The County Championships began on October 7th with the Cadet 2nd team playing their first round of matches in Dorset at the Dorset Table Tennis Centre. The team comprising of newcomers to the county’s team, Harry Derricki, Arjun Arora, Benjamin Mercer, Nadia Zoppos, Rose Bourdier and Louise Praydarol. Their first match against a strong Devon team ended with A 1-9 loss. Their second match against Sussex 2 was a 7-3 win, followed by a 6-4 win against Glamorgan. The last mach was a closely fought one, with the team losing 4-6 to Dorset. In their final round of matches they drew with Essex 5-5 and beat Surrey 2 6-4. They currently sit at the top of the table with 7 points, though, Glamorgan 2, Devon, Dorset and Sussex 2 have to play their remaining matches.
The Junior 2nd team played their matches in tandem with the Cadet 2nd team’s last matches at the same venue in Colchester on 11th November. They played 3 matches, beating Cambridgeshire 9-1, lost to Essex 4-6, and Surrey 3-7. Their remaining matches will be played on 24th March 2018.
The veteran 1st team played their 1st round of matches on 21st October losing to Essex 4-6, beating Sussex 2 7-3 and losing to Surrey 1 3-7. Their remaining matches will be played on 13th January 2018 and 10th March 2018.
In Veterans Div 3b, Middlesex 5 won both their matches beating Bukinghamshire 2 7-3 and Berkshire 2 6-4. Middlesex 4 lost to Buckinghamshire 2 3-7. In Division 3 C Middlesex 6 lost to Cambridgeshire 0-10, beat Hertfortdshire 5 8-2 and lost to Kent 5 3-7.
The veteran 2nd team beat both Kent 3 and Kent 4 7-3 in Division 2C, whilst our 3rd team, beat Essex 2 7-3 and drew with Surrey 3 5-5 also in the same division.
On the weekend of 16th and 17th December, the Junior Premier Division matches were played at the Westfield TTC in Wellingborough. On day 1 our Junior 1st team of Israal Awolaja, Gaurav Aravind, Branislav Zivkovic, Sarah Menghistab and Mya Sultan played 3 matches, beating Nottinghamshire 7-3, Glamorgan 7-3, and Sussex 9-1. On day 2, they beat Lancashire 6-4, drew with Kent 5-5, beat Yorkshire 6-4 to dramatically win the Premier Division title. Here is a picyure of the team with the Non Playing Captain Radovan Zivkovic and the trophies.
From left to right: Branislav Zivkovic, Mya Sukltan, Gaurav Aravind, Israel Awolaja and Sarah Menghistab. Radovan holding the trophy.
Congratulations and well done!!!.