Andy Pringle and Conrad Davies both made the journey to Marlborough College for the ever-enjoyable National Veterans’ championships – although both only played in the doubles.
Sadly, Conrad’s original partner had to withdraw, but a new partner was found and they won through to the quarter-finals – where they had to face Andy, who was defending the title he had won with John Minta for the last two years.
Sadly for Conrad, although John was injured and unable to play, Andy had found a more than adequate replacement: multiple champion Hamish Buchanan. And, so the resulting match went according to the seedings, with top seeds Andy and Hamish winning through – and then going on to reach the final.
That was a match against local heroes Tom Kiggell and Jim Hughes, and it was the best match of the day, with guile, power and great sportsmanship on show from both pairs.
There wasn’t much to choose between the pairs, but in each of the final’s two games, Tom and Jim suffered a crucial lapse in concentration, during which they conceded a run of five or six points.
That allowed 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.