Kelly triumphs in British Under-25 singles, but it’s agony for McHugh

Gary Kelly
Gary Kelly

Gary Kelly is the new British Isles Under-25 singles title holder.

The Ballymoney man on Friday turned in a scintillating performance at Leamington Spa which culminated in him parading the trophy for the first time.

His display also helped lift the gloom for the battling Irish, who agonisingly lost out in three other finals - singles, pairs and fours.

Big Marty McHugh will have nightmares as he lost to Wales’s Dave Kingdon (21-13) last night in the showcase singles final.

Earlier, he joined his Whitehead team mate Barry Browne in the pairs final, but they were also beaten by Scotland’s Andrew Kennedy and Billy Mellors 23-16.

Just to pile on the agony, the St James’s Gate rink of Gareth Pierpoint, Aidan Hoey, Shane Leonard and Richard Leonard lost out (19-14) to the Welsh combination, skipped by Jeffrey Wilkins.

The day, however, belonged to Kelly. The Irish international turned in an outstanding performance, beating England’s Jamie Walker (21-17) and Gary Robertson, of Scotland (21-18) before romping to a 21-8 victory over Jersey’s Greg Davis in a final that lasted only 17 ends.

“I’m over the moon with the victory,” he beamed. “I had two tough games on the way to the final, but I was happy with my form in both.

“And, in the final, I felt really good. I got off to a solid start and led 11-6 at 10 ends. I just motored on form there and finished really strongly with a three, two and a single.”

Results: Singles: M McHugh (Ireland) 13 D Kingdon (Wales) 21.

Under-25 singles: G Kelly (Ireland) 21 G Davis (Jersey) 8.

Pairs: M McHugh, B Browne (Ireland) 16 A Kennedy, B Mellors (Scotland) 23.

Triples: T Pettigrew, R Crawford, W Hogg (Scotland) 21 M Rowling, L Greenslade, P Taylor (Wales) 18.

Fours: B Thomas, L Daniels, D Wilkins, J Wilkins (Wales) 19 G Pierpoint, A Hoey, S Leonard, R Leonard (Ireland) 14. fgf