Birmingham win The Wilmott Cup

English Leagues Cup Competition-Wilmott Cup (Men)

Champions Radek Mlynarczyk & Amann Ubhi (B,S&DTTA)

The eight finalists were split into two groups of four. Sheffield, Guildford A, Wembley & Harrow and Hull comprising Group A with Reading, Birmingham, Lincoln and Brighton battling it out in Group B.

The day started well for Hull with the team of Chris Clinton and Reece Lo defeating the number one seeds, Sheffield, in a close fought 3-2 win. The second round and Sheffield overcame Guildford A 4-1 with Guildford A going on to beat Hull 3-2. The count back showed Sheffield topping the group with Hull second and Guildford A third. Wembley  & Harrow fielded only one player so did not continue in the competition.

Over in Group B Reading had a fairly comfortable win over Brighton. Andy Wignall had a good start to Lincoln’s day by winning his two singles against Birmingham but the critical match was the doubles which Birmingham’s pairing of Amann Ubhi and Radek Mlynarczyk won, score 3-2 to Birmingham. Birmingham carried on their winning ways in the second round with a 5-0 win over Brighton although the match scores were closer than the result reflected. Andy Wignall took a sole win against Reading’s Hari Gehlot and Daniel Moses, 4-1 to Reading. Birmingham made it a hat trick of wins against the number one seeded team in Group B, Reading, and therefore were inthe play-offs for first and second place. In the other group match Lincoln worked hard for their 3-2 win over Brighton.

Last year’s finalist, Sheffield, against a Birmingham team whose league had not won the competition since 1978 when Desmond Douglas, Douggie Johnson and Derek Munt were the victors.  After a slow start to the day Birmingham improved in leaps and bounds, Radek Mlynarczyk defeated Mark Short in the first game, a similar result by Amann Ubhi (former Carter Cup winner) over Steve Horsfield and despite a fight back by Sheffield in the doubles the match went Birmingham’s way  giving them a 3-0 win and the title. Another silver medal for Sheffield. Hull exceeded all expectations to take the Bronze with a 3-1 win over Reading whilst Guildford A’s Chris Bush and Alex Forshaw had a close 3-2 victory against Lincoln’s Andy Wignall and Mike Thornley.

Wilmott Cup Final Positions:

  1. Birmingham
  2. Sheffield
  3. Hull
  4. Reading
  5. Guildford A
  6. Lincoln
  7. Brighton
  8. Wembley & Harrow
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