Badminton: Sister act takes centre stage at county finals

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SIBLINGS Lily and Cherry Stent won the Dorset under-12 girls’ doubles title at Harewood College last month.

Lily (St Katherine’s) showed her strength in her six singles games, only dropping 18 points in total.

She then partnered her 10-year-old sister Cherry to take her second title against fellow Dorset county players Olivia Willmore and Rosie Hart (Bridport).

Ten-year-old Daniel Hart (Ballard School) overcame Ben Jarvis (Ferndown Middle) in a tight three-set match to win the under-12 boys’ final by one point.

Reuben Bodman and Thomas Dickman racked up their second doubles victory of the season with a win over singles champion Hart and Toby Nash.

The Lytchett Matravers pair won the Dorset restricted tournament in September.

In the under-14 event, David Higbee (Poole Grammar) beat Harry Cook (Thomas Hardye) 15- 5, 15-12 in the boys’ singles final.

Harry then teamed up with his twin brother Ben to win the boys’ doubles event in straight sets over Ben Maddison (Budmouth School) and Cameron Yorke (Lytchett School).

Willow Houlson (Lytchett School) won the under-14 girls’ singles title ahead of Bea Young (South Wilts Grammar School).

Both finalists then teamed up to beat Alex Donnelly (BSG) and Mollie Moncaster (Allenborn) 15-5, 15-3 in the doubles.

Dan Bliss (Corfe Hills) toppled Matthew Hunt (Arnewood School) 15-13, 15-10 to win the boys’ under-16 title.

Girls’ singles winner was Sophie Males (BSG) who beat Chloe Wakely (Budmouth School) 15-8, 15-10.

Chloe and team-mate Bernice Dore (BCS) overcame Sophie and Abbie Haysom (St Edward’s School) in the girls’ doubles final 21-17, while Dan Bliss paired up with Dan Boucher (Poole Gram-mar) to overcome Timmy Nash and Sam Trott (both BSB) 22-20 to win the boys’ doubles title.

Dorset county trials are being held in May at Sir David English Sports Centre for those aged eight to 16 years old.

  •  For further details and entry forms contact Dorset badminton coach Kirsty Wilcox on

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