Lockett and Clarke dominate finals day

FELIXSTOWE duo Stephanie Lockett and Danny Clarke dominated the finals day at the Cecil and Larter Bury and West Suffolk tournament recently.

Stuart Watson

FELIXSTOWE duo Stephanie Lockett and Danny Clarke dominated the finals day at the Cecil and Larter Bury and West Suffolk tournament recently.

Both players succeeded in two finals events, with Lockett taking the Girls' Under-18 and Women's U21 singles titles and Clarke securing both the Boys' U18 and U16 trophies.

Clarke, seeded fifth in the U18 draw, came up against big-serving Simon Farewell in the final. Farewell had been in great form during the week, despatching Josh Bolt in the U21 semi-final, and he continued that form in the opening set, winning 6-1.

However, Clarke refused to roll over and played some outstanding grass court tennis for the remainder of the match. His soft hands at the net enabled him to serve and volley with distinction as he took the second set 6-0.

It was eventually somewhat straightforward for Clarke, who appeared to have an answer to everything that Farewell threw at him as he ran out a 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 winner.

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Meanwhile, Lockett locked horns with Grace Hughes in the Girls' U18 singles final. The pair have enjoyed many close battles in the past but this contest threatened to run away from Hughes as Lockett sealed the first set 6-1.

Norfolk youngster Hughes battled back in the second set with both players trading breaks of serve on the way to a tie-break. Lockett underlined her status as the highest ranked female at the tournament by closing out the tie-break to wrap up a 6-1, 7-6 success.

Elsewhere, U14 Girls finalists Eliza Henshall and Charlotte Harpur produced an interesting final that took three sets to separate the pair.

Harpur raced through the first set, taking it 6-2, before Henshall rallied in style, replying to win the second set 6-1.

Naturally the duo became somewhat nervous with the finishing line in sight, but it was top seed Henshall who showed the greater nerve to close out a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory.

Cecil and Larter Bury and West Suffolk Tournament

Men's U21 Singles Final: S. Farewell bt A. Coulthart 7-5 6-1

Women's U21 Singles Final: S. Lockett bt Z. Davidson 6-4 7-6

Boys' U18 Singles Final: D. Clarke bt S. Farewell 1-6 6-0 6-2

Girls' U18 Singles Final: S. Lockett bt G. Hughes 6-1 7-6

Boys' U16 Singles Final: D. Clarke bt J. Amey 6-4 7-5

Girls' U16 Singles Final: G. Hughes bt E. Henshall 6-2 6-0

Boys' U14 Singles Final: Z. Lloyd bt S. Fowler 6-2 6-0

Girls' U14 Singles Final: E. Henshall bt C. Harpur 2-6 6-1 6-4

Boys' U12 Singles Final: R. Wilson bt M. Brindle 6-4 2-6 (10-6)

Girls' U12 Singles Final: G. Palffy bt P. Scotcher 6-4 6-4

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