Two tight scorelines marked the latest round of the Marlborough Tennis Association’s Wine Brokers NZ premier competition on Wednesday.
Both games were decided 5-4, Rapaura Wairau Noir defeating Marlborough Forrest Wines on the Rapaura grass courts and Rapaura Wairau Blanc overcoming competition leaders Renwick CPR at Pollard Park.
Noir took out two of the three doubles, Glen Cameron and Adrian Bryant winning, as well as Ross Charlton with Eveline Apthorp.
The singles were shared, with the Geris brothers, Luca and Jay, producing strong performances on the grass to keep the Marlborough side within range of victory.
However, Hamish McRae’s win over Hamish Morrow, plus late victories to Charlton and Apthorp saw the home side prevail narrowly.
In Blenheim, Rapaura Wairau Blanc took advantage of a depleted Renwick combination to pick up some valuable points.
Three matches were defaulted, putting Renwick well behind the eight ball from the outset, but Mieko Kimura and Daniel Riordan won the mixed and both prevailed in singles to keep the leaders in the game.
However, a double win to Ben Burridge and Hiro Kishida, plus a singles victory by Stephen Dempster saw Blanc take the win.
Standings after four rounds: Renwick CPR 58, Rapaura Wairau Blanc 43, Rapaura Wairau Noir 41, Marlborough Forrest Wines 29.
WK+ Presidents Grade results, 5 November 2019
Division 1: Grovetown Grove Tavern Top Shelf 2 (22) MTC Chilli 2 (25); Rapaura Just Move v Rapaura Wairau River (result not received); Rapaura Masters 4 MTC Power 0.
Division 2: MTC Volleyeurs 1 MTC Roger Townley Construction 3; MTC Swallows 0 Rapaura Pinot 4; Rapaura Matadors 2 (26) Rapaura Newhawkes 2 (20); MTC Swifts 4 Renwick Mighty Four 0.
Division 3: Renwick Netsetters 3 Grovetown Grove Tavern Turf & Tackle 1; MTC Tennis the Menace 2 (31) MTC Bjorn Again 2 (28); Rapaura Chardonnay 0 Renwick Rebels 4; Renwick Re-strung 1 Renwick Rookies 3.
Division 4: Renwick Racquets 1 Grovetown Grove Tavern Platters 3; Renwick Serve us a Double! 4 Rapaura Shiraz 0; Rapaura Vines a bye.