Lane brothers net national badminton success
PUBLISHED: 12:40 25 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:40 25 February 2016
The past few weeks have been busy, and successful ones, for the Lane brothers, Alex and Ben as the Exmouth-based pair have added further national and British University titles to their extensive honours lists.
Alex, who made the decision in September to leave Badminton England and train while studying at Bath University has had his most successful season so far at senior level.
He was at Derby for the senior nationals and he beat England number two Toby Penty, also ranked 103 in the world, for the successive time in a thrilling semi-final. Lane won the match 21-9, 21-14.
That put him into his first senior national final where he came up against the England number one and world ranked 18, Rajiv Ouseph who proved too strong, going on to claim his eighth national singles title with a 21-9, 21-10 success.
Alex, a worthy runner-up, then went on to win his first British National University singles title under Peter Bush at Bath University.
In the quarter-final Alex beat Alex Marriot of Leeds Met, 21-14, 21-17, before overcoming Jonathon Mcdonald in the semi-finals and Rohan Midha from Leeds in the final, seeing off Midha in a three set thriller, 21-8,15-21, 21-10.
Alex is now amidst a two week training period at Bath before he sets off for European tournaments in France, Croatia and Spain in the coming months. He already has one such title under his belt this year following his Slovak tournament win.
Meanwhile, younger brother Ben has also had a busy couple of weeks playing in the Senior Nationals at Derby with Jess Pugh. The pair defeated the number three seeds in a thrilling three set contest that Lane and Pugh took 15-21, 27-25, 21-14.
That saw them into the semi-final where they came up against Chris and Gabby Adcock who were recently crowned Dubai Grand Prix super series winners and are also ranked number seven in the world!
Ben and Jess put up a brave fight, however, the Adcock’s proved their class and won 21-16, 21-11.
The following week Ben was back on court defending his National Under-19 title. Playing again with Jess Pugh, the European junior champions won their second U19 national title with a 21-11, 13-21, 21-12 win over Matt Claire and Nichoal Gretsy.
Ben then paired up with Mattt to win his third doubles title at U19 level with a 21-13, 21-17 success over A Gupta and S Stallwood .
Ben is off to Austria this week then plays in his first All England in March, that tournament taking place at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.