NATIONAL DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Alleyn’s School, Dulwich, April 11/12th
Will Ellison and Dan Tristao lived up their top seeding by winning their first National Doubles Championship as a pair – although it was neither’s first national doubles title, Will having won for the last two years with Charlie Brooks, while Dan partnered Dan Grant to the title in 2012.
Their win this year came at the expense of Tom Dean and Ed Kay, who pushed them hard in the find. In fact, they were in the lead no less than three times in the first game of the final before the eventual champions took it to 11. The second game then followed the same pattern, with plenty of see-saw rallies before Will and Dan sealed the title with a 15-10 win.
First round: Bate/Murby bt Cavanagh/Hatton 15-7,7-15,15-9; Aquilina/Waller bt Carr/Sulkin 15-3,15-6
Quarter-finals: Ellison/Tristao bt Bate/Murby 15-7,15-10; Arnold/Beltrami bt Parker/Russell 15-7,15-10; Buchanan/Perry bt Butler /Hawke 15-4,15-11; Dean/Kay bt Aquilina/Waller 15-4,15-7
Semi-finals: Ellison/Tristao bt Arnold/Beltrami 15-10,15-3; Dean/Kay bt Buchanan/Perry 15-11,15-12
Final: Ellison/Tristao bt Dean/Kay 15-11,15-10