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