Monday, 02 August 2021

Three in a row for Willis

JEREMY WILLIS retained his Sonning Common and Peppard club championship singles title following a well-fought competition.

JEREMY WILLIS retained his Sonning Common and Peppard club championship singles title following a well-fought competition.

In all, 16 players battled it out in three events — singles, handicap singles and handicap doubles.

In the singles Willis beat Derek Wavell and Nigel Maltby to reach the semi-finals where he saw off a spirited challenge from Danny Dockree to win 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9.

In the lower half of the draw Carol Chiu beat Matt Stone 11-9, 11-9, 11-7. In the semi-final she faced Paul Treadgold who had gained a surprise first round victory over Keiman Chau. Treadgold beat Chiu 15-13, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7.

In the final Treadgold caused Willis plenty of problems with his attacking shots but the title holder held on to win his third successive singles title 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 12-10.

In the handicap singles Danny Dockree won through to the final with wins against Phil Turton, Willis and Chiu. There he faced Matt Stone who had recovered from 15-20 down in the third to beat Derek Maltby 17-21, 21-19, 23-21 before beating Treadgold and then a tiring Tim Raby 13-21, 21-10, 21-10.

The final was an exhibition of thrilling attacking play from both Dockree and Stone. Dockree’s starting handicap of plus four saw him take the first 21-12, Stone hit back to take the next 21-18, before Dockree produced an almost faultless deciding game to win 21-13.

Raby and Treadgold won the handicap doubles event, beating father and son partnership Derek and Simon Maltby (plus four) 14-21, 21-12, 21-17.

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