Stockham claims scalp of Leamington singles champion
The first day of the Leamington Closed Championships took place at St Nicholas Leisure Centre in Warwick last Sunday with several events played to their conclusion, writes Phil John.
However most finals will be played tomorrow at Kenilworth Wardens, including the men’s singles which featured 13 groups.
St George’s provided four of the group winners and Mark Jackson, winner over clubmate Ron Vose in the quarter-finals, will face Ryan Stockham (Rugby), who overcame reigning champion Lee Dorning, in the last four.
The other semi-final will feature another St George’s player in Lawrence Sweeney who defeated Lillington Free Church’s Timmy Cooper in the last eight.
Sweeney takes on Rugby’s Ryan Lines, who beat Free Church no 1 Deepak Chandrababu to reach the last four.
The ladies’ final will be between Colebridge’s champion Kate Hughes and Free Church junior Olivia Fletcher.
Hughes beat Rugby junior Milly Bradshaw and Fletcher defeated county junior team-mate Lisa Rinnhofer, both in straight games.
In the men’s doubles, Mark Jackson and Sweeney took their semi-final against Cooper and Dorning 11-7 in the fifth and will face Lines and Stockham in the final after they beat the unseeded Free Church pairing of Mark Bolshaw and Dave Ramsey to 10, 7 and 6.
The women’s doubles was played out with Hughes and Rinnhofer sealing the crown against mother and daughter Tracey and Olivia Fletcher.
In the mixed doubles semi-finals, champions Hughes and Stockham had a scare when Emma Kilpatrick and Lee Dorning (Free Church) took them to 11-8 in the fifth. Lines and Bradshaw will provide the opposition in the final after a similarly narrow victory against the Rinnhofers.
The youth singles final will be between Dorning and Sweeney. The former squeezed past Cooper 11-9 in the fifth in his semi and the latter accounted for Weaving in four.
The under-13 girls’ event was played as a round-robin with Milly Green coming first and fellow Free Church member Eleanor Fletcher second.
The under-11 events were also all-Free Church affairs. The boys played in a round- robin with Eduardo Bolanos taking first place ahead of Ben Holding. Eleanor Fletcher defeated Erin Darwen in the girls’ final.
Mark Jackson defeated Vose in the veterans’ final and Will Fletcher beat Colebridge’s John Overton in the over-70s’.
There were 64 entries in the handicap and it was another all- Free Church final with Josh Yarrow pipping Bolanos.
The grade 5 singles was also played on the day with Bolanos defeating Nicholas Ho.
In the under-13 boys’ singles, Josh Yarrow was a surprise finalist after he defeated Rugby’s Daniel Burgess but he fell in straight games to Bolanos.
Also playing tomorrow: Singles: Junior boys’: Timmy Cooper v Lee Dorning. Junior girls’: Olivia Fletcher v Lisa Rinnhofer. Under-15 boys’: Jack Green v Ricardo Bolanos. Under-15 girls’: Emily Beasley v Milly Green. Over-60s’: Paul Calloway v Phil Paine.
Parent/child doubles: Nilton and Jack Green v Tom and Jeff Harris.
Grade 1 final: Mark Jackson v Lawrence Sweeney. Grade 2: Jack Green v Tom Harris. Grade 3: Milly Bradshaw v Lisa Rinnhofer. Grade 4: Dan Burgess v Ged Kuprys.