SuperCentre 21 into semis
SUPERCENTRE 21 were just too hot for De Sauna.
The Christ Church team booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Village Camp Shotgun Road Tennis Competition with a hard-fought, exciting 4-3 win over De Sauna yesterday at the Deighton “Pa” Roach Tennis Centre.
Their victory set up a final four showdown against the defending champions, the Belfield All Whites, but up to press time the results were unknown.
The other semi-final was set to be contested between Belfield Lions and Bush Hall Strikers.
SuperCentre 21 had looked set to easily advance after rushing out to a 3-1 lead in the best of seven series.
Women’s champion Kim Holder got them off to a winning start, whipping Sherene Ward 21-13, before De Sauna’s captain Dario Hinds pulled one back by crushing Simon Bayne 21-11.
Randy “Cat” Yearwood and Gary “Kojak” Thomas then put SuperCentre 21 on the brink of qualification with victories over Anthony “Baku” Simmons and Davien “Forceripe” Taylor, respectively. Yearwood, a virtual unknown, played solidly to down the wily Simmons 21-17, while Thomas survived three match points before rebounding to defeat Taylor 22-20.
In an enthralling match, Thomas battled back from 17-20 to lock the scores at 20 before Taylor committed a critical unforced error.
With his opponent at his mercy after being given an easy smash, Taylor opted for a drop shot instead, but the ball never made it over the net, gifting the point to Thomas. And Thomas took full advantage, winning the next point to close out the game.
However, Antonio Yearwood and veteran Leroy Best pulled out gutsy victories to even the series at 3-3, with impressive wins over Winston “Ballies” Padmore and Glen “Chicken” Harris, respectively.
It left the juniors to determine the outcome, and SuperCentre’s Ezekial Ward propelled his team into the semi-finals with an easy 21-6 win over Christopher Hall. (RB)