BADMINTON: It's double delight for super Joe

Witney Gazette: Joe Roberts (left) and Ashley Harrison pictured with their medals Joe Roberts (left) and Ashley Harrison pictured with their medals

Joe Roberts achieved a double gold success as Oxfordshire boys dominated the Bedfordshire Under 17 silver tournament in Luton.

Roberts, from Brize Norton, claimed two of them, winning both the singles and doubles titles.

In the singles final, Roberts, the fifth seed, met Dan Blair, from Didcot.

Roberts won four preliminary matches to reach the quarter-finals, where he defeated Jordan Adams, of Sussex.

In the semi-final, he triumphed in three sets against Hampshire’s Alex Horner.

Blair, seeded No 3, defeated the top seed, Henry Prothero, of Wiltshire, in three sets in an exciting last-four clash.

In the final, Roberts beat Blair 15-10, 15-10 to claim his first gold.

Roberts then teamed up with Ashley Garrison, of Witney, in the doubles, for which they were top seeds.

The boys, both pupils at Witney’s Henry Box School, defeated Tim Mooney and Tom Phillips, of Bucks, 15-11, 15-9 to reach the final.

There they beat Alex Pandya and Tom Owen, of Kent, 15-10, 15-4.

Thanks to their displays, all three Oxfordshire players should gain acceptance for the Under 17 National Championships in April.

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