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Parkites’ winning streak snapped at 7


QPCC (Queen’s Park Cricket Club) Parkites suffered their first defeat and leaders Solo Crusaders won an exciting top-of-the-table clash on Thursday night in the Caroni Zone Invitational Team Table Tennis League.

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N’Kosi Rouse won both matches as Crusaders edged PowerGen 3-2 at their base in Diamond Vale Community Centre, Diego Martin. The teenager began the fixture with a shocking 11-2, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10 triumph over the country’s ninth-ranked player Anson Lowkie, and he came back to whip Catherine Spicer 11-9, 11-7, 12-10 in the deciding match.

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What added significantly to the value of the second victory was that national champion Spicer had stunned Andrew Alexander 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4 to level proceedings at 1-1. Crusaders‘ top player bounced back later to upset Lowkie 11-3, 8-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-3 to force the decider, after Rod Singh had defeated Express reporter Kwame Laurence 6-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-8 to give the visitors’ a 2-1 lead. Crusaders have nine victories from ten fixtures and have amassed 19 points, two more than PowerGen, who have won seven from ten.

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After winning seven straight to begin the competition, Parkites were without their A1 player Shermar Britton, and their win-streak was ended 3-1 by Arima Hawks at Arima West Government Primary School.

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Arun Roopnarine drew first blood for the hosts by beating top-ranked female Brittany Joseph 11-5, 11-7, 11-9, and the country’s third-ranked player came back to finish the job 11-9, 11-7, 11-3 over teenager Joshua Maxwell. Rawle Parsons claimed the other point for Hawks by edging former top under- 15 player Daniel Henriques 119, 8-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-3, right after former Carenage Blasters player Maxwell had defeated Wayne Oudit 11-4, 11-3, 8-11, 11-8 for 1-1.

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It was the sixth victory from nine fixtures for Hawks as they joined Parkites and Blasters in third place on 15 points. Last year’s Caribbean under-18 silver-medallist Luc O’Young won both his matches as

Blasters got past D’Abadie Youths 3-1 at PowerGen, Port of Spain

After struggling before finally avoiding the upset 14-12, 10-12, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6 against Sherdon Pierre to level proceedings at 1-1, the country’s sixth-ranked player came back two matches later to seal the deal 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8 over fellow A1 player Everton Sorzano

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SUBSCRIBE/ LOG IN Just before, O’Young’s younger brother Nicholas had defeated Carlisle Cleveland 11-8, 11-6, 11-6

D’Abadie picked up their only point when Sorzano whipped under- 17 player Nicholas Lee 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 in the opening match. Blasters have won seven of eight, while D’Abadie have amassed 13 points and are in joint eighth place with TSTT, who have the same record (four wins from nine fixtures) after whipping Couva Gardens A 3-0

Arima Table Tennis Club earned their fifth victory-from nine fixtures- when they overwhelmed the struggling Warrenville Youths 3-0 to join Warrenville United in sixth place on 14 points

Action will continue over the next two weeks to conclude the first round. The 14 teams are competing in two rounds (home and away) of round-robin action in and the champs should be crowned at the end of April