Deane proves too much for Ward
There was no light in the dungeon for Edwin “Darkman” Ward on Sunday night.
Lloyd Deane continued his impressive run in the “B” class division of the Bush Hall Dungeon Road Tennis competition when he downed Ward 16-21, 21-19, 21-12 to qualify for the quarter-finals, when action continued at the Deighton “Pa” Roach Tennis Centre.
Just as surprising as Ward’s participation in the tournament (he usually plays in the “A” class division) was his quick exit.
After comfortably winning the first set, he looked set on wrapping up a straight sets victory when he clawed back from 5-10 down, to take the lead at 13-12.
However, Deane refused to give up, and a powerful forehand crosscourt winner put him up 20-19, before he went on to take the set.
The decisive set was much easier for Deane, as this time, he never allowed Ward back into the game after rushing out to an early 10-4 lead.
Also booking their spots in the last eight were junior Emar Edwards and Anderson Smith.
Edwards advanced after registering an easy 21-6, 21-16 win over Richard “Danny Boy” King, while Smith was pushed all the way by Alexander “Fire” Clarke before emerging with a 21-18, 21-18 victory.
Rick “Body Doc” Hoyte survived some nervous moments before eventually pulling out a hard fought 21-17, 21-19 win over Anthony “Jack” Hall, and Darius “Barracus” Gaskin made light work of Winston “Ballies” Padmore 21-13, 21-15.
In the dungeon division, Rudy “National” Gill romped to his second successive win, a 21-11, 21-10 rout of Brian Alleyne, while Henderson Weekes eliminated Errol Edwards 21-14, 21-18.
Dwight “Munchy” Thornhill’s dream run in the competition came to an end when he was defeated 21-12, 21-19 by Carlos Chandler. (RB)