Ten Berkshire players travelled to the prestigious Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham for the Karakal Midlands Masters 2021/22 Championships on 12th - 14th November 2021. Some great performances were on display, summarised as follows:
- Tim Burrell was seeded 9-12 in the Men's O40s, but lost 3/1 to Mick Biggs, the number 5-8 seed, in the first round.
- Peter Call was seeded 17-32 in the Men's O55s, but lost 3/0 to Raymond Burke, the number 5-8 seed, in the first round.
- Nigel D'Arcy was seeded 17-32 in the Men's O60s, but lost 3/0 to Mark Taylor, the number 9-12 seed, in the first round.
- Ripley Oyler was seeded 5-8 in the Men's O65s, but lost 3/0 to Stuart Hardy, the number 1 seed, in the Quarter Finals.
- Also in the Men's O65s, John Petrusche was seeded 9-12, and also lost to Stuart Hardy, the number 1 seed, in the Semi Finals. Before losing a tight match to Stuart 3/1, John had good wins against Ian Holmes, the number 3-4 seed, and Terry James, the number 13-16 seed.
- Former World Masters Champion Keith Jones returned to action in the Mens O70s, as the number 1 seed. Unfortunately, Keith had to retire injured in his Quarter Final match against Neil Nightingale, whilst leading 1/0.
- Also, former World Masters Champion Chris Ansell played in the Men's O75s, and was seeded 3-4. Chris lost 3/1 to Martin Pearce, the number 1 seed, in their Semi Final match.
- In the Women's O35/40s, our Ladies Captain Sophie Beake was seeded 2. Sophie made it to the final, but lost a very tight match 3/1 to Selina Harper, the number 1 seed.
- In the Women's O50s, Sarah Parr was also seeded 2 and also made it to the final. Sadly, Sarah also lost to the number 1 seed, Izzy Bramhall, in another tight match.
- In the Women's O55s, Karen Webb was seeded 3-4, but also made it to the final. Karen had a great win against Sue Martin-Downhill, the number 2 seed, winning 12/10 in the 5th game. Sadly, Karen didn't have enough energy to then beat Hilary Kenyon, the number 1 seed, in the final, losing 3/0.
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It would be great to see more players from Berkshire competing in these regional events, as they are great fun and offer the opportunity to play people from other counties and increase your National ranking.