Renwick CPR have taken an early lead in the Wine Brokers Marlborough premier tennis competition after the second round was played on Wednesday.
Renwick scored a convincing 8-1 victory over Rapuara Wairau Noir while, in the other match contested last week, Rapaura Wairau Blanc comfortably downed Marlborough Forrest Wines 7-2.
The Renwick combination, with three members of the Sandford-Jury clan on board, made short work of their clash with the Noir combination, winning 16 sets across the nine games to their rival’s two.
Oscar Sandford-Jury and his father, Dave Sandford, beat Hamish McRae and Glen Cameron 6-3, 6-2 to get the ball rolling, then Chris Nott and Joseph Sandford-Jury downed Tony Fenemor and Adrian Bryant 6-1, 6-2 to clean sweep the men’s doubles.
The singles matches went the same way, except the women’s tussle between Renwick’s Mieko Kimura and Rapaura’s Eveline Apthorp, won by the latter 6-4, 6-4.
The other clash was more evenly poised at the halfway stage. Ant Walkenhorst and Stephen Dempster downed Hamish Morrow and Jay Geris 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 to win the No 1 men’s doubles, Hiro Kishida and Ivan downed Hamish Burrows and George Geris 6-3, 6-4 and Sandy Stubbs paired with Phil Sowman to overcome Ben Burridge and Pauline Fudge to give Rapaura Blanc a perfect 3-0 start. However Marlborough replied with two singles wins, to Walkenhorst over Morrow and Burridge over Jay Geris, to keep their hopes afloat.
But their resurgence was short-lived, with Rapaura finishing with four wins to wrap the points and move to a clear second on the points table.
Standings: Renwick CPR 32, Rapuara Wairau Blanc 22, Marlborough Forrest Wines 17, Rapaura Wairau Noir 12.
WK+ Presidents Grade results, 22 October.
Division 1: Grovetown Grove Tavern Top Shelf 2 (23) Rapaura Masters 2 (30); Rapaura Wairau River 4 MTC Power 0; Rapaura Just Move 2 (28) MTC Chilli 2 (30).
Division 2: MTC Swallows 1 MTC Roger Townley Construction 3; Renwick Mighty Four 1 Rapaura Newhawkes 3; MTC Swifts 1 Rapaura Pinot 3; Rapaura Matadors 1 MTC Volleyeurs 3.
Division 3: MTC Tennis the Menace 3 Grovetown Grove Tavern Turf & Tackle 1; Renwick Rookies 0 Renwick Rebels 4; Renwick Re-strung 4 MTC Bjorn Again 0; Rapaura Chardonnay 0 Renwick Netsetters 4.
Division 4: Rapaura Shiraz 4 Renwick Racquets 0; Grovetown Grove Tavern Platters 4 Rapaura Vines 0; Renwick Serve us a Double! had a bye.