Final proves one match too far for Henry after return from injury
The more experienced players in the Stamford and Rutland League competed for the Veterans’ (over 40 years of age) and Superveterans’ (over 60) trophies at Northborough.
For the Veterans, players were divided into two groups, with the top two from each progressing to semi-finals.
At the group stages, all matches were played as the best of three games and, in Group One, Ralph Rogers won the first leg of the evening 11-5 against reigning champion Dave Needham, but Needham managed to win the next two 11-7.
Needham beat Malc Holley and Richard Henry in straight sets to win the group and, in the match to decide runner-up, Henry beat Rogers in two exhausting deuce games.
In Group Two, no-one remained unbeaten as John Buck beat Steve Williams, who beat Denise Jacobi, who beat John Buck.
With Vic Hoffman winning a set against Williams, Jacobi was announced winner of the group by virtue of beating Buck in the head-to-head. Buck progressed to the semi-finals as runner-up, leaving Williams disappointed.
Needham won his semi-final against Buck 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 while Henry recovered from losing the first end to defeat Jacobi 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 in the second semi-final.
Returning from injury, the final proved one match too far for Henry as Needham proved far too strong and consistent, winning it 11-7, 11-2, 11-5.
The Superveterans was played as a round robin event and the key match – the final one of the evening - was played between Needham and Ralph Rogers.
As reigning champion of this competition as well, Needham was determined not to allow Rogers a strong start on this occasion and prevailed 11-7, 11-4.