A STRONG contingent of Bradford League Veterans made the trip to Wolverhampton last weekend to compete in the Midlands Masters tournament. and in a high quality field, pride of place went to veteran Keith Powell, from Hermits.

Powell has been a staunch supporter of the veterans tournaments for almost 40 years and has played in all the different age groups. This season is his first in the over 80s section and he made a winning start.

He breezed through his group on Saturday without dropping a game and he was just as dominant on Sunday in the knockout stage, culminating in a 3-0 final victory over Ramesh Bhalla (Kent).

The 60s age group saw Phil Cawser and Steve Kosmowsky, from Dewsbury, enjoy an excellent competition in the doubles event.

Kosmowsky was partnered by David Harvey (Gloucester) and they had a great run to the semi-final before losing to number two seeds Phil Bowen (Lancashire) and Phil Biggs (Cheshire).

Cawser was playing alongside his Dewsbury team mate Bill Grant and they were number one seeds. They reached the final but went down in an epic contest against Bowen and Biggs 12-10 in the final game.

In the singles event, Cawser went out in the third round to Bowen, while Kosmowsky had a great win over number one seed Keith Williams (Lancashire), before losing to the eventual winner, Kevin Caldon (Essex).

In the over 40s doubles, Heckmondwike teammates Mark Land and Richard Lightowler reached the final but were beaten by top seeds Darren Griffin and Adrian Pilgrim.