The second round of Junior Restricted Championships took place on Sunday 27th, with events for Under 16s and Under 20s. The boys’ events in the older age group had a particularly good entry with several players who are starting to make impressions at senior level. The very late availability of Philip Pahatouridis, who is also the current senior champion, was a special boost – although it was unfortunate that there were insufficient entries for the girls’ and mixed events.
Philip came through his group matches with little difficulty. His group also saw a very tight match between Jamie Tinnion and Alistair McLane which was just edged by Jamie. David Murray took the second group, just holding off a strong challenge from Gyan Chadda, and Ashraf Alam was a convincing winner of the third group. The semi-final between Ashraf and David went to Ash by 15-3, 15-12. Ash pushed Philip all the way in the longer-form final but Philip came out on top 22-20, 21-16. Ashraf had his revenge in the level doubles when he partnered David to a 21-14, 21-19 final win over Philip who was in a scratch pairing with Dylan Foster.
For the Under 16s, the girls were again very thin on the ground but we did have Rachel Bogan and Sarah Bambrick to give us a very close competitive singles final, which Sarah took 15-8, 12-15, 17-15. The two faced each other again in the mixed doubles when Rachel was able to reverse the singles result. Partnering Melvin Cherian, she took a close victory 15-13, 15-13 over Sarah and Arif Alam. The mixed doubles players can be seen here.
In the Under 16 boys’ singles, the 15 competitors were split into three groups. Andrew Liang took his group with relative ease and none of the matches in this group went to the third end: the closest was Neil Shi’s 13 and 13 win over Finlay Smith. Tim Bodani won three of his four matches. Melvin also took his group comfortably: the other four players were all very close but Christian Sharp just edged second place in the group. The tightest group by far was taken by Arif, although he was pressed very hard by Matty Jerdan, only winning their match 15-11, 11-15, 15-13. In a group featuring several long matches, Matthew Grant showed great fighting spirit to win three three-enders as runner-up.
The boys’ singles semi between Arif and Andrew was taken by the latter 15-12, 15-12 and it was Andrew who powered on to beat Melvin in a close final 12-15, 15-13, 15-8. In partnership with Matty Jerdan, Andrew also took the boys’ doubles final with a fine 15-12, 13-15, 15-11 win over Arif and Melvin.
The full results can be seen by following the link below.