Bronze for Lane at Nationals

PUBLISHED: 14:18 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH'S Ben Lane played above himself to bring back two bronze medals from the Badminton England, Under-13 national championships at Milton Keynes, writes Tony Atkins.

EXMOUTH'S Ben Lane played above himself to bring back two bronze medals from the Badminton England, Under-13 national championships at Milton Keynes, writes Tony Atkins.

Still only 11-years-of-age, the gifted lefthander and younger son of Cranford coach Suzanne Louis-Lane was a semi-finalist in both the boys' singles and mixed doubles.

In the singles, Ben beat Reece Wiggins (Essex) 21-12, 21-12 and, after beating Surrey-based Danish born Jaguar-Holm 21-12, 21-13, he scored an impressive win over Harrison Simcock, the No 4 seed from Buckinghamshire 21-18, 21-11.

Victory followed over Jed Raisey (Bucks) 21-18, 21-19 but his super run was ended in the semi-finals by Craig Smith (Staffs) 15-21, 21-16, 21-18 after being up for most of the deciding set.

In the mixed doubles, Ben teamed up with fellow Under 12 number one Jess Pugh in a partnership they tried out with a view to next season's tournaments.

In the opening round they beat Matthew Widdicombe, son of former Devon player Paul Widdicombe, and his partner 21-10, 21-11 and, after a tough test against Harrison and Riff (Northumberland) 21-10, 19-21, 21-10, this young pair had a wonderful win over Craig Smith and Natalie Chan-Man (Staffs) 21-19, 19-21, 21-17.

But, in the semi-final, they went down to Marcus Smith (Staffs) and Jess Hopton (Avon) 15-21, 21-19, 21-18. It concluded a busy two days for Ben who will compete in the national under 15 event before flying to Belgium with England over Easter.

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