Halton youngsters are crowned national champions

Halton's Aegon Team Tennis Premier 12 and under girls
Halton's Aegon Team Tennis Premier 12 and under girls

While six of the eight players that helped Bucks win their first County Cup for 118 years were from Halton, the club’s youngsters added the cherry on the cake of a magnificent weekend by scooping a national title.

The National Tennis Centre was the breeding ground for the majority of players featuring in Bucks’ historic win. And the new crop look like having a bright future too after netting the prestigious title.

played host to two highly exciting days of team tennis as the winners were decided at the Aegon Team Tennis Premier 12 and under to 18 and under Finals.

Each team at the finals were winners of their respective Tier 1 Region during the league stage of the competition which ran from April to June. A total of 32 teams competed with four involved in each event.

Halton were the top seeds in the 12 and under girls competition. The team were under pressure during the weekend without Indu Ragunather who had sustained an injury prior to the final.

Halton played USN Bolton Arena in the semi-final round. The score was 2-2 after the singles round with Lauren Armstrong and Erika Dodridge winning in straight sets and Alex Hildreth and Emily Honor losing in very close matches. The girls stepped up their game in the doubles round with both pairs winning to take them into the final against No.2 seeds Edgbaston Priory.

In the singles round, Emily Honor had an impressive win at No.4, followed by a loss for Alex and a win for Erika. Lauren won in three sets – 11-9 in the deciding tiebreak having saved one match point – to give Halton a 3-1 lead.

The team needed one doubles win to secure the match, which Lauren/Erika succeeded in doing, winning 6-4 6-1.

Captain Jemima King said afterwards: “It was a very exciting weekend for the team with every match bringing its own drama and tension with the girls stepping up to the plate and producing their very best tennis when they needed it.

“I was very proud to captain the girls and it was a real team effort with every member of the team winning a match in the group stages and the finals.”

Meanwhile, Lauren Armstrong also won the 12 and under girls singles final at the Grade 2 tournament at Bath.