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Lionel Coles had a great Andover Closed Tournament getting through to four finals. Unfortunately his luck ran out as he did not win any of them. In the Open Singles he stood a very good chance against Andy Barnes whom he had beaten on three previous occasions. Whilst it was very close he eventually lost to Andy 11-8, 10-12, 9-11, 11-5 & 9-11. In the Veterans Final he came up against the defending champion Richard Fettes and lost in three games 15-17, 7-11 & 8-11. Lionel had a mountain to climb in the Handicap Singles, coming up against a very good young player in Adam Lockington, who started each game on +16, so only had to get 5 points to win the game. Whilst Lionel had the experience to grind out a result, his opponent played very steadily and did not throw away points easily. Adam learnt from the first game, going down 19-21, but recovered to take the next two 21-14 & 21-16. Having previously been defeated in the Open Doubles, Lionel then had to contest the Mixed Doubles with his partner Jill Cook against last seasons champions Zac Hine and Jessie Yi. This was a thoroughly entertaining game which was unfortunately marred by service faults, players playing out of order and some umpiring mistakes. The champions just managed to hold on to their title when winning 14-12, 7-11, 11-7, 8-11 & 11-2.

In the Division 2 Singles last seasons runner up, Andy Farmer, managed to go one better when he defeated Karl Jones 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 & 11-8.  

The Ladies Singles was hotly disputed between team mates, with last seasons champion Marie Dyke up against Nicky Downs. The experienced Marie held off a spirited effort from Nicky to hold on to her title, winning in five games 11-7, 7-11, 11-4, 9-11 & 12-10.

In Division 1 Hanson A managed to play two matches on one night, being defeated by two man Tigers 4 – 6 and recording a good 9 – 1 win over Hanson Lions. Tigers won thanks to three from Andy Snellgrove and two from Malcolm Cummins. The shock in this match occurred when Peter Henderson beat Malcolm (undefeated for several seasons) in five games 12-10, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7 & 13-11. In the Lions match both Peter Henderson and Josh White recorded three wins apiece, while Dan Geary managed two. For Lions Zac Hine was the only winner when he defeated Dan 11-4, 12-10, 8-11, 9-11 & 11-9. 

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