TOUCHTENNIS: Pearse fails to break the Mould in BMW Masters final

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Elliott Mould, who retained his British No.1 status with a victory in the BMW Masters touchtennis tournament in Cirencester Elliott Mould, who retained his British No.1 status with a victory in the BMW Masters touchtennis tournament in Cirencester

ST MICHAEL’S PARK in Cirencester played host to the top touchtennis players in the country on Sunday.

Results followed the form book as the top two seeds, Elliott Mould and Matt Pearse, fought their way through to the singles final with Elliott’s straight sets victory ending his opponent’s hopes of a hat-trick of tournament successes while moving him to No.1 in the country’s rankings.

A healthy crowd of more than 100 watched this fast-paced spin-off of the mainstream game of tennis played with foam balls on a reduced sized court.

Tournament director Philip Reynolds expects to see many new faces coming along to the free touchtennis sessions at the Cirencester courts after many watched the sublime skills of the professionals for the first time.

The sessions run every Friday (6.30pm-8.30pm) and if anyone is interested please ring coach Ioan Evans on 07870 620488.

The wigglyworm van fed and watered everyone and BMW brought a Z4 and the new i3 along as part of their sponsorship to add to the occasion which was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

Next year the event will move to the August Bank Holiday weekend to coincide with the Phoenix Festival when hopefully many more local players will attempt to chase the £500 prize fund.

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