North West Open Championships
Y Club, Manchester, January 16/17th 2016
Reigning National singles and doubles champion Will Ellison had a perfect return to Manchester – the scene of his first National singles championship in 2014 – winning both the singles and doubles titles in the first Open event of 2016.
He took his second North West singles title with a win over Ed Kay, who did very well to reach the final, recording his first win over Dan Grant in the semi-finals. However, Dan didn’t go home empty-handed, as it was he who partnered Will to the doubles title, winning the championship in two very close games against the new partnership of veteran Hamish Buchanan and Cambridge student Ben Beltrami.
Finally, special mention must go to Marcus ‘Plate’ Bate, who lived up to his nickname by winning both the singles and doubles plates.
(Full report to come)
1st round: Hanton bt Sinton 11-1, 11-6; Aquilina bt Bate 8-11, 11-7, 11-6; Beltrami bt Widdop 11-0, 11-2; Kay bt Jourdan 11-3, 11-0; Murby bt Fox 4-11, 11-5, 11-3; Boyd bt George 11-7, 12-10
Quarter-finals: Ellison bt Hanton 11-4, 11-2; Beltrami bt Aquilina 11-7, 11-3; Kay bt Murby 11-0, 11-0; Grant bt Boyd 11-5, 11-4
Semi-finals: Ellison bt Beltrami 11-8, 11-7; Kay bt Grant 11-5, 12-10
Final: Ellison bt Kay 11-4, 11-2
1st round: Boyd & Jourdan bt Lidiard & McKinney 11-0; George & Hanton bt Widdop & Sinton 11-2, 11-1; Aquilina & Kay bt Bate & Murby 11-0, 11-4; Beltrami & Buchanan bt Beswick & Roberts 11-3, 11-2
Quarter-finals: Ellison & Grant bt Boyd & Jordan 11-7, 11-4; George & Hanton bt Widdop & Sinton 11-2, 11-1; Aquilina & Kay bt Bate & Murby 11-0, 11-4; Beltrami & Buchanan bt Beswick & Roberts 11-3, 11-2
Semi-finals: Ellison & Grant bt George & Hanton 11-7, 11-2; Buchanan & Beltrami bt Aquilina & Kay 11-9, 11-8
Final: Ellison & Grant bt Buchanan & Beltrami 11-8, 11-8
Plate: Bate & Murby