Amann Ubhi and Kate Hughes are firm favourites for the singles titles at the Birmingham Closed Championship, which is to be held at the Wood Green Centre on Sunday. The Colebridge duo are starting to dominate the local scene, with Worcestershire No 1 Hughes aiming to repeat her success of 2011. Ubhi has proved virtually unstoppable in the West Midlands over the past 12 months and looks set for his first Birmingham title.
Birmingham B Veterans shocked their A team with a 7-3 victory in the Second Division of the Midland League. Rob Sheldon, Paul Hancox and Pat Glynn produced a fine team effort with two singles victories each, although Michael Browne had an emphatic maximum for the opposition. Martin Round and debutant Mike Evetts produced some stern resistance for the A team to no avail.
The Midland League is a veteran's section only for the 2011/12 season, but new secretary Dean Hicks has big plans for the future. “We will certainly have a men’s section in place for next season and hopefully restore a junior section”, enthused Solihull based Hicks. “As well as five Birmingham sides we attract teams from as far apart as Gloucester and Derby and there is tremendous scope for expansion. “There will be a junior tournament staged by the Oxford League at the end of this season and we will take it from there”, added the enthusiastic Hicks.
Former Birmingham President Brian Lloyd who died earlier this year, ran the competition for 30 years after taking over from the legendary Birmingham official Maurice Goldstein.