The Pot Luck Doubles took place at Diss High School on Tuesday 12th November 2019.
It was quite a disappointing turnout with 16 players going into the entry draw.
It was decided that the event would commence with two groups of 4 doubles partners, with each playing everyone else in that group. This would decide a winner and runner up from either group who would then contend the semi finals.
In the first group, which had the following pairings:-
Alan Worthington and John Bryant , Chris Jones and Alan Connolly , Francis Webb and Maurice Hammond, Jonathon Mortlock and Peter Neale.
Alan & John v Francis & Maurice. The result was:- 18-16, 11-13, 6-11, 11-9, 7-11. Winner Francis & Maurice.
Chris & Alan v Jon & Peter. The result was:- 11-5, 11-8, 11-5. Winner Chris & Alan.
Francis & Maurice v Jon & Peter. The result was:- 11-4, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6. Winner Francis & Maurice.
Alan & John v Chris & Alan. The result was:- 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 5-11. Winner Chris & Alan.
Alan & John v Jon & Peter. The result was:- 11-7, 11-4, 11-5. Winner Alan & John.
Francis & Maurice v Chris & Alan. The result was:- 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9. Winner Francis & Maurice.
The winner of the group was Francis and Maurice with Chris and Alan runners up.
In the second group, these were the pairings. Stephen Meredew & Billy Howe, Arthur Wildish & Paul Mortlock, Ben Harker & Alan Levine, David Mortlock & John Smith.
David & John v Alan & Ben. The result was:- 2-11, 7-11, 5-11. Winner Alan & Ben.
Arthur & Paul v Stephen & Billy. The result was:- 11-5, 11-8, 11-9. Winner Arthur & Paul.
Arthur & Paul v David & John. The result was:- 13-11, 11-3, 11-9. Winner Arthur & Paul.
Stephen & Billy v David & John. The result was:- 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9. Winner Stephen & Billy.
Alan & Ben v Stephen & Billy. The result was:- 6-11, 11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 11-2. Winner Alan & Ben.
Alan & Ben v Arthur & Paul. The result was :- 11-4, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4. Winner Alan & Ben.
The winner of the group Alan and Ben and runners up Arthur and Paul.
So then to two very closely fought semi finals.
The first featured Francis and Maurice against Arthur and Paul.
Initially it was Francis and Maurice who took the first two sets 11-9 and 11-4 but Arthur and Paul made a concerted comeback with Arthur delivering some exceptional forehand loops helping the pair to take the next two sets 11-9, 11-5. So it was into the fifth set once again. However Francis and Maurice proved to strong and won the fifth set 11-6.
Winner of semi final one Francis and Maurice.
The second semi final featured Chris and Alan against Alan and Ben.
This was another very close affair with a lot of close rallies which again went to 5 sets, with Chris & Alan taking the fifth 11-8.
Winner of semi final two Chris and Alan.
So the final was between Francis and Maurice v Chris and Alan.
The second time this evening the pairing had met and on the first occasion it had been Francis and Maurice who won in the fourth set.
However Chris and Alan were to get their revenge and won the final 11-9, 11-9, 12-10.
So the Pot Luck Doubles Champions for 2019 are Chris Jones and Alan Connelly