Grand Prix Finals 2016: Richards wins

The 2016 JW Cannon BSPA Grand Prix Finals take place at Roehampton Club from 12th to 14th May.

Tom takes the title

Tom Richards took the JW Cannon BSPA Grand Prix Finals with victory over Ben Coleman at Roehampton Club.

Both players started the first game patiently as they looked to find their rhythm. Ben soon found himself 9/5 up but some tough physical points saw Tom claw his way back into the game and took control winning 11/9.

The 2nd seemed to be a reverse of the first, 6/6 then 10/6 to Tom, Ben dug deep and got the score back to 10/10 before some amazing rallies saw Ben take the game 15/13 and deservedly level at 1 game all.

The 3rd game entertained the crowd but an error from Ben at 8/6 gave Tom momentum, which he duly took, to go on and win 11/8.

The 4th Tom seemed more confident hitting some wonderful winners to go 5/1 up and although Ben fought tirelessly Tom closed out the game and match 11/4 taking the title.

Tom appropriately thanked those involved in the event at the Roehampton Club, including sponsors JW Cannon.

Tom Richards bt Ben Coleman 11/9, 13/15, 11/8, 11/4 (59mins)

Top seeds through to final

Semi-Final 1: Tom Richards v Joe Green 

Tom started fast racing to a 5/0 lead in the first and although Joe gave everything to get back into the game Tom held firm to win 11/4. A close second saw the crowd entertained with long rallies and amazing retrieval with Tom opening up a 4/1 lead, always staying in front to take the 2nd 11/8.

The 3rd game could have graced any top tournament with both players playing the ball and showing why they are such athletes on court. Toms edge on finishing points proved to be too much for Joe as Tom won 11/8 to seal the match 3-0.

Semi-Finals 2: Ben Coleman v Lyell Fuller 

The first looked to be Bens as he opened up a 6/3 lead, then Lyell edge ahead thanks to errors, with a 9/7 lead, but at 10/10 the players battled for every ball and advantage they could get with Ben eventually coming out on top 14/12.

The close nature of this match continued in the 2nd at 4/4, 6/6, 7/7 until Lyell then made a few too many errors and Ben was quick to pounce and take the 2nd 11/8.

Lyell seemed the slower of the two in the 3rd around court as his shots started to allow Ben to attack more and Ben took full advantage to close the match 11/2 and his place in the final against Tom tomorrow.

Thu 12th Quarter-Finals Result
17.00  [3/4] Joe Green 3-0 Rory Stewart    12/10 11/2 11/8
18.00  [1] Tom Richards 3-0 Chris Leiper   11/9 11/7 11/6
19.00  [2] Ben Coleman 3-0 Steve Richardson  11/8 11/8 11/4
20.00  [3/4] Lyell Fuller 3-1 Ben Ford   7/11 11/4 11/5 11/7
Fri 13th Semi-Finals Result
18.30 [1] Tom Richards 3-0 [3/4] Joe Green  11/4 11/4 11/8
19.30 [2] Ben Coleman 3-0  [3/4] Lyell Fuller 14/12 11/8 11/2
Sat 14th Final Result
13.00 [1] Tom Richards 3-1 [2] Ben Coleman  11/9 13/15 11/8 11/4 (59m)




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