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Martin Granger Brown wins Veterans' Championship - Full Report

[<<] [>>] by Hamish Hall at Budleigh Salterton
21 June 2008 (AC - Championships)


The Rothwell Challenge Cup (The Veterans' Championship) was won by Martin Granger Brown, with Don Gaunt as runner up.
The Pidcock Trophy (over 75s championship) was won by Janet Overell, with Richard Wainman as runner up.
The Felixstowe Cup (advanced singles) was won by Richard Jackson, with Robert Bateson as runner up.
the Strickland Club (handicap singles)was won by Julie Horsley, with Peter Miller as runner up.
The Meredith Cup (unrestricted handicap singles) Rosemary Bradshaw, with Peter Miller as runner up.
The Longman Trophies (Sussex Trugs)for handicap doubles was won by Dennis Moorcraft and Richard Wainman, with Richard and Pat Jackson as runners up
The Gilbert Spoons (handicap doubles) was won by Martin Granger Brown and Rosemary Bradshaw with Jack and Barbara Thompson as runners up.


A combination of watered lawns and longish grass produced sluggish courts, some more so than others, with the result that there were only 4 TPs in the entire week. But the Rothwell cup was in contention right up to the final round. Could Roger Jenkins beat Don Gaunt, who had only lost to Alan Lynton, who in turn needed to win against Martin Granger Brown, whilst if Cliff Jones overcame Roger Hayes, the final outcome might have had the result decided by the Sonnerborn Berger method on quality of wins. Happily for the Manager, Roger beat Don 24TP and Martin had a longer close run game winning by 5, thus becoming the outright winner with 6 wins.

The Over 75s Pidcock Trophy was retained by Janet Overell on the who beat who rule, with Richard Wainman and Hamish Hall all having four wins. Possibly had Gordon Weir not set out to win all his games with a triple, the result would have been somewhat different! Classes C and D each had 12 entries, with two blocks. In the final for the Felixstowe Cup Richard Jackson beat Robert Bateson three on time - par for the course, as only two of their 11 games had finished with a peg out.

The D Class handicap singles was an all Sidmouth affair, with Julie Horsley scraping through 1 on time against Peter Miller, who had been in the Open handicap in the morning final against Rosemary Bradshaw, but suffering a similar fate , 3 on time.

The Doubles was the usual war of attrition with Dennis Moorcraft partnering Richard Wainman, overcoming Richard and Pat Jackson, who carelessly called for their final bisque after time was called!! An error that could have cost them the game In the Y, the local crowd were hoping that six bisques would enable Jack and Barbara Thompson to win through against the Rothwell and Meredith cup winners. Alas, they remained in form, and Martin and Rosemary took home the Gilbert spoons.


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