Marl­bor­ough keep Mal­colm Shield

Nelson Mail - - SPORT - TEN­NIS

Marl­bor­ough’s ju­nior ten­nis team proved too strong for Nel­son as they suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing the Mal­colm Shield for the sixth con­sec­u­tive year on Sun­day.

Marl­bor­ough com­pleted a con­vinc­ing 14-2 win in the an­nual 14-and-un­der ju­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive fix­ture in Blen­heim and made a strong start, tak­ing a 4-0 lead af­ter the first dou­bles leg.

Nel­son’s top boys’ pair, Harry Pugh and Har­ri­son Kroos, put up a con­vinc­ing fight against Marl­bor­ough’s Os­car Parkin­son and Os­car Sand­ford-Jury be­fore go­ing down in the third set tie breaker 1-6 7-6 6-10.

The sec­ond sin­gles leg pro­vided some out­stand­ing ten­nis, giv­ing Nel­son a lit­tle hope with Harry Pugh storm­ing ahead to take the first set fairly eas­ily. How­ever, Marl­bor­ough’s Os­car Sand­ford-Jury fought back lev­el­ling the score urg­ing Pugh on to dom­i­nat­ing the final set and the win 6-1 3-6 6-0.

Maia Kin­in­month won Nel­son’s sec­ond sin­gles tie 7-5 7-5 in a gritty bat­tle against Marl­bor­ough’s Ella Sow­man.

With vic­to­ries in six of the eight sin­gles clashes, Marl­bor­ough quickly made sure the shield was go­ing nowhere, lead­ing 10-2 be­fore be­gin­ning the mixed dou­bles matches.

As they did in the dou­bles, the home com­pletely dom­i­nated the mixed, pro­duc­ing a flaw­less dis­play to sweep all four matches and wrap up the tie.

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