Solihull Arden 1st team included 3 teenagers last night as they beat Edgbaston Priory, who brought a teenager of their own. Ryan Picken, the Canadian 19 year old playing at 2 string won from 2-0 down, saving match ball to win 15-13 in the decider. Sam Osbourne-Wylde, England's u15 number 1, was equally as close, beating Edgbaston's head Coach Mike Edwards 11-9 in the fifth. Hassan Khalil, aged 15, won 3-1 at 4th string.
Arden's departing assistant coach Josh Saysell finished his final match for Arden with a 100% win record this season. Josh is leaving to coach in Connecticut, Ohio and many of the club members came down to watch his final match.
The evening was finished by the 1st strings with Chris Ryder beating Edgbaston rising star Lewis Anderson in 4 games after a slow start.
Not many club matches have such a plethora of young talent on show and it was great to see two more 15 year olds (Dom Bayley & Tom Watkins) performing well for the club's 3rd team on the back courts, whilst a third 15 year old, Jake Wild, represents the 2nd team.