Angus Gillams beats Lyell Fuller to claim the Danny Gamble Open 2014 Title
Main Final: (2) Angus Gillams beat (3/4) Lyell Fuller 3-1 (9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-8)
Angus Gillams recovered from losing the opening set to England team mate, Lyell Fuller to take the next three games and the Danny Gamble Open title for the first time. Fuller started off strongly taking the first game 11-9. Gillams battled back and the 2nd was neck and neck all the way before Gillams was able to close it out with two winners in the tie break. The third saw Gillams assert himself, with his speed around the court and retrieving working to great effect as he drew a few errors from Fuller’s racket whilst throwing in a few winners in. The 4th was very close and again a few costly errors at the end of the game gave Gillams three match balls at 10-7. Fuller was able to save one but a winning drop in the final rally gave the match to Gillams and the title, which had been won by another England team,Richie Fallows, last year.
Plate Final: Pete Higgins (R) beat Henry Withrington (L) 3-2 (10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 5-11, 11-7)
Pete Higgins of West Worthing, capped off being handed an opening day 11-0 bagel (and 5 Jägers!) by eventual main singles winner,Angus Gillams to take the plate competition title against surprise opponent (massive understatement!), Canterbury’s own, Henry Withrington! Withrington had defied the odds to reach the final given the 3 day ordeal that he’d endured! Day 1 saw him take a racket to the eye courtesy of Stefan Stanton, 3 points into his first match, which resulted in a trip to the hospital for treatment and painkillers on the advice of no alcohol, further blows to the head or sports or strenuous exercise. Upon being discharged, Withrington, being a man of sound judgement, headed straight to club chemistry for a booze up (no alcohol!), was then subsequently punched in the face by a random drunk (no further blows!) before declaring himself fit to compete in the plate competition (no exercise) after having lost in the first round by default. Day 2 saw him made to down two dirty pints (average strength about 35% alcohol!) as a penalty for “failing to complete his first round match!” before going out once again for another booze up in town! Day 3 saw him survive a very painful plate semi final, edgingDaniel Barrs out 12-10 in the 5th to fall into the plate final against weekend drinking partner, Higgins. Both athletes pictured above!
All 5 games were highly entertaining but you couldn’t help but wonder, when Henry was eventually going to hold his hand up and say he’d had enough but he battled through to the last point but it was Higgins that edged out the match, 3-2 to take the plate title and the £60 plate prize. Withrington picked up a plate and £40 cash for his efforts in finishing runner-up, much to the amusement of the audience at the closing ceremony! Why bother with courts sprints when Jägers and jabs to the head seems to yield better results!
Pete Higgins – Danny Gamble Open Plate Winner 2014
Withrington, I’m told, has pledged to write a book on his methods for success and his first pillar or commandment states that:
Doubles Final: (2) Lewis Ryall / Sam Stabler beat (1) Ted Jeal / Joe Magor 3-2 (8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7)
Bromley duo, Lewis Ryall & Sam Stabler kept their unbeaten run going, beating top seeds and last year’s championsTed Jeal and Joe Magor in 5 entertaining games, with each game clearly going one teams way!. Ryall and Stabler had earlier survived a semi final scare going 2-0 down to Surrey Open Doubles Champions Steve Wykes & Pete Higginsbefore coming back to win a tight match 3-2. Jeal and Magor had beaten Copthorne duo, Jonny Jones & Sam Butler, 3-0 in the other semi final.
The pairs expect to resume rivalries in the Bromley Doubles Open on the 21st of June! see http://www.kentdoublescircuit.co.uk/events-BDO14.htm for more details!
That is all from me! Thank you too all that played in the singles, doubles, plate and drinking events and see you all at the next tournament!
Full results for the singles and plate can be found in the updated PDF’s of the draws attached to this report.