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Clarke digs in to win

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Clarke digs in to win

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ABBIE “PLAYBOY” CLARKE was forced to get serious to progress in the Barbados Public Workers’ Cooperative Credit Union’s Monarchs Of The Court Road Tennis Tournament at the Big Rock Arena, Spring Garden, on Saturday night.

Playing with the steely resolve which has epitomised his sporting career, Clarke had to dig deep before coming from behind to defeat fellow former Barbados table tennis player Rodney Wood 21-19, 23-21 in their first-round match.

It climaxed a night when five “sows” were shared as some of the losers should have been playing for bicycles rather than the two Kia Rio cars on display, which are the first prize for the men’s and women’s champions.

Clarke, 42, who is best remembered for winning the Islandwide and “A” Class titles on the same night more than a decade ago, as well as losing an all-Bajan singles’ final in the Caribbean Championships to Robert Roberts in Guyana in the 1990s, showed his fighting qualities to prevail over Wood, a former Caribbean Under-20 singles’ champion. (EZS)

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