Sunday, April 21, 2024

Hinds, Gaskin to clash in final

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The Bush Hall Dungeon Road Tennis competition could very well be renamed No Country For Old Men.
Dario Hinds and Darius “Barracus” Gaskin made sure the “B” class final will be an all-junior affair, after booking their spots with comfortable victories at the Deighton “Pa” Roach Tennis Centre on Wednesday night.
Hinds was at his clinical best in a 22-20, 21-11 demolition of arch-rival Emar Edwards, while Gaskin, the Under-21 Inter-Parish champion, was just as ruthless in a 21-19, 21-16 win over Simon Bayne to set up a showdown on Monday, Heroes Day.
And if their play during their semi-final matches is anything to go by, fans are in for a real treat in the final.
There was simply nothing Edwards could do against an on-fire Hinds, who did very little wrong, especially in the second set.
Still, the first set was competitive with Edwards battling back to lock the score at 17 having trailed for the majority of the contest.
But after fighting back to deuce the game at 20-20, two consecutive unforced errors allowed Hinds to take the opening set.
The second set though, was all one way traffic as a confident Hinds upped the tempo, rushing out to a 5-0 lead.
Edward’s brief fightback which saw him claw to within one (5-6), was quickly ended when Hinds produced two superb forehand crosscourt winners to help extend the lead back up to five (10-5).
Edwards never got any closer the rest of the way, with Hinds punching the air in excitement after his opponent sent a backhand long to end the contest.
Gaskin then thrilled the crowd with some scintillating forehand winners and backhand drags which Bayne had no answer for.
Bayne did keep things interesting in the first set, drawing level at 19-19, before Gaskin ended any hopes of an upset with two thunderous forehand smashes.
Spectators were actually cheering on Gaskin to sow Bayne in the following set after he quickly jumped out to a 9-1 lead.
But Bayne used his solid backhand to creep back into the match, getting within four (12-16).
However, it was as close as he would get, as Hinds duly closed out the game to set up a clash with Hinds.
Tyrone “Lebron” Carter and Rudy “National” Gill will face off in the Dungeon final after recording hard fought victories.
Carter downed Ronald Chapman 21-17, 21-18 and Gill overcame Carlos Chandler 21-16, 17-21, 21-16 in their semi-final matches.

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