A full field of 16 players took advantage of the fine weather and fast courts to take part in this National Series tournament on 22nd May 2019.
Seeds predominated in block play with Linda Gavigan (Chichester and Fishbourne), Bruce Bennet (Edinburgh) and Dr Edwin Bone (Eynsham) proceeding to the knockout stage with 3 straight wins each. They were joined by Tony Meredith(Wrest Park) who defied his ranking to also record 3 wins and the remaining places were taken by Glynis Davies (Northampton), Sheila Beal(Leighton Linslade) and Peter Jones(Wingrave) with 2 wins each, and a very fortunate Terry Collis(Wrest Park) with one win but a one hoop advantage on countback.
However, this was a game of two halves. Terry promptly dispatched Linda 7-3 and Bruce 7-0 to gain a place in the Final. He was joined by Edwin who defeated Glynis 7-4 and Sheila 6-5.
Terry's winning streak continued and he beat Edwin 7-5. The pair will meet again at the National Final at Cheltenham in September, as Edwin had already qualified by winning the Surbiton C-Level.
Bruce beat Sheila 7-3 to gain 3rd place. Jill Branham (Wingrave) won the Plate with 3 straight wins. The tournament was ably managed on the day by Richard Skidmore, assisted by Rob Chatwin and the state of the lawns was a credit to the groundstaff especially John Bevington and George Collin.
1. Terrence Collis
2. Dr Edwin Bone
3. Bruce Bennet
4. Sheila Beal