More final delight for Bloomfield

Richard Bloomfield continued his good form of late with victory over Hertfordshire's Dominic Ross-Hurst in the final of the AEGON British Tour event at Easton College last week.

Top-seeded Bloomfield was comfortable throughout, dropping no more than seven games in any of his four matches which included the 6-0, 6-2 dismissal of third-seeded Ross-Hurst.

The 28-year-old from Alpington, fresh from a Futures win in late September, beat up-and-coming Suffolk youngster Myles Orton 6-3, 6-4 in his toughest test of the week after cruising through the opening rounds.

The tournament, in its second year, took place in the indoor facility at Easton College which has also recently opened brand new European clay courts.

Bloomfield was not the only Norfolk entry; 17-year-old Amy Partridge made her mark on the event after reaching the quarter-finals and pushing top seed and world number 818 Yasmin Clarke to a third set.


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Partridge defeated Norfolk team-mate Olivia Nicholls in the opening round before dispatching fifth seed Joanna Horne 6-0, 6-3 in round two.

Fourteen-year-old Klara Moolman also performed well, coming through qualifying against team-mate Maria Andrews to reach the main draw and then beating Jasmine Horsey, from Kent, in round one. Moolman was finally stopped by fellow qualifier Anastasia Reimchen in the last 16.

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Nicky Crawley reached the last 16 in his return to the British Tour for the first time since 2003, defeating Matthew Finnerty in three sets but finding life difficult against full-time player Keelan Oakley in his second match.

Harry Weeds came up just short of the main draw after coming all the way through pre-qualifying to reach the final qualifying round. James Elliot (Beds) ended Weeds' run 6-0, 6-3.

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