Oates comes close in Lancashire U17 Silver

Posted by Rob Short at 10:01 on 21 January 2015

Andrew Oates

Andrew Oates was only a few points short of a great win in the U17 Silver in Leigh, Lancashire last weekend.

Andrew won his group with relative ease, making his way in to the quarter finals where he met No 3 seed Dan Heron from Cheshire beating him in 2 comfortable sets. Next up in the semis he met the No 1 seed Jay Rathi from Yorkshire winning in three sets, this win gaining revenge for Yorkshire last year when he lost to the same player. The final against England Quad player Jack Buckley went the way of the English player 18-16, 15-12 but Andrew had an excellent tournament.

Other Welsh juniors were also successful elsewhere with Jamie Noble getting to the final at Worcester U15 Silver and Tomes Sudder winning the doubles at the same event. Michael Pritchard continued his foray into the U13 Gold circuit by playing in the Lillishall event. Michael was in the gold star event and although he did not get out of his box he played very well.