Bourne Tennis Club held their men’s and ladies’ doubles championships which were full of surprises but ended with predictable winners.
In the men’s doubles, John Timson and Clive Moody were favourites to win an 11th consecutive title and they swept through the group stage with the loss of just three games over four sets to make the final.
There were three pairs with hopes of joining John and Clive in the final, but Alex Yung and Matt Hassall’s hopes were dashed by a 2-6 loss to Iain Ross and Tony Gauci that was closer than the scoreline suggests. They then lost 3-6 to qualification favourites Michael Gauci and James Westgate to condemn them to fourth spot.
All four pairs enjoyed wins over the event’s fifth entrants, father-and-son pair John and Jake Stanley, but the debutants managed to avoid four whitewashes by taking a game from Alex and Matt to ensure they would not go home empty-handed.
The match of the tournament, though, came between Michael and James’ pairing and the more experienced Iain and Tony.
Both pairs knew the winner of that match would stand the best chance of making the final, and slight underdogs Iain and Tony crept into a promising 3-5 lead.
However, Michael and James hauled their way back into the match by winning the next three games before dropping the next to take it into a tiebreak.
Buoyed by having staved off a comeback, Iain and Tony swept through the tie-break to win 7-6 (7-1) and book their place in the final.
John and Clive were naturally favoured to win the final and they took the first set with ease, but Iain and Tony stayed resolute in the second and almost managed to claim it.
In the end, though, John and Clive continued their incredible run of success in this event with a 6-1, 7-5 win.
In the ladies’ doubles, a record seven pairs entered and the group stages were full of close games before two enthralling semi-finals.
The finalists, though, proved to be last year’s champions Lisa Gauci and Caroline Stimson and slight favourites Helen Whitfield and Merryn Kelby.
All four players were previous winners of this event so it promised to be close, but Helen and Merryn showed their class to win 6-2, 6-3 and put their names back on the trophy.