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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Double Delight

Sunday 14 June - For those privileged to be there and for one young man in particular, the icing, the cherry and the candles all arrived at once in the East Midlands Regional Doubles at the Plough, Ratby. A strong entry featured many of our best players and included eight previous EMPA title winners and three fearless juniors. In a manner that has come to be known as 'doing a Germany' Dan and Simon squeezed into the semi finals on 'goal difference' from a clutch of teams on three wins. Up against the experience of ten times Regional winner Stone and the relentless pointing of Rob from the Air Hostess, they stared defeat in the face at 8-12 down but upped their game another gear. And 'the fat lady' held her breath. Saving countless 'match points' Dan and Simon clinched the deal, with the Pocket Rocket twice notching three consecutive hits under the ultimate pressure. Sporting lore dictates that anti-climax follows a hard fought victory - but this time the script went out of the window. Joe and Lisa had marched inexorably into the final as favourites with a 'perfect six' wins but their opponents did not allow them to settle. Saving their best til last, Dan and Simon calmly wrapped up the championship with blistering tactics and technical efficiency. Aged twelve and a half, Daniel is the youngest ever Regional title winner and will represent the East Midlands with Simon, Joe and Lisa in the national Champion of Champions Doubles on October 10