Last Tuesday, an expectant crowd at Crusaders Club were entertained by the Lincoln and District Doubles Finals events.
Opening match was the LADIES DOUBLES FINAL between Sylvia Tyler and Louise Hart against Sally Riggall and Alkisti Olympiou.
Alkisti and Sally got off to a fine start winning the first two games 11-3, 11-7, but were then pegged back in the third game by 7-11. A very close fourth game with some excellent cross court hitting by Sally being the key, which took Alkisti and Sally to victory by 11-8 and the 2015 crown as champions.
Next up was a Mixed Doubles semi final between Sylvia and Jack Bradley against Louise and Mick Johnson. Sylvia & Jack easing home by 3-0.
Second Mixed Semi involved Alkisti & James Wynne against Sally and Jack Blyth, with a 3-0 win for Alkisti and James.
The eagerly awaited PICK AND MIX Final was next and the key was game two. The match was played by the old and new combination of Jack Bradley and Andy Wignall against Mick Johnson and James. Game two was a magnificent game of hit, counter attack, cunning service and magnificent defence but fell to Jack Bradley and Andy. The match result being a 3-0 victory for them.
The highlight match of the evening was the Mixed Doubles final. Sylvia and Jack winning game one by 12-10, Alkisti and James levelling in game two by 11-6 then back to a 11-9 edging in front by Sylvia and Jack. A big press by James and Alkisti swept the next two games and a 3-2 win in a magnificent Final.
Premier event of the evening was to be the MENS Doubles Final was between Colin Walters (in his first final) and Andy against the young tyros of Jack Blyth and Alasdair Fuller. First game for the older players by 11-9 but then the younger pair levelled up 11-8. Colin then showed all his power and cunning short serves to help Andy yet again to a Lincoln Doubles final victory.
A large audience were royally entertained by this splendid doubles evening. Well done players.