Welsh wizard claims Tara title
The Tara graded tournament at St Nicholas Leisure Centre in Warwick attracted a huge entry necessitating 16 tables.
Welsh number one junior Lewis Williams, from Blaenavon, who now plays professionally in Belgium, was rewarded for his trip by claiming the senior title in a competitive final with Birmingham’s Steve Robinson.
The senior consolation event went to Murray Stevenson of Eathorpe who defeated Claire Flanagan from Barry.
Michael Bree of Tamworth took the juniors’ crown, beating Guy Sparrow of Daventry in the final with club-mate Lauren Evans (Tamworth) taking the consolation from Eathorpe’s promising recruit William Apted.
The under-15 event saw Free Church’s Sam Weaving claiming the title from David Bree (Tamworth).
The consolation final was an all-Free Church affair, with Tom Harris conquering Adam Pulman.
Kidlington’s Joe McKenna-Jones claimed the under-13 event, overcoming Church’s Jack Green while Rugby newcomer Freddy Jones won the consolation from another Church player in Lewis Singleton.
The afternoon events saw Steve Robinson go one better and take the Grade A crown in a tough final against County Council’s Nilton Green.
Stevenson took his second consolation event (Grade A), again edging out Flanagan.
The B event was won by Martyn Todd of Free Church, who, in his comeback season, trounced Guy Sparrow.
Lauren Evans of Tamworth also claimed her second consolation when beating Rugby’s Jo Outhwaite.
The C title, which was played in a single group, went to Bree ahead of Free Church’s Charlie Snelson.
Free Church dominated the later stages of the improvers’, supplying all four finalists.
Tom Harris won a showpiece full of thrilling rallies from Adam Cofler.
Olivia Fletcher had a terrific run to the final, defeating Oliver Fowler of Daventry and Church’s Joe Hunt before accounting for Adam Pulman in the fifth.
The beginners’ championship went to Kidlington’s Sam Basford who edged out Amy Evans (Tamworth), with Church duo Lewis Singleton and Alice Todd emerging as winner and runner-up in the consolation.
The county under-15 side was represented entirely by Leamington & District League players in Coventry on Saturday and they enjoyed two wins out of two.
First up were Worcestershire who succumbed 9-1.
Timmy Cooper and Lee Dorning of Free Church and Eathorpe’s George Allison were never troubled, each winning their two singles in straight games.
Rugby’s Emma Milly Bradshaw also won her two in straight games with club-mate Emma Kilpatrick taking one.
Oxfordshire followed and were duly dispatched 7-3.
The boys were again unbeaten with Cooper and Dorning refusing to concede a game. Kilpatrick took the other point.