Durham, Saturday/Sunday, 24-25 February 2018
STOP PRESS At this year’s North of England Open, with a record-breaking entry, Dan Tristao retained his Singles title, which he has now won 5 times, by beating Will Ellison in the final. In the Doubles Dan Tristao and Dave Butler combined to regain the title they won in 2015, beating Will Ellison & Dan Grant, who had held the trophy for the past two years.
Julian Hanton won the Singles Plate from Alex Wordley, the University Club captain, while John Sellar & Archie Taylor won the Doubles Plate for the Club, beating George Marshall & Tom Wakelam.
Several members of the City of Durham Fives Club — of both sexes and aged 11 and upwards — took part in this year’s competition, swelling the numbers and gaining valuable and inspirational experience.
Singles (The Ferens Trophy)
1st round: G.Marshall bt Al.Wordley 12-11; J.Tilston bt D.Law 11-1; J.Aquilina bt O. McIntyre 11-2; T.Watkinson bt J.Sellar 11-2; J.Smith bt B.Rich 11-0; D.Butler bt K.Mendelson 11-1; A.Taylor bt J.Hanton 11-9; P.Hanton bt E.Wardle 11-2; R.Murby bt J.McIntyre 11-0; S.Russell bt C.Beattie 11-5; A.George bt S.Tustin 11-1; T.McCahon bt W.Hosking 11-6
2nd round: D.Tristao bt Marshall 11-1, 11-0; Tilston bt H.Buchanan 11-3, 11-1; Aquilina bt Watkinson 12-10, 6-11, 11-1; Butler bt Smith 11-4, 11-1; D.Grant bt Taylor 11-4, 11-3; Murby bt P.Hanton 10-12, 11-3, 11-2; Russell bt George 11-3, 11-1; W.Ellison bt McCahon 11-2, 11-0
Quarter-finals: Tristao bt Tilston 11-5, 11-2; Butler bt Aquilina 11-7, 11-0; Grant bt Murby 11-2, 11-3; Ellison bt Russell 11-4, 11-3
Semi-finals: Tristao bt Butler 11-5, 11-8; Ellison bt Grant 11-6, 11-9
Final: Tristao bt Ellison 11-6, 11-9
Plate: J.Hanton bt Al.Wordley 11-0, 11-3
Doubles (The Fuller Cup)
Preliminary round: C.Beattie & S.Tustin bt B.Marville & E.Wardle 15-3
1st round: W.Ellison & D.Grant bt Beattie & Tustin 15-3; J.Hanton & R.Murby bt G.Marshall & T.Wakelam 15-5; S.Russell & Ad.Wordley bt D.Law & J.Sissons 15-1; P.Hanton & J.Tilston w/o J.Allan & C.Shepherd; J.Aquilina & H.Buchanan bt S.Beattie & O.McIntyre 15-4; J.Smith & T.Watkinson bt B.Rich & W.Hosking 15-0; A.George & T.McCahon bt J.Sellar & A.Taylor 15-13; D.Butler & D.Tristao bt P.Bracken & J.McIntyre 15-1
Quarter-finals: Ellison & Grant bt J.Hanton & Murby 11-8, 11-7; P.Hanton & Tilston bt Russell & Ad.Wordley 11-5, 11-2; Aquilina & Buchanan bt Smith & Watkinson 7-11, 11-9, 11-3; Butler & Tristao bt George & McCahon 11-1, 11-9
Semi-finals: Ellison & Grant bt P.Hanton & J.Tilston 11-1, 11-8; Butler & Tristao bt Aquilina & Buchanan 11-1, 11-1
Final: Butler & Tristao bt Ellison & Grant 11-4, 11-9
Plate: Sellar & Taylor bt Marshall & Wakelam 11-4, 11-8