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St Thomas reach road tennis semis

St John definitely wasn’t feeling the Christmas spirit when they came up against St Thomas in the National Sport Council’s Inter-Parish road tennis championships yesterday morning.

Playing in Superlative, St George, St John wasn’t in a “giving mood” as they swept aside their opponents in the “B” class division, and are just one win away from also winning their veterans’ encounter.

Seasoned veteran, Winston “Ballies” Padmore started the ball rolling for St John when he brushed aside St Thomas’ Sean Jordan 21-17, 21-10 in their “B” class contest.

Winston “Ballies” Padmore won for St John in the ‘B’ class.

Winston “Ballies” Padmore won for St John in the ‘B’ class.

His partner Fredrickson Gill then lost the opening set 19-21 to Decoursey Beckles, before battling back to win the second 25-23.

The two players then decided not to play the decisive set, as Gill had already earned the necessary points for St John to advance to the semifinals.

There they will face much tougher opposition, though, when they meet Christ Church’s duo of Victor “Earth” Ward and Randy “Cat” Yearwood.

St John’s veterans’ team also has one foot in the semis, after Wendell “Duck Flu” Husbands defeated Anderson “Chef Andy” Smith 21-19, 10-21, 21-15.

St Thomas, the defending champions in this division will be counting on Ricky “Body Doc” Hoyte to bail them out of trouble.

In a rescheduled match, Hoyte will come up against Anthony “Noss” Edwards tomorrow night, in what is expected to be an exciting contest.

With St Thomas unable to field an “A” team, it meant St John’s pair of Adrian “Dan” Skeete and Anderson “St George” Sealy were given a bye to the semifinals.

In other matches also slated for tomorrow night at the same venue, St Philip will battle against St Michael in the veterans and “B” class divisions, before the competition restarts in the New Year.

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