The Andover Closed Tournament commenced on Friday with Cadets, Juniors and Ladies matches. In the Cadets final the No.1 seed Adam Shears put his league experience to good use, easily defeating newcomer Harry Rice 11-3, 11-3, 11-5. In the Juniors final No.1 seed and last years’ Cadets champion Nathan Shears had to play his brother Adam. This produced an excellent match with the more attacking Adam finally snatching victory by taking the match 7-11, 10-12, 8-11, 9-11. The Mixed Doubles produced a hard fought final with a lot of good rallies, culminating with victory for defending champions Richard Fettes & Sue Purton over Andy Barnes & Marie Dyke 18-16, 11-3, 13-11. The Ladies Doubles also saw the defending champions Marie Dyke & Nicky Downs secure victory 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 over Sue Purton & Val Fox.
In the main event on Sunday the Handicap Singles produced an interesting final between Peter Henderson and Val Fox. Peter had to start on -7 while Val started each game on 16 points. Unfortunately Val could not cope with Peter’s spin serves and eventually lost 19-21, 19-21.
Through to the finals are – Open Singles and Veteran Singles will be between Andy Barnes and Richard Fettes. Ladies Singles; Sue Purton v Nicky Downs. Div 2 Singles; Mark Pettengell v Mike Bonarius. Mens Doubles; Andy Barnes & Nick George v Richard Fettes & Eddie Shoemark. Handicap Doubles; Graham Audin & Mark Pettingell v Dan Geary & Peter Henderson.
All spectators are welcome at our Finals Night, held at John Hanson School on Friday 18th March commencing at 7.00pm, (entry free).
In Division 1 Hanson ‘A’ consolidated their third place with a heavy 30 – 2 defeat of two man Hanson Panthers. Dan Geary, Peter Henderson and Steve Rollason all won three for the ‘A’ side. Only Matt Carter managed some resistance when he took Dan to five games before losing 11-7, 7-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-3.
Enham went down 14 – 21 to Hanson Pidgeons in this Div 2 match, despite Pidgeons only having two players as Simon Prezeklasa yet again let them down. This setback did not stop Nathan and Adam Shears winning all their sets as well as the doubles. Nathan struggled to overcome the veteran Roy Horner, but eventually won 12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 6-11, 3-11.