Club Championships 2018
(1) Handicap Doubles played on Monday 23rd of April
Eight pairs competed in two groups of four pairs.
In Group One, Patrick Cox and Tony Monteiro finished unbeaten, closely followed by Chris Parmar-Saville and Shirley Pickering.
In Group Two, John Underwood and Mike Smith also finished unbeaten, but didn’t find things too easy at times and were pressed by Dean Jordan and Abraham Lam.
So Patrick and Tony will meet John and Mike in the final.
(2) Open Singles played on Tuesday 24 of April
In a field of seventeen entries, Karen Smith, Reza Kiani, Les Baker and James Lancaster topped their groups and will contest the semi-finals on Finals Night the 8th of May.
Karen’s group included two of the club’s fast improving youngsters, Michael Spence-Durrant and Brajesh Patel who performed pretty well, but learned how difficult it is to get the better of Karen.
(3) Ladies, Junior Girls and Cadet Girls Singles played on Thursday 26th of April
Karen Smith beat Shirley Pickering (retaining her title), there was no Junior Girls event, and Roma Morjaria won the Cadet Girls Singles.
(4) Handicap Singles played on Monday 30th of April
16 players contested this popular event, with Vishaal Sharda, Patrick Cox, John Underwood and Rod Pickering making the semi-finals. Patrick and John will meet in the final.
(5) Junior Boys Singles played on Tuesday 01st of May
There was a good entry of twenty boys forming four groups of five players, and some excellent matches ensued. Oscar Bentley and newcomer Michael Spence-Durrant met in the first semi-
final and the ball took a bit of a hammering as both boys attacked with some ferocity. Michael edged home 11-9 in the fifth game.
In the second semi-final Vishaal met Brajesh PateL, the current holder of the title, and this was another battle, Brajesh eventually going through.
(6) Veterans Singles played on Thursday 03rd of May
A smallish turn-out of ten players didn’t detract from some excellent play. Reza Kiani and Les Baker will contest the final, Les having ended Karen’s challenge in a very close match, 12-10 in the fifth game.
(7) Mixed Cadet Singles played on Saturday 05th of May
An excellent entry of thirty two players (sadly reduced to thirty one as one player didn’t turn up) created a really good atmosphere, and emphasized the quality of many youngsters who are “on our books” and who benefit from regular coaching. The event is played to a finish (including the final), and Oscar and Michael S-D crossed swords again, this time Oscar coming out on top 2-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-9.
FINALS NIGHT TUESDAY 08 MAY
Junior Boys Singles
Brajesh Patel 14 7 8 11 11
Michael Spence-Durrant 12 11 11 9 8
Brajesh retained his title but not without a problem or two. He squeezed through the first game, lost the next two and Mikey looked on course to be the victor.
However, Brajesh improved his performance and took the next two games. Mikey is only 12 years old and will be a tough opponent for other juniors in this event for several years to come.
Patrick Cox (1) 21 21
John Underwood 16 8
Patrick was in great form, and despite all John’s efforts and some super shots, he had to yield to the better man on the night.
Patrick/Tony Monteiro 21 15 21
John/Mike Smith (1) 12 21 17
As the score suggests, after the first two games there was no clear winning pair on the horizon. All the players had made positive contributions both in attack and defence. Probably the third game was won by Patrick playing very consistently (as in the singles) and Tony adding the occasional but extremely effective outright winner.
Reza Kiani 11 11 9 11
Les Baker 1 5 11 9
Clearly Les struggled to get his game going and despite stopping the rot in the third game was still some distance from his best and Reza ran out a comfortable winner.
S/F 1. Mikey 5 3 11 7
Les 11 11 8 11
Mikey ((standing in for Karen Smith who was poorly) played very well, and even grabbed a game, but Les’s greater ability and experience saw him through.
S/F 2. Reza 5 11 11 11
James Lancaster 11 8 4 4
Game one was perhaps the highlight of the night. James was brilliant, and his serving and hitting virtually blew Reza away. The latter managed to steady the ship and finished the set well on top.
FINAL. Reza 11 11 11 11
Les 7 7 13 8
As in the Veterans final, Reza was in charge for most of the match and thoroughly deserved to be this year’s Club Champion.