It was a double doubles success for Arif Alam at the Tees Valley Under 16 Bronze event on Saturday. There were also winners’ medals for Melvin Cherian and Sarah Bambrick, runners-up berths for Rachel Bogan and Melvin and a bronze for Matty Jerdan – together with good results from several of our juniors, some in their first outings on the BE circuit.
The Mixed Doubles saw an all-Northumberland final. Arif and Sarah had beaten the second seeds in their group, going on to face top seeds Melvin and Rachel in the final. This turned out to be a very close game but Arif and Sarah just edged it to take the gold medals 21-19. In their boys doubles group matches, Arif and Melvin defeated the top seeds with an excellent 21-7 result, going into the final against the Lancashire pair of Ben Mahoney and Akshay Narayan. They held their game together well to take a comfortable 21-12 victory. Matty Jerdan, playing with Durham’s Sean Grieveson, got very close to defeating Arif and Melvin in their group encounter before succumbing 20-21: but this was good enough for a bronze medal.
In the girls doubles, which was won by a Derbyshire pair, Sarah and Rachel took 2 of the group matches but could not get into the medals. Both girls also won two of their three singles group matches, with Sarah recording a very respectable 16-21 against the eventual winner, Isobel Pike of Leicestershire. The boys singles saw Arif win three matches but lose 15-21 to the top seed and losing finalist. Melvin and Matty Jerdan both scored two singles wins and there was good experience gained by relative newcomers, Michael Laux, James Dodd and the Nayyar brothers, Jai and Vikram.
Well done to them all – but particularly to the four gold medalists.