Under 15 Shires v Cumbria

The Under 15s postponed match against Cumbria took place on a miserable and snowy day.  Very many thanks to Ian Bambrick, Jack Xu and the Alams for braving the weather to take the team over to Penrith: the weather was probably worse than on the originally-planned day.  Thanks also to Ian, who managed the team for the first time and whose report follows.U15 Shires League v. Cumbria at QEGS, Penrith on Saturday 12th December

Team:   Boys: George Moran, Arif Alam, Joshua Xu and Jack Thorpe
Girls: Anna Railton, Rachel Bogan, Abby Grogan and Sarah Bambrick

With some of the stronger boys unavailable, Joshua and Jack stepped in (literally the night before for Jack) and did very well. In Jack’s case, this was his first competitive match for us.
In the mixed doubles Sarah and Arif were the only winners taking their match comfortably in the third end to 10, after two tight games. Rachel and Jack also took their match to a third end but were unable to win it, losing to 13.
The boys singles produced the two longest ends of the day with Joshua losing his first 30-29, fighting back to take the second to 17 but eventually losing to 10 in the third. Arif had a similar battle: after winning the first end to 17, he lost the second 30-28 but took the third comfortably to 7, to be the only boys’ singles winner. Jack also lost in three ends after fighting back well in the second.
The girls’ singles provided us with three wins with Anna coming back magnificently from losing the first set to 10 to win 16 and 13 in a great turnaround. Abby won her match 13 & 17 with Sarah winning comfortably to 4 & 4. Rachel put in a great deal of effort without getting her reward, losing two close ends to 17 & 18.
The girls’ doubles again provided 3 wins with Anna and Rachel winning both of their matches in two ends. Abby and Sarah won their first match 13 & 20 losing their second match to 15 & 16.
The boys’ doubles were a lot closer. George and Arif lost a tense match with the Meek twins in two tight ends 25-23 and 21-18. They won their second match in three ends, winning the third to 18. Joshua and Jack lost their first match to 19 and 10 but in their second match against Cumbria’s number one pair, the Meeks, they almost pulled off the upset of the day: after losing the first end to 14 they produced a tremendous fight back to take the second to 17. The third end was the last match on the court and it was a tense game with our boys fighting back to 20 all but finally losing 22-20. That made the overall match score 9-11 to Cumbria.
Well done to everybody for all your effort in such a close match, you are a credit to yourselves and to the County. Thank you as well for making my first game as manager an easy one. Not sure I want to have a return journey like that one though!!

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