The following report of our first match against Cumbria is based on team manager Norman Allan’s post-match summary. The new season has brought a new squad and I would like to thank the new team members for their contribution to the performance, and of course the players from last season.
Cumbria arrived on a high having beaten Flintshire well the previous weekend. But Northumberland, even without Amit and having said goodbye to Ira, still chalked up an excellent 14-6 win.
Northumberland got off to a great start, taking the mixed doubles 3-1. In fact the rubber we lost could easily have been won, as Hannah and Arohan only went down after three close ends. This trend continued throughout the afternoon with Northumberland winning both the boys and the girls singles with 3-1 scorelines. Philip’s loss in the top singles match was a bit of a surprise but could hardly have been closer.
This meant we were leading 9-3 going into the level doubles, needing only 2 more wins from the eight rubbers to secure the victory. The two boys doubles pairs duly delivered with comfortable 2-end wins. Annie and Naomi added another win before the cross-over doubles matches, which were shared.
The final score of 14-6 was probably a fair result and seven of the games went to three ends.
On an encouraging note for the rest of the season, all of the new players performed well and the whole team’s conduct both on and off the field was exemplary.
The team was: Alisha Israni, Annie Karn, Hannah Charlton, Naomi Chidambaram & Sarah Wilson; Adam Day, Arohan Subramonia, Lee Anderson, Philip Pahatouridis & Stephen Allan.
Well done to them all – and thanks to the staff at the Lightfoot Centre for being so accommodating!