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Stratford retain Inter-League Charity Cup

Stratford's Charity Cup winners Tim Page, Callum Bailey, Simon West, Cameron-Malik.
Stratford's Charity Cup winners Tim Page, Callum Bailey, Simon West, Cameron-Malik.

STRATFORD claimed the bragging rights in their Inter-League Charity Cup final against Leamington at Alcester on Sunday.

The 2018 final saw the reigning Wildmoor Summer League champions Stratford take on the Stratford and District Winter League runners-up Leamington.

This was the 17th year of this competition between the two leagues, the winners of which decide the fate of the £100 cheque donated by the leagues.

Summer League champions Stratford fielded a strong side, as did their opponents Leamington.

It promised to be another tight affair when Stratford drew first blood as their top pair Callum Bailey and Cameron Malik won 6-1, 6-3, beating Leamington’s Harry Brunton and Oliver Oatley, only for Leamington to draw level at 1-1.

This was because on the other court the second Leamington duo of team captain Miguel Espada and Ben Franklin beat the Stratford captain Tim Page and partner Simon West 6-3, 6-2.

After the changearound, Bailey and Malik proved too strong for Leamington’s Espada and Franklin beating them 6-2, 6-1.

In the final deciding rubber, Page and West upped their game to beat Leamington’s Brunton and Oatley 6-2, 6-1 to give Stratford the win three rubbers to one and consequently the Inter-League Charity Cup for 2018.

This was Leamington’s seventh appearance in the Inter-League Charity Cup Final, having won one and drawn one, but all against Stratford.

In contrast though, this was Stratford’s 15th consecutive appearance, having won ten of those 15 finals for the Summer League and drawing one.

The president of the Wildmoor Summer League, Tony King, from Alcester, who was also the sponsor of the event, presented the cup and individual awards, the latter of which had been donated by the Wildmoor League.

Meanwhile, league secretary Corin Bishop presented a cheque, donated this year by the Stratford and District Winter League, for £100 to the choice of a local charity made by the winners, Stratford.

They decided it should be donated to the Starlight Foundation Children’s Charity.

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