The Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 7AD
Rory Fisher took the prize in a dramatic climax to the 2015 Rob Milliner Summer Handicap Tournament by beating Trevor Loran on Sunday night. The match ended on a double match point after Trevor had painstakingly clawed his way back from the 50 - 85 starting point only to be denied by a slip of the racket as he went around the angles from deep in the back forehand corner. It was the slightest of margins in a very tight match that kept the small crowd enthralled from start to finish.
It is notoriously difficult to find a handicap for first team players without the aid of complex mathematical tools, Trevor especially. Hard work from Rory always managed to keep him just ahead of the game until late into the nighties when Trevor caught up at the 97 all mark. A fortuitous stroke followed by a relatively easy point gave Rory two match points which Trevor was able to nullify with two hard fought points. Queue the final point and the fateful boast from the back of the court which Trevor had used several times to good effect throughout the match.
So, the spoils went to Rory as he took his second Summer Handicap title and few would begrudge it for the hard work he was forced to put in; his resolve no doubt fired in the forge of hard-won early round victories.