Ben Beltrami wins his first open title – The ‘Barnes Bridge’

The National Winchester Fives Doubles championship
Sedbergh School, Sunday 12th March 2017

Ben Beltrami teamed up with Dave Butler to win their first open title together: the National Winchester Fives Doubles, often known as the ‘Barnes Bridge’ after the trophy awarded for this event.

For Ben it was his first open title to add to several he has won at schoolboy and university level.

It also complements his Mixed Winchester Fives Doubles title, won with Kathleen Briedenhann last May. Ben is the first person to hold both simultaneously.

In the final, played at Sedbergh School, Ben & Dave beat defending champion Will Ellison and his new partner Gareth Price in a tense three-gamer 13-15, 15-2, 15-8.

Dave Butler & Ben Beltrami at Sedbergh, holding the 'Barnes Bridge'

Dave Butler & Ben Beltrami at Sedbergh, holding the ‘Barnes Bridge’