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January 28, 2019

Six for Sam as Max retains

The 2019 Northumbria County Closed Champions were crowned on Sunday at Tynemouth with many familiar and some new faces claiming the titles.

Sam Ward made it six women’s titles with a win over Emma Gregson while Max Forster fended off David Barnett’s attempt to regain the men’s title as he won for the second year in a row.

Jon Evans again won two titles, retaining his M55 crown and adding the M60 as he beat first Glenn Ward and then defending champion Ronnie Freeman on a typically busy day for the Welsh wizard. Peter McLeod, who lost out to Jon in last year’s M45 final, took the top prize this year and along with Simon Cliff retained the Doubles title.

Gill Millington took the Women ‘s O40 title in an all-Tynemouth final against title-holder Louise Robertson, who nevertheless went on the claim the E Grade crown.   Angus Forster made it a family double as he won the B Grade while Sam Sweeney and Neil Roberts were the C and D champions.


W40:   Gill Millington  3-1 Louise Robertson       8-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-7
M60:  [1] Jon Evans 3-1 [2] Ronnie Freeman   11-4, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8
M55:  [1] Jon Evans 3-0 [2] Glenn Ward                     11-7, 17-15, 11-5
M45:  [1] Peter McLeod 3-0 [3/4] Charlie Ponente       11-9, 11-6, 11-4

B:  Angus Forster 3-1 Nathan Dobson            8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 13-11
C: Sam Sweeney 3-0 Lewis Cruz                             11-7, 11-9, 11-8
D: Neil Roberts 3-2 Shaun Hood         13-15, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11
E: Louise Robertson 3-1 Neale Pattinson       11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5

DBLS:  McLeod & Cliff 
2-0 Garner & Doran                      11-4, 11-8
R/B:  Simon Long 3-0 John Thompson                     11-9, 11-6, 11-8

LADIES:  [1] Sam Ward 3-0 [2] Emma Gregson                11-5, 11-5, 11-5
MEN:      [2] Max Forster 3-1 [3/4] Dave Barnett     11-8, 12-14, 11-5, 11-7

Plate Champions:
A: Dave Jackson, B: George Frewing, C: Steven Rutherford, D: Henry Darragh, M45: John Armstrong, M55: Tim Shield, M60: Mike Cherryman, Ladies: Amy Rowell, R/B: John Armstrong

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