Mark “Venom” Griffith will play Dario Hinds in the semifinals of the Clash of the Titans Road Tennis Tournament at the Netball Stadium tomorrow night.
Griffith earned his spot for tomorrow’s battle after a comfortable 21-16, 21-11 quarterfinal victory over Marson Johnson last night at the Netball Stadium.
Griffith, who has been piling up wins, trophies and cash during the year, met with some resistance in the first set but showed in the second that they were a class apart as Johnson narrowly avoided a sow.
In the other quarterfinal last night Hinds got the better of Anthony Mitchell 21-13, 21-17.
Hinds seemed never to be in any danger of losing the game though Mitchell showed more fight in the second set. But his self-imposed lay-off for almost a year has meant some court rust and Hinds exploited it well with several lovely passing shots.
Julian “Michael Jackson” White and Curtis Jones had earlier won their quarterfinal matches on Tuesday night and will take on each other in the second semi-final clash.
In veterans’ action Rodney Lorde kept the torch burning for the Lorde family with a hard-fought victory over Ricky Hoyte. Hoyte won the first set 21-16 but Lorde responded in the second with some inspired play that saw him emerge victorious 23-21.
With all to play for in the decider, Lorde, whose sister Margot, had earlier been eliminated from the tournament,
delivered some scintillating shots to defeat Hoyte 21-17. He will play Glen Harris in tomorrow’s semis.
Peter Moore narrowly lost the opening set of his veterans’ match-up against Andrew Hinds 19-21 but showed tremendous resilience to take the next two sets 21-17, 21-14 against a tiring Hinds. He plays Jeffrey “Bing” Layne tomorrow in the semifinals. Both Layne and Harris had won their quarterfinal games on Tuesday.
In women’s action Cherene Ward recovered from the ignominy of a 4-21 sow to dismiss Susan Scantlebury 21-16, 21-18 in the other two sets. Ward will now play women’s champion Kim Holder in the semifinals. Holder’s last defeat on a tennis court in competition was to Abigail Haynes more than six years ago.
Last night Holder earned her spot in the semifinal with a comfortable victory over Juliet Worrell. Worrell got 15 points in the first set but then Holder put the gulf between herself and other female players in the island in perspective with a 21-8 victory in the second set.
Rachel Smith and Sheldene Waldron won their quarterfinal matches on Tuesday and will face off against each other in the semifinals tomorrow.
In juniors action tomorrow, Dario Hinds [no relation to the senior] will take on Akeem Nurse while Tyrell Bruce plays Shakeem Nurse. Justin Smith will battle Nicholas Ellis and Ezekiel Ward takes on Keshawn Haynes.