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Lane gets the Nationals winning bug in Winchester

Six months ago in Wycombe, England's Ben Lane was left ruing a severe bout of food poisoning which struck overnight at the semi final stage when he, alongside Jess Pugh and Sean Vendy, seemed destined for Nationals success.

A bed ridden Ben even had to hand his mum the reigns of his social media accounts such was the concern on his welfare. 

This time around, in Winchester, Lane had the stomach for a fight, tasting success in two disciplines at the Everyone Active English National Badminton Championships.

Lane and Pugh will be one of three English pairs contesting the YONEX All England mixed doubles main draw next month in Birmingham – and the young duo will do so as English national champions.

For Lane there was double delight this weekend as he also won a debut men’s doubles title alongside Sean Vendy.

The Mixed Doubles win with Pugh saw the pair regain the crown they won two years ago in Wycombe. That time they beat Jenny Moore and Greg Mairs in the final.

This time, Moore and Mairs were again on the wrong side of scorelines but in different finals.  Moore lost out alongside Tom Wolfenden – England’s newest duo on the international circuit - in the Mixed Doubles final with Lane and Pugh running out 21-16 21-14 victors.

For Pugh it was a case of trading the Mixed Doubles title for the Womens Doubles crown she won last year with Lauren Smith but one which a change in partnership saw her miss out on retaining in this year’s final.

She has now won a nationals title in each of the last three years.

Lane would later return for the men’s doubles final and it was to be the best of five finals on finals day as he and Sean Vendy went toe to toe with Greg Mairs and 2017 champion Peter Briggs.

In a three end tussle, Lane and Vendy emerged 21-17 19-21 21-10 as the top two seeds battled for close on one hour.

The Mens Doubles title has now changed hands each year for the past 7 years of National action.

CLICK HERE for a full list of champions the Everyone Active English National Badminton Championships, staged by Hampshire Badminton Association in Winchester.