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Keen battle for final four spot

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Catherine Spicer of Invaders returns a shot against Marquez Hermas of GIMG All Stars on Tuesday night at the WASA Table Tennis Invitational Tournament. PICTURE RYAN BACHOO

Carenage Blasters moved two points clear at the top of the WASA Table Tennis Invitational Tournament on Tuesday evening with a 4-3 victory over second-placed Invaders. On the first table, wins for Invaders by Samuel Galvez and Barbados’ Trevor Farley gave them a 2-1 lead. However, on the second table, the Blasters players were fighting back for their club. Though Derron Douglas beat Nkosi Rouse in straight sets, victories for Nikoli Barbour-Alexis and Finn Bos forced the affair into a doubles final.

Galvez and Natalie Cummings represented Invaders with Aaron Wilson and Bos playing for Carenage Blasters. The latter romped to a 3-1 victory to seal a spectacular come from behind win. The ‘Blasters’ now lead the six-team table on 12 points. Invaders is in second on ten points.

WASA also enjoyed a relatively smooth night, rebounding from its loss against Foundation All Stars on Monday night to beat ICWI Gladiators. Guyana’s Shemar Britton spoiled what could have been a clean sweep from the WASA players. Britton beat Kenneth Parmanand 3-1.

However, WASA’s big names in Yuvraaj Dookram and Curtis Humphreys rose to the occasion. Its second table players also won all their matches as WASA moved to third on the table with seven points.

Their victory guarantees them a final four finish along with Blasters and Invaders. However, the Gladiators was not confirmed a semi-final spot on Tuesday evening. Sitting in fourth, it was just one point behind WASA. In fact, just one point separates each of the four teams in the lower part of the table.

GIMG All Stars piled more misery on WASA’s Developmental Team with an easy 4-2 victory. The developmental team won two of its three matches on the first table with only Michael Fong failing to win, but its second table players struggled.

Only Sanchez Mangaroo took a set off Edwin Humphreys. But for that, the other players failed to put up any firm resistance, and as such the All Stars were easy winners.

The finals of the team tournament are scheduled for tonight at WASA Sports Club in St Joseph. First serve is at 6pm.