BADMINTON: Pair steer Oxon to best finish

Back row (from left): Jamie Redfern, James Moreton-Smith, Ethan Rose, Dan Worth, Christian Mitchell. Front: Safia Khimji, Saffy Gujral, Hannah Craig, Maisie Marriott, Maisie Boyd

Back row (from left): Jamie Redfern, James Moreton-Smith, Ethan Rose, Dan Worth, Christian Mitchell. Front: Safia Khimji, Saffy Gujral, Hannah Craig, Maisie Marriott, Maisie Boyd

First published in Sport

ETHAN Rose and Safia Khimji won all three mixed matches to help Oxfordshire’s Under 13 team claim their highest finish in the Shires finals.

The pair, under-age for the event, starred as the county finished the nine-month competition sixth out of 32.

It concluded at Walsall, where a tough draw saw Oxon paired with eventual runners-up Warwickshire.

The mixed and singles matches were split 6-6, but Oxon’s doubles were edged out in an 11-9 defeat.

A thumping 14-6 victory over Hampshire put them into the fifth/sixth place play-off against Surrey.

The tournament favourites lived up to their billing in the final match, winning 14-6 to leave Oxfordshire sixth.

In addition to the mixed pair’s victories, there was also notable success for Jamie Redfern, who won his three singles matches.

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