Three club members made the trip to Marlborough for the annual President’s Cup tournament last weekend – and two came agonisingly close to winning silverware.
The three were Ben Hale, Helena Tunks and Dick Warner, and all but one survived tough first-round matches to reach the quarter-finals. That one was Dick, who was beaten by Helena and partner Ollie Arnold – who went on to join Ben in the next round.
Sadly, that was as far as Helena would get, but Dick was able to gain some satisfaction, going on to reach the final of the Mate’s Plate. He and partner Jamie Graham came close in the first game, but in the end lost out to Louise Mathias and Robin Perry – both with several national championships to their names, and the same pair who had ended Helena’s interest in the main competition.
That left Ben to fly the Executioners’ flag – and he did it with some distinction. They overcame the bogey pair of Louise and Robin, beating them in three games in the semis, winning a nail-biting second game 16-15 before clinching the match with a 15-1 win in the third.
However, the final proved to be a match too far, with the official report saying they were ‘exhausted’ by this stage. Mind you, there’s no disgrace in losing to a pair that combined the court craft and local knowledge of Marlborough master-in-charge Tom Kiggell with the youthful energy of Alleyn’s schoolboy Stuart Scott.
That concludes the club’s Fives action for this year, and we’ll retire to toast our (near) successes in 2020.