Cambridge dominate the National U25s Singles and Doubles

At the National U25 championships played at Oundle CURFC came away with a host of shiny medals to match their smart new kit.

After twice previously finishing runner-up in the Singles to Dan Tristao, this time Ed Kay won the title in a final played against freshman Ben Beltrami. In the semi-final Ed had beaten CURFC’s other freshman Matt Shaw while Ben had defeated second seed David Butler from Durham.

Ed’s victory makes him only the second Cambridge player to win the title in this competition, which started in 1985. Alan Beverly won the event three times between 2006 and 2008.

The Singles Plate final was an all-Cambridge affair, with James Pinder beating Tom Bury.

Cambridge players were similarly dominant in the Doubles. Ed Kay paired up with freshman Matt Shaw to defend his title successfully against fellow-Cantabridgian Jacob Brubert and Imperial’s Chris Burrows.

Ed has now won the Doubles four times, having held the title between 2012 and 2014 with Dan Tristao. Previous Cambridge winners are Paddy d’Ancona, who won it five times between 1990 and 1997, four times with Ben Taberner and once with Old Dunstonian Ivor Ford, Jez Fabes & James Richardson in 2002 (Jez also won it in 2004 with Oxford’s James Bristow) and Alan Beverly & Charlie Brooks in 2007.

The only disappointment came in the Doubles Plate, where Jack Malde & Richard Law lost narrowly to Oxford’s Tom Hoskins and schoolboy Tom Watkinson from Winchester.

Next up: the Past versus Present — to be played on Valentine’s Day!