T&RA Category C Open Championships
Moreton Morrell was delighted to welcome 18 players to the Category C Championships - 12 for the 25-29 section and 6 for the 20-24. In the latter, local 'boy' Philip Shaw-Hamilton found ex Hampshire cricketer James Hamblin too tough a proposition going down 4/6, 3/6. Another local Tom Lewis was below par in his match against Nick Baker who triumphed 6/3, 6/3. The first semi-final was an epic match between Freddie Dixon and James Hamblin- Hamblin took the first set relatively easily but the second was nip and tuck with Dixon scraping home 6/5, both players retrieving superbly. Dixon was in trouble in the final set but hauled his way back into the match to squeak through 6/5 in a two hour long match which played havoc with the overall schedule with play finishing at 10.30 pm! In the other semi Nick Baker struggled to find and consistency and succumbed easily to Charles Doyly 3/6, 0/6. The final was another long drawn out affair with Dixon cruising to a 6/0 first set win thanks to positive stroke play and effective railroad serving. The second set went in reverse - Doyly went 5/1 up only to take his foot off the gas which allowed Dixon to crawl back to 5/5 but then proceeded to gift points and lose the set. In the third set both players resorted to pushing the ball around probably due to weary limbs and minds with the score see sawing but Freddie Dixon held his nerve to win deservedly the Category C trophy for the second year running.