LEXDEN Hill Tennis Club's Julie Sexton claimed a hat-trick of titles at the Colchester and District individual tennis tournament.

She reached four finals in total at the end-of-season event, held at Frinton LTC.

Sexton teamed up with The Essex's Anna Burton to beat Jenny King and Sarah Sykes 6-3, 6-3 to claim their first Open Ladies doubles success since 1984.

She then went on to win the Married Couples event with husband Richard, beating Peter and Laura Richmond.

Sexton then followed this up by winning the Over 40s singles against Lynn Lennard-Jones, winning 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-1.

She was back on court immediately to play in the Over 40s ladies doubles with Burton again.

They led by a set but at 3-3, the rain thwarted Sexton in her attempt to win four titles in one day.

Max Bartin also competed in four finals.

He was successful in both the under-16 and under-18 Boys' Singles, defeating James Howarth in both finals.

Bartin then teamed up with Richard Dupree in the Restricted Men's doubles to beat Chris Edwards and Ben Vickers, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

He followed this with Gemma Williams in the Restricted Mixed doubles, defeating Richard Arrell and Tina Newnes 6-2, 7-5.

Williams also had a very successful day - she beat Victoria Peck 6-1, 6-2 in the Restricted Ladies singles and then beat Lennard-Jones 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a very competitive Open Ladies singles.

Andy Reid beat last year's champion, Tom Perry, in the Open Men's singles and retained his Open Men's doubles crown with Henry Arrell, defeating Mark Grover and Dan Nowell in a high-class match 7-5, 6-4.

One of the longest matches of the day was the Under-12 boys' singles.

Reace Figagi finally overcame Jake Woods' resistance, winning 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

The Under-14 boys' singles was won by Kai Cowcher 6-3, 6-0 against Aadam Hashmi.

Rumya Prabaker prevailed 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 against Georgia Mosey in a hard-fought under-16 girls' singles final.

Francesca Hughes defeated Lizzie Thompson in the under-14 girls' singles, while James Howarth and Michael Kelly beat Matthew Capon and Harry Hennesy in the under-18 boys' doubles.

Colin Minter and Jon Oates had to fight hard to retain the Over 40s Men's doubles, coming from a set down to beat Dave Birks and John Nyasi

6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2.

Minter also won the Over-40s Mixed doubles with Fenella Pearey against Birks and Fiona Courtauld 7-6(8), 4-6, 7-5.

This capped a bad day for Birks, who had earlier lost in the Over-40s singles to Andy Knights.

In the Over-55s doubles, Jill Crown and Joan Hassell defeated Sue Bennett and Kerry Porter.

But Porter came out on top in the Mixed Doubles with Richard Arrell, recovering from a set down to win 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 against Rob Boyd and Crown.

Boyd was also on the losing side in the Mens Doubles playing with David Hall and going down 6-4, 6-2 to Arrell and Richard Sexton.

Murray Lane won the Restricted Men's singles 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 against Tom Brown.

And Victoria Peck and Roslyn Marriott-Cox beat Sue Bennett and Therese Brown 7-6(4), 6-3 in the Restricted Ladies doubles.

The final match of the day was the Open Mixed doubles, which saw Perry and Lennard-Jones finish on a high after their singles losses, against Peter Richmond and talented 13-year-old Sarah Skaria.

The match, played in the rain, fluctuated from one side to the other but Richmond and Skaria finally came out on top, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.