Players travelled from Wales and the Midlands for Lillington Free Church’s second graded tournament of the season at St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre in Warwick on Saturday, but it was the host club which dominated the morning’s events.
The senior event saw 16-year-old Lee Dorning overcome club-mate Timmy Cooper in the semi-final.
Mike Rinnhofer of Colebridge triumphed over Ron Vose of St George’s in the other last-four clash but was second-best in the final.
The other age-group finals were all-Free Church affairs.
Adam Cofler, still only 14, won the juniors against James Robertson, Jack Green took the under-15s from Lewis Singleton and Robbie Fitchford beat Ciara Hancox in the under-13s.
In the Grade A event, Cooper again faced Dorning in the semi-final but this time turned the tables.
Rinnhofer made his second final appearance of the day but fell in five to the youngster.
Grade B attracted six players who played a round-robin.
Kyle Murie of Corby was the winner with Kevin Finn of St George’s runner-up.
Streetley’s Dennis Ashfall won Grade C, defeating Free Church’s Tom Fletcher in the final while the Rinnhofers ended the day with two winners, Lisa taking the improvers’ from Robbie Fitchford and Sophie the beginners’ from Ciara Hancox.
Consolation finals (Free Church unless stated): Senior: Harry Purewal beat Kyle Murie (Corby). Junior: William Apted (Eathorpe) bt Eve Briscoe. Under-15: Ben Allen (Blaenavon) bt Ben Hall. Under-13: Amie Goldsmith bt Daniel Gunthorpe. Grade A: Chris Haynes (Corby) bt Adam Cofler. Grade C: Jenny Singleton bt James Price (Streetley).Improvers’: William Apted (Eathorpe) bt Mark Singleton. Beginners’: Ezekiel Burke (Sutton Coldfield) bt Sophie Bethell.
In the Leamington & District League, an outstanding hat-trick from Ryan Stockham prevented leaders Colebridge A from taking maximum points against Rugby B.
Sam Henderson, Kate Hughes and Ben Wilson all won twice and they took the doubles to give Colebridge a 7-3 win.
Nearest-challengers Rugby A also dropped three points in their victory at Wellesbourne.
Ryan Lines and Matt Outhwaite notched trebles and Danny Orr added one but John Price and Gary Stewart won one apiece and Stewart joined Alan Cotton for the doubles victory.
Struggling County Council A went down 8-2 to St George’s B for whom Mark Jackson was unbeaten in singles and doubles.
Luke Hobbins and Ron Vose posted two apiece with Chris Brewer winning twice in reply.
Free Church A won 8-2 at bottom side Enigmas with Lee Dorning unbeaten.
Tom Brocklehurst and Chris Mulligan had two wins each but lost to Gary Jackson.
Whitnash A have moved to the top of Division Two after a 6-4 win over Snitterfield A for whom Chris Hughes took an impressive hat-trick.
Paul Riman and Dennis Woodhead won braces and the doubles, with reserve Richard Smith adding one.
Millennium continued their improvement with a draw at home to Whitnash.
Christian Ward and David Webb both won twice and Bob Clarke nabbed another point.
Kevin Ariss was Whitnash’s star performer with a treble.