Maidenhead Closed Championships - 23/24 February 2019
Two titles for Ricky
The Maidenhead Closed Championships were held at Cippenham over the weekend and although the results were slightly disappointing from a Cippenham perspective, there were, nevertheless, a handful of champions amongst our players.
Ricky Hardcastle was the most successful, winning two events. In the final match of the weekend Ricky and Lucie Bouron held off the challenge of Gary Crick and Denise Rolfe to win the Mixed Doubles title. Ricky had earlier partnered Graham Trimming and reached the final of the Men's Doubles but were outdone at the last hurdle by Dave Croucher and Nick Sears. Ricky was seeded second in the blue riband event, the Men's Singles, but found third seed Gary Crick just too steady in the semi-final. Crick played exceptionally well all weekend and went home with a plethora of medals. It took only one match for Ricky to win the Tweenies' Singles on Saturday and he duly won gold against Chris Collins. Lucie Bouron also featured in a one-match event for the Ladies' Singles but was beaten on the day by Denise Rolfe.
The Veterans' Men's Singles proved a disappointment for second seed Graham Trimming who lost narrowly in the groups to Bruce Smeath but the consolation event was a success for the Club with Keith Hall beating Zsolt Varga in an all-Cippenham final. Keith was also runner-up in the Division 2 Singles to Chris Collins while Elena Tant was runner-up in the Veteran Women's Singles to Louise Forster.
There is always a fun event on the Saturday - a Drawn Handicap Doubles where partners are drawn each round from the winning players of the previous round. Dave Tant and Elroy Hull found themselves partnered for the final and duly won the event against John Scott and Mike Collins.