Rayne Swan Cash Doubles 1st May 2016

On a glorious sunny day the Rayne Swan Petanque Club held their first open competition of the year. 16 teams took part and local players were joined by top class players from further afield.

The teams competed in four groups of 4 in the morning and in League 1 the favourites Sofiane Lachani and Sean Prendergast did not disappoint. The England players moved comfortably into the KO stages with wins of 13-0, 13-4, 13-0.

Dawn Bourquin and Aris Savvides won all their games in League 2, including a 13-6 win over the strong Hungarian pair of Karoly Gal and Laszlo Nagy.

David Plumhoff and Matt Eversden won 3 out of 3 in League 3 and were joined in the KO stages by League 4 winners Ross Jones and Reece Gould. The runners up in the groups also progressed to the main KO.

Third places went into the Plate KO, while the bottom places competed in the Consolage.

Local players Dean Little and Keith Flack looked to be causing an upset when 11-4 up against Lachani and Prendergast, but the favourites plugged away and ended up 13-12 winners to go into the semi-finals.
A long and very competitive game saw them defeat Jones and Gould 13-10 and once again they came from behind to snatch the win.

Gal and Nagy scraped through the Q/F 13-12 against Merle Brahmi and Mary McDonald and were then up against Plumhoff and Eversden. Again it was a long and closely fought game with the latter coming through 13-7.

The final could have gone either way. Plumhoff and Eversden took a 4-0 lead only for Lachani and Prendergast to catch up and overtake. With Lachani and Prendergast leading 12-9 The Plum had to shoot and stay for 4 and game, unfortunately he didn't quite make it and Lachani and Prendergast won, taking home the 300 prize money.

The Plate final was won by Francois Bourquin and Paul McNeil, with some excellent pointing by the much improved McNeil. They defeated Tim and Becky Edwins from Kent, 13-9.

Consolage winners were Naheb Khodabux and Colin Roper from Brentwood, who won the final 13-4 against Ken Kilbey and Doreen Butcher from Bishops Stortford. The score did not reflect the good display from the Thorley Club pair.