Tom Jarvis & David McBeath stunned team-mates Liam Pitchford & Paul Drinkhall to reach the Men’s Doubles final at WTT Feeder Manchester.

Meanwhile, Tin-Tin Ho & Anna Hursey are into the Women’s Doubles final at WTT Feeder Manchester after a composed semi-final victory.

England were guaranteed to have a pair in the Men’s final as Pitchford & Drinkhall faced Jarvis & McBeath in the semis.

Pitchford & Drinkhall had reached the semi-finals without playing as their compatriots Ben Piggott & Connor Green had to withdraw from the quarter-final due to an injury to Green.

If a lack of match sharpness might have been a factor, it certainly did not show in the first game, which the second seeds Pitchford & Drinkhall blitzed 11-2.

The momentum from winning eight consecutive points continued in the second, which the top pair led 6-2. A run of five for Jarvis & McBeath was followed by a run of four for Pitchford & Drinkhall to give them three game points – but another run of five for Jarvis & McBeath confounded expectations and gave them the game, 12-10.

That swung the momentum and the lower-ranked pair led the third 10-6, only for their opponents to put together five points to bring up a game point of their own. It was saved, and after two more points Jarvis & McBeath were in front.

The 11-6 margin of the fourth seemed to indicate that Pitchford & Drinkhall had righted the ship, but they started the fifth badly and Jarvis & McBeath built a lead, which they extended out to 9-5.

Another run – this time four points, for Pitchford & Drinkhall, put the outcome firmly in the balance, but the match was won in two points, he second of them seeing McBeath’s return hit the net-cord and drop stone dead on the other side.

The reward for Jarvis & McBeath will be to take on Belgium’s Martin Allegro & Florent Lambiet, who defeated top seeds Nandor Ecseki & Adam Szudi of Hungary 3-1 (11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7).

Earlier, Jarvis & McBeath needed all five games to see off the fourth English duo, Shayan Siraj & Louis Price in their quarter-final.

At 2-6 down in the second, the younger pair took a timeout, which worked as an effective reset as they worked their way back to win the game 12-10, saving a game point as well.

Jarvis & McBeath won three points in a row to take the third 11-9, but Siraj & Price hit back by taking the fourth, in which they were never behind from 4-4.

The England-Wales pairing of Ho & Hursey saw off Belgium’s Margo Degraef & Nathalie Marchetti to book their place in the Women’s Doubles final tomorrow afternoon.

They were never behind in the match, taking the first two games, both to five, and fully justifying their status as second seeds.

The Belgians hit back in the third, winning it 11-8, though they only moved in front for the first time at 8-7, but the fourth saw the British pair get back to the same routine, leading throughout and taking it with another 11-5 scoreline.

They will play top seeds Hana Matelova of Czech Republic and Barbora Balazova of Slovakia, who enjoyed a 3-0 (11-8, 12-10, 11-9) win over the Polish-Slovakia duo, Natalia Bajor & Tatiana Kukulkova.

Earlier, Ho & Hursey were given an almighty scare by British team-mates Sophie Earley & Tianer Yu before taking their place in the semi-finals.

Fresh from a fine win over French duo Isa Cok & Audrey Zarif yesterday, Earley & Yu took first blood against the Anglo-Welsh combination of Ho & Hursey.

The senior pairing, who are the second seeds, hit back to win the second, although they did have to withstand a fightback from 9-2 to 9-7 by their opponents. The third was more routine as the seeds pulled away from 4-4.

But it was not all over, as Earley & Yu made virtually all the running in taking the fourth, and they led the fifth 6-5. Five of the next six points went to Ho & Hursey (pictured above, photo by Pawel Meryn), but still the younger pair were not finished, saving two match points before they were finally defeated.

Tom Jarvis & David McBeath in action (picture by Pawel Meryn)

They made a fast start to the decider as well, leading 3-0 and 4-3, but that was as good as it got as Jarvis & McBeath turned up the power to win eight points in a row and book their semi-final spot.

In the Mixed Doubles, all the British pairs were eliminated in the quarter-final stage this morning.

Liam Pitchford & Anna Hursey were up against third seeds Luka Mladenovic & Xia Lian Ni (LUX), who took the first game 11-7 thanks largely to a run of five points from 4-4.

The second saw the British pair fight back from 7-1 down to level at 8-8 and then go past their opponents to set up a game point at 10-9. Sadly, that was the closest they got to landing a blow as the experienced Luxembourg pair won that game 12-10 and then took the last 11-6.

Tom Jarvis & Tin-Tin Ho also had a tough task as they faced top seeds Nandor Ecseki & Dora Madarasz from Hungary, but they started well to take the first 11-9.

They were in the next two games at the midway point, but their opponents pulled away to win them both to seven, and then brought it home with an 11-4 scoreline in the fourth.

Young British pair Harri Docherty of Wales and Hannah Silcock of Jersey were also knocked out at the same stage, losing in three straight (6, 8, 2) to Anton Limonov & Solomiya Brateyko of Ukraine, the fourth seeds.

Top seeds Nandor Ecseki & Dora Madarasz of Hungary, made it to the final by beating Luxembourg’s Luka Mladenovic & Xia Lian Ni 3-0 (11-6, 11-3, 11-5).

They will play Ukrainian fourth seeds Anton Limonov & Solomiya Brateyko, who knocked out second seeds Dimitrije Levajac & Izabela Lupulesku of Serbia 3-0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-5).


Women’s Doubles

Tin-Tin Ho & Anna Hursey (WAL) bt Sophie Earley & Tianer Yu 3-2 (6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9)

Ho & Hursey bt Margo Degraef & Nathalie Marchetti (BEL) 3-1 (11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5)

Men’s Doubles

Tom Jarvis & David McBeath bt Louis Price & Shayan Siraj 3-2 (11-9, 10-12, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4)

Jarvis & McBeath bt Liam Pitchford & Paul Drinkhall 3-2 (2-11, 12-10, 13-11, 6-11, 11-9)

Mixed Doubles

Nandor Ecseki & Dora Madarasz (HUN) bt Tom Jarvis & Tin-Tin Ho 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4)
Luka Mladenovic & Xia Lian Ni (LUX) bt Liam Pitchford & Anna Hursey 3-0 (11-7, 12-10, 11-6)