WALLINGFORD’S Tony Wheeler helped England win a veterans’ tournament after achieving a dream by playing for his country.
Wheeler, who has represented Oxfordshire for almost 40 years, got the call-up to play for England in the Masters Home International Championships in Nottingham.
“I was over the moon to be selected,” said the Hithercroft member. “The depth of players in England makes it extremely difficult to win a place.”
Wheeler came into the team for captain Martin Pearce, who left himself out after losing his match in their opening 3-2 win over Scotland.
And he took his chance in style by beating Wales’s Chris Leach 9-1, 9-1, 9-2, before defeating Ireland’s Ciaron Roche 9-3, 9-3, 9-0.
This helped England win the over 65s tournament and the team elected Wheeler to receive the trophy and to keep it for a year.
Latest Sport news
- Conor McAleny delighted to get off mark by firing Oxford United to win at Charlton Athletic
- Charlton Athletic 0, Oxford United 1 (McAleny 11)
- UPDATES - Charlton Athletic v Oxford United
- Phil Edwards: Oxford United must forget FA Cup and make most of game in hand at Charlton Athletic
- Michael Appleton: We must be 'clever' to solve Oxford United's selection jigsaw
- FOOTBALL: Steve Roberts strikes twice as Heyford Athletic beat Cropredy
- FOOTBALL: David Murphy and Max Palmer smash hat-tricks for Berinsfield
- RUGBY UNION: Second-half show guides leaders Chinnor to vital victory as Henley Hawks also triumph
- HOCKEY: Lucy Stewart’s super double secures comeback victory for Oxford Hawks
- RUGBY UNION: Oxford Harlequins complete double over Banbury, while Witney and Grove also taste victory