Josh Bennett & Tin-Tin Ho won the battle of the surprise finalists to take the title against Alim Hirji & Emily Bolton.

Both pairs, having seen off higher seeds in the semi-finals, would have sensed the opportunity to clinch a senior national title. And, no matter who won, it would have been a first senior title for at least one player – only Ho had previously won any (well, plenty).

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In the event it was Bennett who got his name on to that list, he and Ho recovering from being pegged back in the second game to win 3-1 (11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5) and ensure the third seeds triumphed over the fourth.

There were some nervy moments as they led the third 10-8 only for two ferocious McBeath winners to peg them back. But when they got a third chance at 12-11, the fourth seeds took it – McBeath earning a yellow hard for throwing his bat to the floor in frustration.

There was also a match point saved in the other tie, where Ho & Bennett took down the top seeds Tom Jarvis & Maria Tsaptsinos. They needed their second match point to win the deciding fifth set 12-10, having come from 1-0 and 2-1 down in sets.

The quarter-finals almost included a shock, McBeath & Vickers staving off a comeback by teenage pair Shayan Siraj & Jasmin Wong to prevail 3-2 (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-8).