Sajiv blitzes his opponents to win 2-star tournament

Nikit Sajiv receives his trophy for winning the Blitz 2-star tournament. Picture submitted
Nikit Sajiv receives his trophy for winning the Blitz 2-star tournament. Picture submitted

Lillington Free Church’s Nikit Sajiv claimed the under-13 title at the Blitz 2-star tournament in Gainsborough, writes Phil John.

Sajiv won his group easily against Thomas Lambert of Cleveland, Frazer Winfield of Lincolnshire and Max Chadwick (Yorkshire).

He received a bye in the preliminary knockout round before eclipsing Harrison Dean 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 in the quarter-final.

In the last four he had his toughest test, coming back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 against Che Goldbourne of Yorkshire.

England number 21 Charlie Turner (Yorkshire), who is ranked a place behind Sajiv, was his final opponent.

However, the result was never in doubt as the Leamington player triumphed 11-9, 11-3, 11-5.

In the Leamington & District League, Colebridge A closed the gap on leaders Rugby A to three points as they trounced Free Church C 9-1 in Division One.

Alan Hewitt and Kate Hughes bagged hat-tricks and Mike Rinnhofer added two but could not prevent Kit Turner grabbing his first top-flight win.

Wellesbourne travelled to St George’s A and forced a draw.

Alan Cotton and Pete Dunnett secured braces and Dunnett took the doubles alongside Gary Stewart.

However, the man-of-the-match was Matt Jordan who won his three for the home side, allied to singles from Damon Fenton and Gary Jackson.

Wellesbourne then visited Free Church B but went down 7-3 in the face of a Sam Weaving treble and a double from Sam Wiggins.

Jeff Harris added one and the pair of Sams took the doubles.

Cotton (2) and John Price (1) replied.

Free Church B also overcame Nomads A 8-2, with Weaving (3), Wiggins (2) and Michael Ho (2) sealing the win and Weaving pairing with Ho for the doubles.

Reserve Syed Moyinuddin and Tony Thomas took the Nomads points.

St George’s B propelled themselves into third spot after crushing their A team 9-1. Mark Jackson and Laurence Sweeney were unbeaten in singles and doubles while Ron Vose won twice, falling to Jordan.

In Division Two, Colebridge C edged out basement side Eathorpe A 6-4 thanks to Michael Credland’s triple.

Neil Wheatley chipped in with two and Mike Evetts one.

Binh-Khoi Nguyen replied with two for the villagers plus the doubles with Pete Titmas. Bernard Reman took the other point.

With games in hand, Phoenix O sit in a handy fifth place after defeating struggling St George’s D 8-2.

Paul Calloway and Richard Jardim claimed maximums and won the doubles with Roy Joiner contributing one.

Phoenix then went on to beat St George’s C 7-3 (Calloway 3, Callum Martin 3 and the doubles), with Brian Aston, Kevin Finn and Will Fletcher all responding with singles.