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The Kinnaird Cup final took place at Eton on Sunday March 28th and was won by James Toop and Matthew Wiseman, who defeated holders Tom Dunbar and Peter Dunbar 3-1 (12-7, 15-12, 9-12, 12-8) in a hard-fought and fantastically high quality match.
The early stages of the 2010 Kinnaird Cup took place at
None of the seeds were overly troubled in the first round, but elsewhere in the draw there were some cracking encounters, with Mike Skjott and Jonny Saunders beating the Bhattacharya brothers 14-13 in the fifth game and Nick Bunyan and Merlin Goldman cunningly taking the strategic decision to concentrate on the plate by losing 13-10 in the fifth game to young Cholmeleians Joe Marks and Charlie Noble.
14 of the 16 seeded pairs made it through the second round. The two to fall were the Ipswichian Fletcher brothers, who lost a gruelling five game match to the promising Shrewsbury School pair of George Thomason and Jack Hudson-Williams and the scratch pairing of Stewart Fautly and Andrew Joyce, who had the misfortune to be drawn up against Old Westminsters Giles Coren and Ed Rose, out to prove that they should have been seeded in the first place. This they did, but not without a fight as a scoreline of 12-9, 12-13, 15-13, 15-13 demonstrates. Any suggestion that Stewart and Andrew were distracted at key moments by the Union Jack vest sported by Giles is, of course, completely unfounded.
A pleasing consequence of the large entry was that the Last 16 had more strength in depth than in any Eton Fives tournament of recent years. The top seven seeds all made it through in straight games; some of the spectators had their eye on the Richard Tyler/Dave Mew versus Anthony Theodossi/Ryan Perrie match as a possible upset, but the Tyler and Mew combination had too much quality and nous for the younger pair and they won in three games. The only upset to the seedings was the defeat of eighth-seeded Cholmeleians Guy Chapman and Niifio Addy by Will Sorrell and Rob Beenstock. Mention should also be made of the
The generally held view of those present was that the top three seeds would continue to cruise through the draw at the quarter-final stage. This proved to be the case for the
The semi-finals took place at
The final was held at
This was Matthew and James’s third Kinnaird win as a pair and James’s fourth in all. This final also marks something of the end of an era, with work commitments taking Peter Dunbar away to the
T.Dunbar & P.Dunbar (1) beat W.Sorrell & R.Beenstock (9) 3-0 (12-7, 12-7, 12-5)
J.Reynolds & D.Foster (5) beat E.Taylor & A.Walters (4) 3-1 (12-7, 12-9, 8-12, 15-13)
H.Wiseman & S.Cooley (3) beat P.Cohen & P.White (3) 3-0 (12-1, 12-8, 12-11)
J.Toop & M.Wiseman (2) beat R.Tyler & D.Mew (6) 3-0 (12-2, 12-4, 13-12)
T.Dunbar & P.Dunbar (1) beat J.Reynolds & D.Foster (5) 3-0 (12-5, 12-3, 12-6)
J.Toop & M.Wiseman (2) beat H.Wiseman & S.Cooley 3-0 (12-0, 12-0, 12-1)
J.Toop & M.Wiseman (2) beat T.Dunbar & P.Dunbar (1) 3-1 (12-7, 15-12, 9-12, 12-8)
As always, the Pepperpot Trophy produced some excellent Fives and some close contests. To reach the final requires playing a lot of Fives over the course of the weekend, and the two pairs who made it through provided a classic contest of youth versus experience. Nick Bunyan and Merlin Goldman got off to a slow start, losing the first game against St.Olave’s Under 16 pair Tony Barker and Harry Ravi. Nick and Merlin then gained a toehold in the match by claiming the second 13-12 before the Olavians won the next game 12-6. A combination of experience and sheer bloody-mindedness then gradually turned the match the way of Nick and Merlin; they won the fourth 12-8 and the fifth 12-1 as Harry and Tony’s excellent challenge finally faded.
Plate B was won by Old Carthusians Alex Burrows and Justyn Comer, who beat Olavian pair Luke Stradwick and Sam Eglund-Newby in the final.
Plate A – Pepperpot Trophy
N.Bunyan & M.Goldman beat T.Barker & H.Ravi 3-2 (6-12, 13-12, 6-12, 12-8, 12-1)
A.Burrows & J.Comer beat L.Stradwick & S.Eglund-Newby 3-0 (12-5, 12-9, 12-9)
The Sunday Festival attracted the usual eclectic mix of entrants and provided an enjoyable day’s Fives for all concerned. The final was between the Aldenham pair of coach Josh Rose and schoolboy Carl Rennie and Spencer Chapman and Justin Byam Shaw of
J.Rose & C.Rennie beat S.Chapman & J.Byam Shaw 2-0 (12-6, 15-12)