Of the ten teams (only) who turned out at Crowborough Social Club yesterday for Sussex Pétanque’s (SXP) annual Doubles Championship two were from our club: Gareth Jarvis and Tony Mann, David and Stephan Alfred (the usual suspects). Naturally, both were drawn in the same morning league of four teams while the other league consisted of six teams, all but the bottom team in each league qualifying for the Main rolling knockout competition (8 teams).
Both BHPC teams were drawn to play the first game in their morning league. After a titanic struggle lasting over 90 minutes, Gareth and Tony won 13-10 (holding off an exciting comeback by the Alfreds). Both teams got into the last eight. Whereas David and Stephan lost their quarter-final but went on to win their next two games to come 5th on the day, Gareth (on excellent shooting form all day) and Tony won both their quarter- and semi-final games to reach the final against the redoubtable Goldsmiths team, Jeff Mitchell and Herbie Edwards, to wit
From 11-6 (as in the picture) Gareth and Tony went on to win what was another hard-fought game game 13-9, and so become SXP doubles champions for the second time since 2012, a noteworthy achievement. Heartiest congratulations, boys!
Good luck to both teams who will represent SXP at the Champions of Champions Championship in October.
Upcoming SXP championships are: Over-50s on July 12 at PST, Triples on July 19 at Crowborough, Mixed Doubles on August 16 at PST and Singles on September 6 at Hastings.