Lilly sparkles at Aston

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Simon Lilly had the honour of winning the first Midlands regional event of the year as a five-under-par 67 secured victory in the latest round of the Winter Series at Little Aston.

The 34-year-old Wellingborough player chalked up six birdies on the Warwickshire course to nudge a single stroke ahead of former Ryder Cup player Paul Broadhurst (Nuneaton).

As he looks to build on a superb 2011, when he qualified for the Open for the first time, Lilly went top of the MPGA Winter Series standings having finished second in the Forest of Arden competition in December.