A titan has fallen
Road tennis big name defeated
The first “titan” has fallen in the Massy United Insurance Clash Of The Titans road tennis competition.
Well, a former “titan” really.
Charles McEnroe Griffith became the first big name to crash out of the lucrative tournament when little-known Dwayne Lynch shockingly defeated him, 21-19, 21-13 at the Villages at Coverley last night.
Lynch, a former national footballer and Division One cricketer, is making a comeback to the sport after being seriously injured in a vehicular accident five years ago.
Moving with a visible limp, he shook off some nerves early on, which saw him falling behind 5-10 to his more experienced opponent.
Those nerves quickly gave way to some superb shots, though, as Lynch began to attack Griffith, who was guilty of returning too many high balls, which his opponent gladly converted into points.
It allowed Lynch to lock the scores at 19, before a brilliant crosscourt forehand winner gave him his first lead of the game and eventually the opening set.
Unfortunately for Griffith – the holder of several Banks’ road tennis titles and a dominant force in the 90’s – that proved to be just the calm before the storm.
Lynch quickly raced out to a 5-0 lead in the second set, as he continued to power forehand shots past his beleaguered opponent.
It proved to be a deficit Griffith would not recover, with Lynch eventually easing to victory in straight sets.
Another veteran, Jeffery Borah Best almost suffered the same fate as Griffith, but he just managed to hold off an impatient Ivor Lashley, 17-21, 21-15, 21-19.
With Best battling a groin injury, Lashley, a towering six-footer, was able to take advantage of his opponent’s limited mobility to win the first set.
Best though was able to extend the match to three games, after converting a slender two-point lead (16-14) into an easy 21-15 victory in the second set.
With the veteran seemingly comfortably on his way to booking a spot in the second round, after storming to a 14-6 lead, a plethora of errors opened the door for Lashley.
He clawed back to get within five at 10-15, and then three at 16-19, before locking the scores at 19.
But Lashley, a former national volleyball player, dragged an ill-advised backhand into the net and then sent another backhand long, to give a limping Best the victory.
Just like Sunday’s opening round, the “sows” continued to flourish, with two players having the unenvied distinction of being “double sowed”.
Jerry Harris was in a no-nonsense mood as he dispatched Henderson Weekes 21-6, 21-6, while Terry Dottin was similarly savage on Simeon Harewood, handing him a 21-6, 21-9 beating.
Julian Snake Quimby also got in on the “sowing” action as he easily beat Leroy Best 21-11, 21-7.
There were also wins for Stig Merritt who defeated Wayne Grazette 21-15, 21-16, Simon Bayne who overcame Alex “Fire” Clarke, 21-14, 21-12, Sylvanus Doyle who eliminated Winston Ballies Padmore 21-18, 21-13 while Michael Mikey Jean had a hard-fought 21-11, 19-21, 21-15 victory over Anderson Chef Andy Smith.
Some of the “big guns”, including top ranked Mark Venom Griffith will take to the court tomorrow night when the second round begins.
Griffith will take on Allan Davidson, while the third-seeded Julian Michael Jackson White will come up against Ryan Hall in the night’s two feature matches.
In other games, junior Kyle King will play Kerry TC Francis, Edwin Darkman Ward will take on Shibbir Greenidge, Abbie Playboy Clarke will battle Emar Edwards, Lloyd Dickman Burke will come up against Darius Barracus Gaskin, Jim Haynes will meet Dario Hinds and Chesterfield Boy Boy Brewster will play Davian Forceripe Taylor.
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