Oxford dominated the proceedings at the annual Oxfordshire Inter-League tournament, held at South Moreton School on Sunday, not only winning the senior trophy for the umpteenth time, but also regaining the junior shield from Didcot.
In fact both the Oxford teams got the better of Banbury and Didcot in the senior event, which boiled down to a confrontation between Oxford A and Oxford B, and it was the B team which emerged victorious, with veterans Karl Bushell and Andy Misseldine going through the day unbeaten, well supported by 14 year-old Kristelle Brook, making only her second appearance in City colours.
The A team of Pavel Jaskolski, Elson Costa and Teisi Tamming were unable to make any impression in the decider, winning only the Mixed Doubles. Banbury ended the day strongly, with Tony Gorman, Jason Tustain and Chloe Yau defeating Didcot 6-0 to take third place. The three junior/cadet girls taking part had a fine day, with both Teisi and Kristelle winning 2/3 Ladies’ singles and Chloe taking 3/3 in her Mixed Doubles matches.
Oxford’s juniors had little difficulty in carrying off the trophy, with no 3 Jonah Stott unbeaten and nos 1 and 2 Lewis Sumner and Simon Price losing only three matches between them all day. But honourable mentions should go to Banbury no 1 Jack Shardlow, who beat both Lewis and Simon (11-9 in the fifth) on his way to a maximum 6/6 and Didcot no 1 Niall Harris (13), who took a creditable 4/6. It was good to see some juniors in action whom we have not seen on the circuit, namely Oliver Base and Joe Wardle (Didcot), and Oliver Mason and James Beare (Banbury). Banbury finished second, just pipping Didcot by a 4-2 margin.