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Chloe’s doubles delight
WEYMOUTH’S Chloe Wakely experienced mixed fortunes at the Dorset County Championships at the Sir David English Sports Centre in Bournemouth.
The Budmouth College student lost out to Sophie Males (Bournemouth School for Girls) in the under-14 singles final 15-13, 15-9 but the defeat did come after a three-set marathon against Bernice Dore (Bournemouth Collegiate School) in the last four, which she edged 15-14 on the final end.
Wakely and Dore then teamed up to win the doubles with a 15-8, 15-11 victory over Males and Rebekah Blinman (Bournemouth).
The under-14 boys’ section saw the top-four seeds contest the semi-finals with Tommy Bridger (Poole Grammar School) and Jack MacGregor (Lytchett Minster) going on to overcome David Higbee (Poole Grammar School) and Alex Joliffe (Wey Valley School, Weymouth) respectively.
Unfortunately an injury to Bridger in the second set of the final saw him concede the title to MacGregor, who had already taken the first set 15-9.
Bridger returned to team up with Higbee in the doubles but once again MacGregor came out on top alongside Joliffe in a three-set success with the last one eventually ending 18-16.
In the under-12s event, Henry Turner (Bournemouth School) beat Kaylan Jensen (Bournemouth Collegiate School) 15-12, 15-6 to land the boys’ crown, while Alex Donnelly (Dumpton School) took the girls’ title with a 15-12, 13-15, 15-12 triumph over Willow Houlson (Lytchett Minster School).
Turner also enjoyed success in the doubles alongside Matt Bliss (Allenbourn). They defeated Nathan Stroud (Wey Valley School) and Aidan Lockie (Baden Powell and St Peter’s Middle School) 15-11, 15-12.
The final category, the under-16s, saw Abbie Joliffe (Wey Valley School) defeat Amy Cox (Bournemouth School for Girls) 15-6, 15-6 in the girls’ final and Ben Mynors-Wallis (Canford School) triumph in the boys’ showpiece 8-15, 15-8, 15-11 against Michael Higbee (Corfe Hills).
Abbie Jollife also teamed up with Amy Tappin (Corfe Hills) to beat Cox and Gemma Curtis (both Clayesmore School) 15-5, 15-4 to take the girls’ doubles crown while Will Bedford and Michael Higbee (both Core Hills) beat David Garcia (Ballard School) and Mynors-Wallis 15-14, 15-11 to secure the boys’ doubles title.