IT WAS nearly a clean sweep of titles for Marlborough’s top girls as they stole the show at the recent Wiltshire Closed Junior Squash Championships.

The only silverware to escape them was the girls U11 trophy which was won for a second successive year by South Marston’s Beth Donald, who beat Seona Macmillan (St Francis) in the final.

Talia Eastlake (Dauntsey’s) never looked like relinquishing her U13 title with an impressive display and after a comfortable victory in her final there followed more success for St John’s pupils Sophie Bolland and Karla Jackson, who picked up the U15 and U17 trophies respectively.

Bolland came through a close final against defending champion Phoebe Marshman, from Swindon, and Jackson beat Pippa Liversage, from Salisbury.

In the boys’ U13 category Crofton Keyes (St John’s) overcame top seed Ben Howgrave-Graham (Chafyn-Grove) but the U15 competition did go to form as Chippenham’s Marcus Wales survived an early scare to beat James Rance (St John’s) 2-1.

The boys U11 category ended up as a north-south showdown between Swindon’s Oliver Taylor and Salisbury’s Tom Campbell, whose clinched a three-game victory.

Swindon’s Michael Mellor took the boys U17 title, Marlborough’s Dan Davis falling short at the final hurdle for the second year running. Chiseldon’s Calli Smith doubled up on his recent senior success with victory in the boys U19 age group, beating Dauntsey’s Joe Prodger, while Alexa Woodhouse made it a day to remember for the Marlborough girls by claiming the girls U19 title.