2002/03 Alan Barber Cup

Mark Williams reports:

Ten teams produced a side in this year's competition, and the four seeded sides reached the semi-finals.


Old Edwardians could not produce a third pair, and so once the Cholmeleians had won the first pair easily, the second pair was conceded with the Cholmeleians 2-1 up. In the other semi-final, Old Olavians and Old Salopians won the first and third pair 3-0 respectively, and the match hung on an intriguing encounter between the Walters brothers (Tony and Jacob) and Howard Wiseman and David Mew. Olavians won the first game, but the Salopians played with great spirit and determination in a splendid match to win the next three games.


In the final, all three games at first pair were close, but Cholmeleians Ed Wass and Alec Varma shaded all three. At second pair, Salopians Mike Hughes and Mark Lascelles were too strong for their opponents. Once again the Walters brothers held the key, and in a match much admired by the twenty or so spectators for its high standard both of Fives and fair play, they found themselves 2-1 down to Niifio Addy and Shanu Rasheed. The Salopians played the more positive Fives to win the fourth, but the fifth was desparately close and inevitably reached sudden death. The Cholmeleians served three times for the match before the more attacking play of their opponents finally won the day. Congratulations to the Salopians for their third triumph in this competition, and a special word of praise for Tony and Jacob Walters, who won both of the key matches to win the tournament.


First Round (14 November):

Old Aldenhamians beat Old Berkhamstedians 2-1

Old Etonians beat Lancing Old Boys 3-0

Old Ipswichians beat Old Carthusians 3-0

2nd Round (12 January):

Old Aldenhamians lost to Old Olavians at Aldenham - 1-2

G Pulsford & J Rose lost to J Toop & D Mew 5-12, 2-12, 10-13

J Knowles & A Tennant lost to H Wiseman & E Anderson 2-12, 3-12, 3-12

P Lindon & S. Randall lost to S Ranasinghe & C Jewkes 12-8, 5-12, 2-12, 12-4, 15-12

Old Cholmeleians beat Old Ipswichians at Highgate 3-0

E Wass & J Halstead beat M Graves & G Hoskins 12-7, 12-2, 12-2

N Addy & D King beat S Woolfries & S Burnell 12-6, 12-3, 12-1

Old Ipswichians failed to produce a third pair

Old Edwardians beat Old Etonians at Highgate 3-0

J Mole & R Tyler beat S Barber & A Illingworth 12-3, 3-12, 12-7, 12-10

C Friend & R Mason beat T Dawson & R Horne 12-3, 12-8, 12-4

Etonians conceded 3rd pair on the day.

Old Salopians beat Old Harrovians at Shrewsbury 3-0

Old Harrovians conceded all three pairs

Semi-finals (Eton 9 February):

Old Cholmeleians beat Old Edwardians 3-0

E Wass & J Halstead beat R Tyler & C Friend 12-4, 12-2, 12-4

A Varma & D King beat R Mason & P Knowles 6-12, 12-6, 12-7 ret

Old Edwardians conceded the third pair

Old Salopians beat Old Olavians 2-1

M Hughes & E Taylor lost to J Toop & M Wiseman 4-12, 4-12, 10-13

A Walters(Jun) & J Walters beat H Wiseman & D Mew 6-12, 12-9, 15-14, 12-9

M Lascelles & G Gow beat S Fautly & P White 12-8, 12-8, 12-6


Final (Eton 2 March):

Old Salopians beat Old Cholmeleians 2-1

E Taylor & I Hutchinson lost to E Wass & A Varma 8-12, 11-13, 10-12

M Lascelles & M Hughes beat J Halstead & D King 12-8, 12-3, 12-3

A Walters(Jun) & J Walters beat N Addy & S Rasheed 6-12, 14-12, 7-12, 12-8, 15-14