Double delight for Dunn at u-21 nationals

Alex Dunn
Alex Dunn

Motherwell’s Alex Dunn continued his fine form by lifting the Scottish under-21 title at his first attempt last weekend.

Dunn followed up his treble at last year’s under-17 nationals with another title success in the older category at the finals in Meadowbank.

And he then made it a double celebration by teaming up with his brother Robert to lift the doubles title.

The Motherwell teenager, top seed and fresh from his bronze medal success at the recent European championships, opened his singles bid with a convincing 21-3 21-5 win over Dunfermline’s Jamie Anderson.

Next up was Mauchline’s Callum McMillan who won the opening game 22-20 before Dunn bounced back to take the next two 21-17 21-14.

That put Dunn through to a semi-final against Jack Stevenson from Bishopbriggs which the Motherwell player won 21-13 21-12.

Dunn’s opponent in the final was Edinburgh’s Alistair Gordon who got to the final unseeded but found Dunn too strong, going down 21-12 21-15.

In the doubles the Dunn brothers beat Falkirk’s Andrew Cochrane and Edinburgh’s George Finney 21-2 21-5 in the opening round.

Top seeds Stevenson and Stonehaven’s Sean Leith were despatched 22-20, 21-17 in the semi-final, setting up a final against number two seeds Gordon and McMillan.

And once again the Dunn brothers came outon top, winning a hotly contested final 22-24 21-19 21-17.

However there was disappointment for Motherwell sisters Sophie and Hannah Morrison who lost out 23-21 11-21 21-19 in a thrilling womens’ doubles final against Edinburgh’s Julie MacPherson and Erskine’s Sarah Findlay.

Both girls also lost out in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles.

Sophie and Sean Leith, having beaten Robert Dunn and Mauchline’s Holly Newall 18-21 21-19 21-15 in the quarter-finals, lost 21-8 21-8 to eventual winners Gordon and MacPherson while Hannah and Mark Leith went down 21-13 21-12 to Callum MacMillan and Sarah Findlay.