The following report has come in from Elizabeth Alam, Ashraf’s mum. Many thanks to her – and commiserations about a difficult drive back home on Saturday evening.
Derbyshire U13s silver extra (on 28th January) saw Murray play Joshua Foot in the singles final. The first set was STUNNING and finally ended 20-18 to Joshua. That took its toll, and Joshua went on to quickly take the second set and the gold medal. Murray had played really well all day, including an easy win over rival James Youle who had outplayed him only a week before. Ashraf had the misfortune of being in Joshua’s group, so didn’t progress beyond the group stages.
Murray and Ashraf paired up for the doubles, and went all the way to a final against James Youle and Jay Rathi. The Yorkshire pair proved just too strong, winning 15-9, 16-14: so it was silver medals for the Northumberland/Durham pair.
This weekend it was off to the Cheshire U13s, where everyone went one better. Murray went straight from his group to the final, and waited for the winner of the semi between Ashraf and Joe Daly. Ashraf did Murray the favour of wearing Joe down, but had to settle for bronze after narrowly losing a fiercely contested 3rd set 21-19. Murray went on to win gold in two sets.
Murray and Ashraf took on many very well-established County pairs in the doubles but battled through to a final against Joe BowdenMills and Rory Wilkinson (who had beaten Youle and Rathi two weeks earlier). It was another thrilling and closely contested 3 set match, and Murray and Ashraf came out on top!
The only downside was that it was nearly 5pm before we left Macclesfield, and travelled East into the worst of the snow. Not sure about Murray, Duncan and the camper van – but Ashraf and I eventually called it a day at Wetherby and found somewhere to stay overnight. 20mph on the A1/M1 is not the best way of travelling home!
Anyway, very well done to both the lads – and thanks to Elizabeth.