DEFENDING champion Jarrod Wood won a record 11th men’s singles title at Hartford Tennis Club.

Wood won an entertaining final at the Chester Road courts against James Barber 6-3, 6-2.

In capturing the title, he broke a record set more than 30 years ago.

“I’ve had that goal in my mind for a few years now as I’ve gotten closer to winning 11 so I’m proud to have won again this year,” said the 30-year-old.

Barber used his great athleticism, big serve and skills around the net to pose a real challenge in the final.

However, southpaw Wood, who didn’t drop a set in the tournament, was able to hit enough knockout punches on his backhand to clinch another victory.

Club chairman Jane Turley paid tribute to the two players.

“Everyone who watched the final agreed it was a high standard and it was also great to see a new face in the final in James who gave a great account of himself,” she said.

In the women’s singles it was a fitting end to the year for Helen Plumtree and Kathryn Barnett, who had produced great tennis all season.

In the end, it was Plumtree who defended her title and also added the senior / junior crown with son Max.

In the ladies’ doubles Di Fielding and Sue Nugent rolled back the years to defeat Carmen Dowd and Lin Wood.

Their victory came more than a decade after Fielding and Nugent were a regular pairing in the South and Mid Cheshire League.

The mixed trophy went to James Barlow and Chris Taylor, who defeated Neil Cocker and Mandy Hemmings in a close final.

Earlier, Cocker had played with Piers McLeish but lost out to James Peach and Andrew Moores, who secured his 10th men’s doubles title.

“I first won more than 20 years ago so I am starting to feel like the veteran I am now,” said Moores.