With one round still to play, the finalists have been decided in the 2019 Wine Brokers NZ Marlborough premier tennis competition.
Renwick CPR and Rapaura Wairau Blanc are well clear at the top of the standings, Renwick showing the way with 120 points from Rapaura on 94. Third is Rapaura Wairau Noir with 71 from Marlborough Forrest Wines on 64.
On Wednesday Marlborough belied their lowly placing with a tight win over Blanc, while Renwick eased past Noir 6-3.
A feature of the evening’s play was the number of closely-contested singles matches, in both ties.
The men’s doubles matches were shared in the Renwick v Noir clash, Hamish McRae and Hugh Robinson getting past Renwick’s Oscar Sandford-Jury and Chris Nott 6-3, 6-4, then Darin Herd and Joseph Sandford-Jury downing Tony Fenemor and Adrian Bryant 6-1, 6-3 to level the score.
Renwick’s Daniel Riordan and Mieko Kimura took out an abbreviated mixed doubles match when their opponents retired.
However, Rapaura bounced back, winning the top two singles. McRae beat Oscar Sandford-Jury 7-5, 5-7, 10-8 and Robinson downing Nott 6-3, 1-6, 10-5.
From there it was all Renwick as Herd, Joseph Sandford-Jury, Riordan and Kimura won their singles, the latter hanging on for a thrilling three-set victory over Eveline Apthorp.
Meanwhile, the men’s doubles were also shared in the Blanc v Marlborough clash. Marlborough’s Hamish Morrow and Cameron Lyons got up 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 over Lee Harborne and Ant Walkenhorst, then Stephen Dempster and Hiro Kishida downed Oscar Parkinson and Luca Geris 6-1, 7-5.
The mixed went Rapaura’s way, Ben Burridge and Donna Clark downing Pete and Sandy Stubbs.
However the singles were a different story, Marlborough prevailing in the top four match-ups to wrap up the tie.
Morrow, Parkinson, Lyons and Geris claimed wins, with the latter two matches decided over three tight sets.
The closeness of this tie was underlined by the fact Rapaura claimed the most set wins on the night, yet lost the match overall.
The final round is played on Wednesday December 11, with the final scheduled for December 18.