Club Championships Day 2 - 16 May 2019
Graham and Elroy triumph in Doubles
The annual Club Championships continued on Thursday with the Open Doubles. Seven pairs competed and were initially split into two groups. The winners and runners-up in each group then qualified for the cross-over semi-finals.
Top seeds Razvan Bucur and Igor Liiko won all their three matches in Group A although they were taken into a fourth game by Ludo Montiel, winner last week of the Veterans' Singles, and Zsolt Varga. Ludo and Zsolt claimed the runners-up spot in the group but all three of their matches required a fourth game to decide the outcome. Third place was taken by Tony Hotson and Alexi Zubrenhov and fourth place by Walter Aldridge and Bhopinder Toor.
Second seeds Graham Trimming and Elroy Hull won Group B although Michal Garski and Keith Hall did take game 3 before the seeds exerted their grip with an 11-0 scoreline in the fourth game. Michal and Keith beat the 12-year old starlets Anna Piercey and Rachael Iles for the runners-up spot.
Razvan and Igor were made to fight all the way against Michal and Keith in their semi-final but eventually secured their spot in the final with a 3-2 win. Meanwhile, Graham and Elroy lost the first game to Ludo and Zsolt but recovered strongly to win 3-1.
The final result was a reversal of the seeded positions, won by Graham and Elroy over Razvan and Igor 3-1.
The Championships continue next Thursday (23rd) with the Open Singles and the Junior Singles on Bank Holiday Monday (27th).