NATIONAL VETERANS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Marlborough College, April 7/8th
Defending champion Matt Cavanagh made it a hat-trick of Veterans’ Singles titles, while Andy Pringle paired up with Hamish Buchanan to take his third Doubles title in a row. For Hamish the win was consolation for defeat in the Singles final.
In both cases, the wins followed the seedings, and Matt was a deserving winner of the singles title, although there were plenty of hard fought games in the run up to the final. The doubles, too, saw a win for the top seeds, but the final was a great match, full of guile, power and great sportsmanship from all four players.
There wasn’t much to choose between the pairs, but in each of the final’s two games, local heroes Tom Kiggell and Jim Hughes suffered a crucial lapse in concentration, during which they conceded a run of five or six points. That allowed the more consistent Andy and Hamish to secure decent leads in both games, which they never looked like losing. In the end, they won 15-7, 15-7, securing a third successive title for Andy – and a sixth for Hamish.
Organiser John Hawke’s full report to come…