Slideshow: Sai Raj reigns supreme

PUBLISHED: 18:12 09 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 26 October 2009

WGC schoolboy Sai Raj Kondan lifted the Herts Under-10 boys singles trophy in Stevenage last month. The Creswick JMI youngster beat Green Lane Primary pupil Samuel Newlove in the county final at the Stevenage Leisure Centre. Twenty lads entered the HSBA

WGC schoolboy Sai Raj Kondan lifted the Herts Under-10 boys' singles trophy in Stevenage last month.

The Creswick JMI youngster beat Green Lane Primary pupil Samuel Newlove in the county final at the Stevenage Leisure Centre.

Twenty lads entered the HSBA tournament with most of them coming from Lochinver House in Potters Bar and Letchworth's Wilbury JM and Norton St Nicholas.

The competitors were grouped in five pools of four and one of five.

The groups were won by Archie Preston, Kelvin Lee, Sai Raj Kondan, Laurence Lee, Zach Daniels and Newlove.

In the top half of the main event, Lochinver pupils Preston and Kavit Borkhataria both had byes to the quarter- finals, as did Swifts member Newlove.

Templewood pupil Kelvin Lee was defeated in the previous round by Austin Ephgrave and Daniels lost to Rajan Lal.

Potters Bar schoolboy Preston beat Matthew Calver in the top half of the quarters and Sai Raj defeated Ephgrave. Sai Raj then had a close game against Preston, just winning 21-18 to reach the final.

In the bottom half, Lal knocked out Laurence Lee, a Templewood JMI pupil and Swifts club player.

Hatfield schoolboy Newlove beat Lochinver's Borkhataria in the quarters to set up a semi clash with Lal.

The Swifts youngster just scraped a win over the Norton St Nicholas pupil, but Newlove was unable to repeat that in the final and there was an easy win for Creswick's Kondan.

Liam Bishton won through to the final of the plate with victories over Lochinver House's Alexander Long 21-8 and Joseph Pridmore 21-19.

In the bottom half, Lochinver's Henry Wood beat Joshua Breaker-Rolfe 21-6 and then Alex Bull 21-5.

He defeated Knebworth Primary's Andrew Baird 21-9 in the semis but then lost to Bishton in a hard-fought final encounter.

HSBA Tournament Results

U10 Boys' Singles

Quarter-finals: Archie Preston (Lochinver House) beat Matthew Calver (Wilbury JM) 21-6; Sai Raj Kondan (Creswick JMI) beat Austin Ephgrave (Wilbury JM) 21-8; Rajan Lal (Norton St Nicholas) beat Laurence Lee (Templewood JMI) 21-15; Samuel Newlove (Green Lanes Primary) beat Kavit Borkhataria (Lochinver House) 21-14.

Semi-finals: Sai Raj Kondan beat Archie Preston 21-18; Samuel Newlove beat Rajan Lal 22-20.

Final: Sai Raj Kondan beat Samuel Newlove 21-6.

Plate Final: Liam Bishton (Wilbury JM) beat Henry Wood (Lochinver House) 21-12.

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