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Gregory and Wellicome claim their first Devon county titles

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

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MIKE Gregory and Zoe Wellicome won their first county racketball titles at the Devon championships last weekend.

They emerged victorious at the event staged at their home Devon & Exeter Squash & Racketball Club.

The men's final between long-time rivals Gregory and Matt Baker lived up to expectation.

Gregory won the first game before Baker won the next two. The fourth game saw Baker waste a number of match balls before Gregory snatched it 13-11.

That took its toll on Baker, who was forced to retire through injury early in the fifth.

Paul Gregory made it a family affair as he won the men's plate event for first round losers. The Devon & Exeter player beat Andy Jones 3-0.

The final of the men's classic event, for second round losers, saw Paul Smith narrowly get the better of his fellow Devon & Exeter club member Rob Watkins 3-2.

In the ladies' event the final was also a cracker, with Devon's two best female players Karen Bealey and Zoe Wellicome battling it out.

Wellicombe dropped the first game, but from that point on her power was a telling factor as she won 3-1.

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