Granville & Sadie win Two Star Pairs, while juniors shine in teams

The Two Star Pairs at the Autumn Congress has been won by Richard Granville & Graham Sadie (pictured). They qualified in sixth place for the final and then went on to win with a score of 55.95%. Abbey Smith & Martin Jones were second with 55.26% with Roger Gibbons & David Kendrick in third.

The Satellite Final, contested by the next twenty teams in the qualifying round, was won by Tracy Capal & David Sherman. The Swiss Pairs - for those not reaching one of the finals and those who played only on the second day - was won by Heather Bakhshi & Claire Robinson.

The one day multiple teams events on Sunday featured three finals, with two of the trophies going to junior (or junior-heavy) teams. The main final, for the Eastbourne Bowl, was won by the team of Sam Behrens, Ben Norton, Stephen Kennedy & Michael Alishaw. The under-21s finished on 45 IMPs, well clear of the team in second - Liz Commins, David Stevenson, Dee Lindon & Pete Lindon.

The secondary teams final, for the Burlington Cup, was won by the team of Andrew McIntosh, Alistair Kent, Andrew Black & Gunnar Hallberg.

Mirroring their U21 counterparts, the team of Liz Gahan, Liam Sanderson & Jasmine Bakhshi - all U16 internationals - plus David Bakhshi swept to victory in the consolation final for the Sussex Cup, finishing 49 IMPs clear of the field.

Alongside the main events taking place at Peterborough there was a Really Easy Afternoon being held at various clubs around the country. The winners were Andrew Ferguson & Mary Ferguson with 66.90%, narrowly ahead of Ron Reising & Inger Beaty-Pownall. Both pairs took part at Richmond BC. The leading pairs at other heats were Janice Ford & Barry Hughes at Watford (3rd), Julian Patten & Heather Tarbard at Lymington (4th), and David Bostock & Rodney French at Exeter (11th).The leading 'b' stratification pair were Pam Rice & Heather Binding who played at Exeter and finished in 15th of the 64 pairs.