ETHAN Rose and Safia Khimji won all three mixed matches to help Oxfordshire’s Under 13 team claim their highest finish in the Shires finals.

The pair, under-age for the event, starred as the county finished the nine-month competition sixth out of 32.

It concluded at Walsall, where a tough draw saw Oxon paired with eventual runners-up Warwickshire.

The mixed and singles matches were split 6-6, but Oxon’s doubles were edged out in an 11-9 defeat.

A thumping 14-6 victory over Hampshire put them into the fifth/sixth place play-off against Surrey.

The tournament favourites lived up to their billing in the final match, winning 14-6 to leave Oxfordshire sixth.

In addition to the mixed pair’s victories, there was also notable success for Jamie Redfern, who won his three singles matches.