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Three for Cann as Clark & Kellogg retain their title

Elizabeth Cann claimed her third National title in four years as she beat Tracey Hallam in straight games in the ladies’ final at the Velodrome.

Cann raced out to a big lead in the first game, and although Hallam closed the gap a comeback never really looked on. Cann led 6/2 in the second, but this time Hallam quickly caught back up, and took the lead at the interval.

From there it was neck and neck until 19-all, Cann usually the one to take a brief lead. The last rally, with Cann leading 20-19, was momentous, with Cann getting the better of it to retain her title.

Earlier Jonathan Clark and Donna Kellogg had retained their mixed doubles title with a comprehensive win over Robin Middleton and Liza Smith – both aim for another title later today.

Ouseph takes his first,
two for Kellogg & Clark …

Rajiv Ouseph denied Aamir Ghaffar his third title as the top seed took the men’s final in three games. Ouseph took the first but some determined play from Ghaffar and careless errors from Ouseph saw the score levelled.

Ouseph came out firing in the third though, reaching the interval at 11/1, and that proved too big a hill for Ghaffar to climb as Ouseph took his first senior National title.

In the women’s doubles Donna Kellogg and Tracey Hallam held a good lead in the first game but let it slip, losing it 22/24. The next two games were equally competitive but seconds Natalie Munt and Jo Nicholas couldn’t repeat the feat in the next two games as the scratch pairing took the title.

Anthony Clark also completed his second Nationals double in a row as he took the men’s doubles in straight games with partner Nathan Robertson. Their young opponents led in the early stages of both games but the experienced pairing soon pulled back and eased ahead to take both games with reasonable ease.

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