Ben added the mixed and men’s doubles u17 titles to the four other major titles he has won this season
Ben Lane won the European-under 17 mixed title with Jess Pugh in Turkey today. Ben follows brother Alex by winning the European under 17 event, full report to follow
Lauren Cole won her first title after coming back from injury as the u13 star took the Devon U15 Silver title. Lauren also teamed up with Emily Killoran to finish runner up in u15 doubles. In the singles final Lauren beat Katie Whiteman in 3 sets, fighting back in the deciding set after being behind early in the set. Its been a difficult period for Lauren, after representing England for the first time in the Autumn she broke her ankle and her first tournaments back were extremely high level and tough, but we are pleased to see her getting back to full strength. Good performance from Emily who also reached the semis of the singles and from Will Freer taking u13 doubles bronze, and Lucy Cooper winning u13 doubles.
Lucy has also had injury issues but battled hard in u15 singles on Saturday, as did Anya Paton, Chloe Tsang and Verity Greenaway. Dan Conway, Owen And Ryan waters were also in action. Jacob Cole showed his potential , taking one of the Devon u17 players to 3 sets, and beating other u17s, and in the u15 events scoring important wins.
Ben took gold and silver in his two events at U19 nationals in Sheffield.
In doubles Ben and Sean Vendy won the semi over Arksey/Jones 21-7 21-19. In the final they faced Pedersen/Widdicombe who proved difficult opponents until Ben and Sean sealed the third end for a 21-18 17=21 21-13 win and the title.
Ben and Jess Pugh had an excellent win in the semi over Bambrick/Williams 21-7 21-19. Unfortunately Jess Pugh was then injured in her doubles semi, meaning the mixed final was a walkover to Roe/Moore.
Zach Phillips had a good tournament , reaching round 2 of singles beating Barnett 22-20 14-21 21-10 and then losing to Simcock. Zach also reached round 2 doubles before losing to the 2 seeds Roe/Bambrick.
Alex has had a tough time with injury in his first season at Milton Keynes and was forced to miss the senior and under 19 nationals. Ben, Matt and Dan Corby and Sarah Preece were all in action however.
Ben, in his first singles outing since September overcame Rohan Midha in round 1 and pushed the seeded Sam Phillips all the way in round 2 , coming within a couple of points of winning. Ben reached the second roound of doubles and mixed before losing to senior England pairings, a great performance by Ben.
A very young Cranford team of players who train with visions won the East Devon Junior premiership for the first time, defeating teams from Queens,Isca and Ottery.
Lucy Cooper won the doubles at Worcs under 13 Bronze.