Oxford went down 7-3 at Leamington in the Veterans Midland League – despite a fine maximum from Karl Bushell.

The Forum ace won all his matches in straight sets, but Leamington’s strength in depth proved decisive.

Chris Lansley, making his first-team debut, lost to Pat McCabe 15-13 in the fifth, and took Simon Griew to the deciding set.

Neil Hurford also went to five sets with Simon and Mark Jackson.