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Smith And Gould Win Jim Bentley Cup On Simultaneous-Championship-Point

Trailing two games to love in a rare SDA final between a pair of first-time partnerships, Ben Gould and Jonny Smith conjured up an extraordinary mid-match turnaround and rallied to a hair-raising 14-15 10-15 15-4 15-7 15-14 victory Monday evening to win the 40th annual Jim Bentley Cup, hosted as always by the Cambridge Club in downtown Toronto. It marked the fourth Bentley Cup in the last six years for Gould, as well as the first pro title for Smith (who back-hand cross-dropped a winner into the front-right nick on that final exchange), while Stout, the current world rackets champion, was playing in his first SDA final and Leach, who turned 40 during the tournament weekend, has now reached five Bentley Cup finals without ever hoisting the trophy. Continue reading