Four in a row for Louise & Ollie at the Winchester FIves Mixed Doubles

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Malvern College, Worcestershire
Sunday, 21st May 2023

Louise Mathias and Ollie Arnold succesfully defended their title at the Winchester Fives Mixed Doubles, making it four in a row. In the final they beat Shinan Zhang and her partner Penn Chai, having won a tough three-game semi-final aganist Eton Fives Ladies Champion Karen Hird and her partner Lewis Keates. In the Plate Helena Tunks & Ashwin Ahuja came through against fellow Cambridge players Holly Nugent & Sarthak Garella, with Sarthak eventually having to retire with severe cramp after the exertions of a tough Plate semi-final. Organiser Shinan was delighted to see several players new to the buttress game and to have chosen a day where the sunny spring weather allowed a picnic on the superb Malvern College grounds. Warmest thanks to the College and to Chris Thomas for hosting the event.

Results (Ladies’ names first)

Pool A: 1st L Mathias & O Arnold 88 pts; 2nd S Leboff & E Thursfield 72 pts; 3rd M Gibbons & C Davey 67 pts; 4th H Brown & J Garratt 52 pts; 5th J McIntyre & B Kirk 43 pts
Pool B: 1st S Zhang & P Chai 66 pts; 2nd K Hird & L Keates 54 pts; 3rd H Tunks & A Ahuja 39 pts; 4th H Nugent & S Garella 27 pts 

Semi-finals: Mathias & Arnold bt Hird & Keates 14-16, 15-7, 15-9; Zhang & Chai bt Leboff & Thursfield 15-3, 15-8
Final: Mathias & Arnold bt Zhang & Chai 15-4, 16-14

Semi-finals: Nugent & Garella bt Gibbons & Davey 15-13, 15-11; Tunks & Ahuja bt Brown & Garratt 15-8, 15-7
Final: Tunks & Ahuja bt Nugent & Garella (rtd)

The four finalists Shinan, Louise, Ollie and Penn

Helena & Ashwin win the Plate

The Plate finalists

The trophies

The courts at Malvern College

Entry to the courts

Ashwin aiming down the left

All eyes on the buttress

Ollie Arnold serving

Emrys Thursfield going for the buttress

Louise in full flight

Joe Garratt attacking

Chris Davey in action