Lane brothers start 2011 with yet more success.

PUBLISHED: 12:34 13 January 2011



Nathan Gallagehr

The Exmouth based Lane brothers, Ben and Alex have started the New Year in excellent form.

Ben Lane has been named in the England team for the Eight Nations competition which will take place next month.

At thirteen years of age, Ben is the youngest member of the team and he will lead England in the doubles and mixed events with regular partners Jess Pugh and Sean Vendy.

The first month of the New Year has been a very busy time for both Ben and his brother Alex.

Straight after the Christmas festivities, enjoyed at the Lane Exmouth home, the boys travelled to Hoensbroek in Holland to compete in an international tournament.

Ben battled his way through to the quarter finals of both the boy’s singles and the mixed event whilst Alex featured in the quarter finals of both the doubles and the singles.

Both boys have another year in their current respective age groups so these tournaments are giving them valuable European ranking points and international experience against older opposition!

Last weekend, in the Under-17 Gold Tournament, Alex won a gold and silver medal.

In the singles he beat D Adamson in the semi final 21-12, 21-7.

In the final against the more experienced Aaron Cheng of Surrey, he got himself into a very healthy position at 14-8 in the third end but could not hold his lead and eventually slipped to a 21-19 final game defeat.

In the doubles Alex and regular partner Sam Parson won against the top Scottish pair in the semi finals before claiming the gold medal, defeating D Adamson and J Smith 21-18, 21-16.

Ben Lane, playing up at the under-17 level, put up a fantastic display in the mixed event with Jess Pugh beating C Bambrick and J Moore (the pair have both represented England at under-16 level), before losing 25-23 in the final game against the top seeds, J Neil from Scotland and J Hart from Wales.

The next couple of weeks are going to continue to be busy for the boys as they are first attending England training camps at Milton Keynes and Hatfield and the competing in tournaments, first in Derby and then at Stoke on Trent.

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