John Leung, who last played for Warwickshire's first team in 1995, captured the coveted men's singles title for the first time since 1991 at the annual inter-county closed tournament, at St Augustines, Coventry, writes David Wilson.
The 32-year-old defeated three-time winner, Chris Dakin 21-9, 19-21, 21-15 in the final.
Leung, despite an absence from the county, has been coaching the elite squads at Streetly Sports Centre and last week opened an academy at the school and sports centre, designed to improve youngsters.
He said: "Some of the people I coach at the classes asked me to enter the county event and I wanted to support them and the event at the same time."
Although out of top play for some time, he had not lost his powerful attacking style and the new scoring system has helped him to adapt his play. He had a tough semi-final against Raj Bagga before winning 15-21, 21-10, 21-12. In the other semi-final, Dakin beat Ben Stawski 21-12, 21-10.
Leung partnered Handel Suryaputra, a pupil of his, in the men's doubles and they beat five-time winners, Coventry's Chris Roe and Carl Goode, 12-21, 21-14, 21-14 in the final.
Coventry's Catherine Grant won three titles. She defeated the holder and favourite, Coventry's Fontaine Chapman, 21-19, 21-18 in the ladies' singles final. Grant, losing finalist to Chapman last year, never let her opponent dictate the match and forced serving and net-play errors.
In the ladies' doubles final, Grant and Claire Millward beat Mary Le Druillanec and Sarah Stevenson 22-20, 21-14. Grant and Chris Roe won a fourth mixed doubles title by beating Suryaputra and Chapman 21-19, 21-15.
Solihull & Shirley first men's side beat KRS I 6-3 in Division One of the Birmingham League while relegated Solihull ladies' first side had 5-1 and 6-0 wins over their seconds.