Boswell and Stevens victorious by a pointLane loses in Devon open final
EXMOUTH'S Alex Lane lost in the final of the Devon Silver Open at Torquay, having just returned from the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
The top seed was beaten by Sam Dobson 21-19, 16-21, 21-19.
Ryan Parker-Bowker and Exeter league stars Zak Phillips and Russell Walker all reached the last 16.
An exciting run from Alice Feesey in the ladies' singles set up a semi-final with Jo Dix and she pushed the No. 1 seed all the way before losing 21-16, 21-23, 21-16.
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Honiton's Leanne Debenham, Cranford player Rowan Despard and Hannah Preece, from Queens, reached the last 16.
In the ladies' doubles, Feesey partnered Sussex's Lydia Powell as they reached the final, but lost out to second seeds Dix and Heather Crump 17-21, 21-9, 21-13. In the last eight, Dix and Crump beat Cranford's Rowan Despard and Lisa Stevens 21-12, 21-8.
Cranford coach Dan Corby and his brother Matt were beaten in the men's doubles final when the former junior internationals lost to Daryl and Steve Jacobs 21-17, 21-18.
Jamie Roberton and Russell Walker were beaten in the last eight while Zach Phillips, Vernon Smeed and Callum Owens all lost in the last 16 with their respective partners.
In the mixed doubles, Darren Frisby and Hannah Preece beat Daryl and Nicole Jacobs 11-21, 22-20, 21-14 to reach the semi-finals but Mark Trebble and Crump and Roberton and Exmouth's Claire Hannah were beaten in the quarter-finals.
Exeter's Suzanne Owens and son Sam reached the last 16.
Queens beat Ringswell 8-1 and Sidmouth 7-2 in Division One of the Exeter & District Men's League, with Tim Goode unbeaten in both matches alongside respective partners Ben Watkins and Simon Brassington.
It's been a super start to the new year for the Crediton-based club, who went on to beat University 8-1 to move into second place in the table.
Ringswell's points came courtesy of Paul Owens and Ian Walsh while Sidmouth's scorers were Luke Oxley and Harry Williams and Paul Carter and Steve Pritchard.
Ringswell bounced back to beat Cranford 6-3, with Nigel Osborne and Steve Rice unbeaten and Paul Owens and Guy Rollinson pitching in.
In Division Two, the league's youngest player, 12-year-old Lloyd Skinner, showed his potential by winning two matches as Queens B beat Otter Vale 8-1.
In Division Three, Honiton kept their winning run going by beating Ringswell B 7-2. Brian Jeary and Chris Gould won a point for Ringswell after narrowly losing two three-set matches. An Ian Halliday and James Bryant beat Graham Munday and Dave Bromage 21-19, 21-19 in the decisive rubber as Exeter D beat Sidmouth 5-4. James Newcombe and Graham Baker were unbeaten for Sidmouth.
After a year off through injury, it's been a great return for Sidmouth's Simon Heusen, who starred in the 5-4 defeat of previously-unbeaten St Leonard's C. Baker and Newcombe won three games but it was Heusen and Bromage who beat Mike Lamboll and Matt Knight 19-21, 28-26, 21-10 in the final rubber that clinched victory.
Ringswell B enjoyed a big win over a weakened Exeter D 9-0.