Lynn Finn and Ben Foss claimed the first tournament of 2017 on Monday night. They claimed the Capelles Open Handicap Doubles trophy with victory over Steve Martin and Derek Cave.
In a tournament where doubles partners are drawn from a hat and handicapped accordingly, Foss and Finn were defeated in the initial group stages by Paul Hainsworth and Cheryl Wingrave, 21-7, 12-21, 21-15. Despite this, they still proceeded through to the knockout stages where they first beat Lawrence Stacey and Brian Le Cras in the quarter final 2-1, then Josh Stacey and Rosemary Powell in the semi final by 2 games to 0. In the other semi final Martin and Cave saw off Ian Fitchet and Mike Ingrouille by the same scoreline. The final was a close affair as Martin and Cave sought to protect their 9 point handicap advantage, but Finn and Foss showed good consistency and a smattering of winners to seal the title 21-14, 22-20