Lam­ing­ton ruin Trafal­gar’s fi­nals bid

TEN­NIS

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Two pen­nant ten­nis knock­out semi­fi­nals played last Satur­day lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions, high­lighted by Lam­ing­ton’s up­set win over Trafal­gar.

Trafal­gar had fin­ished the qual­i­fiers first and Lam­ing­ton last.

But in a clas­sic bat­tle, Lam­ing­ton held a two-rub­ber lead with two matches re­main­ing.

Su­per tie-breaks were re­quired but with match hon­ours split, Lam­ing­ton ad­vanced to this week­end’s fi­nal.

For the win­ners, Paul Kenny beat Neil Ayre, 6-3, and Ben Walker up­staged Corey Young, 6-1. In Trafal­gar’s camp, Heather Lav­ery en­joyed a 6-1 win over Molly Drew.

The com­pe­ti­tion’s sec­ond and third-placed teams, Fimis­ton and Pic­cadilly, clashed in the other semi­fi­nal.

Pic­cadilly held match point in a dou­bles rub­ber, but when a sim­ple volley was missed, Fimis­ton swooped.

It forced the game into a tiebreaker, with Fimis­ton suc­cess­ful.

Fimis­ton’s Lorin Monck fought back from 1-4 to beat Si­mon Ayles, 7-5, and 13-year-old Nico Fouche beat Jim Cree­don, 6-3.

Pic­cadilly’s best were Al­bert Wong, beat­ing Marni Richter in three sets, and Pav Grodecki who was a 6-4 win­ner over Ben Glatz.

Lam­ing­ton meet Fimis­ton in Satur­day’s fi­nal, with a play-off for third be­tween Pic­cadilly and Trafal­gar.

Pic­tures: Louise White

Neil Ayre in ac­tion dur­ing the semi­fi­nals last Satur­day, with Lam­ing­ton de­feat­ing Trafal­gar.

Ben Walker

Molly Drew

Mi­lan Nathoo

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