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Horror injury downs England coach
HIGH Wycombe pair Jamie Kilgariff and Stuart Bennett continued their doubles dominance in the Bucks County Badminton Championships last weekend.
They retained the title after winning a tight final against Tom Stanford and Harrison Simcock.
Stanford didn’t leave empty-handed though, he won the men’s singles title after edging out England U18 number one player Sean Vendy.
However, the biggest winner on the day was Tsui-Yee Lau, who won three county titles.
She beat Toni Blake to lift the ladies crown and then partnered Paige Butler to doubles glory, beating Blake and Beth Jeffs in three close sets to reverse the outcome from last year.
Lau then completed her hat-trick in the mixed doubles alongside Kilgariff.
However, their final ended early following an agonising injury to one of their opponents as George Bevan, the England Junior Performance Squad coach based at the Wycombe Badminton Centre, snapped his patella tendon in the third set.
He was partnering Butler in the doubles but is unlikely to play again this season.
Meanwhile, more than 100 of the best juniors in Bucks came to Wycombe last weekend for the Closed Junior Championships.
In total 130 juniors – 90 boys and 40 girls – from 14 clubs competed over five grads, with players from nine clubs and one school contesting the finals.
Raising home spirits were Alfie Green and Freddie Evans, who both won county titles on home ground. Green was competing in the U11s bracket and took the title from Ben Holmes of Beaconsfield.
Evans meanwhile triumphed in the U15s category at the expense of Edward Eaton-Hart from Chesham Bois.
Continuing a strong showing for the host club, Ed Walker was third in the U19 competition and Sydney Wallace was the U15 girls runner up.
Elsewhere in the girls section, Katie Maliff from Wendover beat Amy Pullen of Chesham Bois to win the U11s title, while the U13 crown went For the boys, joining Green and Evans in the winners’ enclosure was Will Smith from Beaconsfield/Holmer Green.
He was U13s champion after his win over Shenley’s Harry Hewitt, while Joe Elfasi of Shenley beat Aylesbury’s Nick Ratnarajah to the U17s crown.
Completing the set, Chesham 1879’s beat Dylan Harris of Shenley.
Meanwhile, the Bucks Junior Championships takes place next weekend with age groups up to U17. Bucks is particularly strong at junior level and currently boasts national champions at U13, U15 and U17 levels.
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