessa Wood-Lin 11/21, 16/27 56%; Warren Haszard 13/27, 12/21 52%; Rob Honour 14/27 ,14/27 52%; Kylie Hurren 14/27, 13/27 50%; Rory Osborne 11/24, 13/27 47%; John Diamanti 12/27, 10/21 46%.