EIBA finals at Melton: England captain Andy Thomson completes triples title hat-trick

Womens triples winners Ipswich, from left - Christine Rednall, Katherine Rednall, Anna Chalk EMN-151004-105537002
Womens triples winners Ipswich, from left - Christine Rednall, Katherine Rednall, Anna Chalk EMN-151004-105537002
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England team captain Andy Thomson won the national triples title for the third time on Thursday with his Cyphers (Beckenham) clubmates Paul Field and Tom Doig.

They defeated a Wellingborough trio skipped by Thomson’s England team-mate Jamie Walker, 22-15 at Melton.

Men's triples winners Cyphers, from left -  Andy Thomson, Tom Doig, Paul Field EMN-151004-105549002

Men's triples winners Cyphers, from left - Andy Thomson, Tom Doig, Paul Field EMN-151004-105549002

Quite remarkably, 34 years have elapsed since Thomson first won the title for Cyphers with Dave Clark and Terry Heppell, and he won it again in 2004 with Neil Hornsby and Heppell.

The 59-year-old is recovering from an operation on his ear, and opted to play mid-rink, passing the role of skip to Doig, who has a kidney condition, and undergoes dialysis three times a week.

There was little to choose between the two triples until the 16th end when Cyphers struck a killer blow with a fantastic five to open up a 22-14 lead, and the game was up for Wellingborough who threw in the towel one end later.

* Two 19-year-olds from Ipswich, Anna Chalk and Katherine Rednall, won the women’s triples title, along with Rednall’s mum Christine.

The crowd’s imagination, however, was captured by Chalk and her opposite number Rebecca Simpson (29) who are both pregnant and expecting their first child.

Spalding were the first to score, Simpson, Chelsea Tomlin and Annie Dunham counting three shots on the very first end.

But the Ipswich trio responded positively with a 1-4-1 run to lead, 6-3, and opened up an 18-8 lead by the 12th end.

With Katherine Rednall, who won the women’s world indoor singles title in 2014, playing like a veteran campaigner at skip, Ipswich kept a firm grip on proceedings to win, 21-11.