Classic Chris takes title after tough final

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Chris Jones took the men’s singles title in what was a hard-fought final win over Mark Newman in the Eastbourne and District Badminton Association Tournament.

Sophie Kelly and Marie White claimed the ladies’ doubles title while Amy Cunnington and Chris Spice, Rena Jones and Matt Mortimer and Jean Harvey & Ivon Dennis won a group each in the mixed doubles category.

Jones won the men’s singles final by a solitary point with a score of 21-20 in what was a real crowd pleaser.

His opponent Mark Newman put up a brave fight but eventually came up short against his younger opponent.

Three of the youngest entrants, Ewan Toner, Harry Vanstone and Ben Phillimore, all showed great promise, displaying some excellent badminton along the way.

24 pairs competed in the mixed doubles, seven pairs in the ladies double and 12 men in the men’s singles.

The tournament was played over three weekends at the Causeway School.