THE Colebridge duo of Adam Nutland and Amann Ubhi produced one of the best men’s singles finals in recent history at the Birmingham Closed Championship. Former England junior and current Worcestershire No.1 Nutland triumphed after five pulsating games, full of lightning rallies, at the Wood Green Centre. The two teenagers have given a massive boost to the sport in the city and killed the notion that it was becoming an old man’s pastime.
Nutland’s county colleague Kate Hughes, also from the Shirley-based Colebridge club, retained her women’s singles crown in style. The consistent top-spinner had excellent wins over Jessica Berbick and Helen Turner.
Michael Browne (Smiths Wood) overpowered Steve Bertie (Hamstead) to gain the veterans crown and was also successful in the Over-50 event, where another Hamstead opponent, Colin Greene, gave him a sterner test.
Ed Lynn and Ubhi gave Colebridge more success in the open doubles, while the Nutland/Hughes combination was unstoppable in the mixed doubles.
Amit Ubhi went one better than his brother to lift the junior singles.