Our Under 16 Shires team played Yorkshire 2 today at Pontefract. This is team manager Joel Dodd’s report:-
The team was Ollie Edmondson, Jack Tilbury, Hugh Twelves, Xuehan Zhang, Lucy Dodd, Amy Ward and Eve Beechinor-Collins. A late drop out due to overnight illness meant the team was one player down and unfortunately therefore 4:0 down before starting.
The mixed doubles was first with Ollie and Lucy securing a comfortable 2 end win against the Yorkshire first pair (21:9 21:13). The other Northumberland pairs found the opposition too strong and both lost in 2 ends.
In the boys singles there were good wins for Jack (22:20 21:16) and Xuehan (21:14 21:18). Ollie was really unlucky not to get a win, agonisingly losing 25:23 in the 3rd end. Hugh fought hard but was beaten in 2 ends. The girls singles all went Northumberland’s way, with excellent 2-end wins for all three of our girls, Lucy, Amy and Eve.
The Yorkshire boys edged the doubles 3:1, with a 21:19 third end win for the No 1 pair against Ollie and Jack ultimately proving the winning match for Yorkshire. Northumberland’s only win was Ollie and Jack against the Yorkshire 2nd pair. Lucy and Amy won both of their doubles to leave the overall result 11:9 to Yorkshire.
Northumberland leading 9:7 on matches played but the 4 conceded rubbers gave Yorkshire the win. In the circumstances, this was a very creditable result.