In the final, Straker and Walter took an early lead and had several missed chances to take a virtually unassailable position, but Le Page and Niblett came through strongly in the end to win the tournament.

Edgbaston Archery claims to be the oldest tennis club in the world, and occupies a delightful setting bordering the botanical gardens.

The group matches saw Le Page and Niblett win their group with some close wins against pairs from Rugby, Edgbaston Archery and their more well-known neighbour Edgbaston Priory (home of the Aegon Classic Ladies’ Tournament).

Straker and Walter won their group matches with greater ease, although left-hander Walter admitted to being somewhat confused when pitted against a pair of lefties.

Both Snitterfield pairs won their semi-finals with their best tennis of the day, setting up an encounter in the final, which would ensure a Snitterfield clean sweep.