Ed Kay and Ben Beltrami lead British Universities side to victory
Cambridge, Sunday 5th March 2017
After their unaccustomed success in last year’s fixture the representative side from the British Universities had the great satisfaction of repeating their victory this year by a comfortable margin. It was the 50th of these encounters.
The final score was 236-191.
Cambridge’s Ed Kay and Ben Beltrami led the charge, winning all 4 of their Doubles games, chalking up a score of 60 points against 34.
In the Singles, which preceded the Doubles, Ed and Ben, currently standing 3rd and 6th in the National Rankings, found themselves pitted against numbers 2 and 5 respectively. No surprise, then, that the ensuing matches were very close, with Ben beating Charlie Brooks 15-12 but Ed losing a titanic battle with Will Ellison 15-16.
The sides were:
BUSF: Ben Beltrami & Ed Kay (Cambridge); Ollie Arnold & Theo Parker (Bristol); Dave Butler (Durham & Edinburgh) & Sam Russell (Durham & London). Cambridge’s Matt Shaw was selected to play but was not available.
RFA: Will Ellison & Dan Grant; Charlie Brooks & Hamish Buchanan; Julian Aquilina & James Bristow