MOTHER and son combination Sarah and Ben Skidmore made a clean sweep of all events in the Dorchester Tennis Club Championships.

Sarah dominated the ladies’ singles final, beating promising newcomer Katherine Butler 6-0, 6-1. She and partner Sue Ramsbottom then went on to win an entertaining ladies’ doubles final defeating Laura Doddington and Ros Clark 7-5, 6-2.

Ben, 16 and one of the top juniors in the club, played a superb match to upset top seed Cliff Moreton 6-0, 6-3 in the men’s singles final.

He used powerful serving and accurate heavy top- spin ground strokes to out manoeuvre his more experienced opponent.

Earlier in the week, Ben, partnering the experienced doubles player Tim Button, had beaten the junior pair of Sam McIntyre and Alex Gordon 6-1, 6-4 in an interesting clash of styles in the men’s doubles final, in the tournament sponsored by Brewin Dolphin.

However, it was the last match of the afternoon that dominated the day’s play with mother and son fighting it out for a crucial third title to take home the Rod Skidmore Trophy, which is awarded to the player who wins the most events in the championships.

Sarah, who was partnered by Button, faced the junior pairing of Ben and Sophie Ramsbottom.

Skidmore and Button came through a tight first set 7-5 and then won the second 6-3 to give the former the title and the Rod Skidmore award.

The highlight of the plate event finals was the ladies’ singles between Ros Clark and Felicity Quick, which the former narrowly won in a gruelling match – her third of the day, having won the mixed doubles plate and lost in the ladies’ doubles final. Clark won 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) in a match full of long rallies.

David Evans, divisional director for Brewin Dolphin, presented the prizes to the finalists and enjoyed watching some of the finals.

Tournament referee and head coach Neil Darragh said: “It was great to see players of all ages taking part in this year’s championships and it was really encouraging to see some great performances from the juniors, particularly Ben Skidmore.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support of the tournament, particularly Brewin Dolphin for their kind sponsorship.”