ALF Paul took the prize as West Dorset Badminton League held their annual Nigel Miller Junior Badminton Tournament at Redlands Community Sports Hub.

The entrants comprised of eight boys aged between 12 and 17, with the tournament being a round robin and handicapped by ability.

The boys played each other one game to 21 points with no setting and positions were determined by the highest points achieved at the end.

All players were excited to take part in the tournament, they boasted confidence from start to finish and played to their best ability with the attitude of losing not being an option.

After a total of 48 hard, gruelling games the outstanding winner was Paul, 11, who was unforgiving and relentless in every game and who secured victory with an overall maximum score of 147 points.

Adam Rushton, 12, played with expertise and gusto and fought hard to achieve 140 points giving him the deserved runner up position and both boys stayed focused in every game and fought through with skill and determination.

Winners and runners-up will be invited and presented with trophies at the West Dorset League’s presentation evening in May this year.

Coach, Liz Osborne said: “Everybody played brilliantly, it was exciting badminton from start to finish.

“Playing in a handicapped tournament is always difficult, it’s not only a game of physical fitness but mental fitness as well. All players fought hard to the end regardless of their handicaps and I was very proud of them all.”