Ben grabs crown as Lane brothers shine

PUBLISHED: 15:37 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 10 June 2010

THE Exmouth-based Lane brothers, Alex and Ben, were in action recently for England in Denmark with the younger sibling, Ben, claimed the under-13 individual title and, in so doing, becoming the first English player to win the event for eight years.

THE Exmouth-based Lane brothers, Alex and Ben, were in action recently for England in Denmark with the younger sibling, Ben, claimed the under-13 individual title and, in so doing, becoming the first English player to win the event for eight years.

Older brother Alex was part of the national side that competed in the Danish under-15 cup, a tournament that saw participation from all the leading badminton countries across Europe.

Lane had the distinction of playing the opening rubber in both singles and doubles events and, despite the team finishing a creditable fourth, young Lane produced some superb victories against a number of leading players.

In the individual tournament, he won his first two rounds comfortably before coming up against Danish player Correll whom he beat over three sets to take him into a meeting with the top-seeded Ihenno from Finland, who won another titanic battle 21-12, 21-10.

The younger Lane was appearing on the opposite side of the beautiful city of Copenhagen, playing for England in the under-13s Greeve tournament.

In the mixed doubles, Ben and his regular partner Jess Pugh, from Staffordshire, put up a brave performance before going down against the number two Danish pair in the quarter-finals.

However, after losing out in the mixed event, Ben approached the singles competition with real resolve.

He defeated a brace of Danish players in the group stages before winning an enthralling quarter-final tie 21-16, 21-14.

This took him into a last four confrontation with Casper Storm of the hosting nation.

After losing the second set, the younger Lane stormed back to turn the match around and set up a berth in the final where he was to meet another home player, Joel Eipe.

The younger of the Lane boys came through 21-16, 16-21, 21-14 to take the title which was the first time an English boy has won this tournament in nearly a decade.

The two boys are now back resting before both spend the half-term week training in Milton Keynes and heading of to York to compete in the under-17 Gold tournament.


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