TABLE TENNIS: Cliffedale Chandlers Cadets march into match action

Benjamin Rigby takes on clubmate Ben Johnson in the Junior Boys plate first round at Bishop Auckland. pErkUCu16Dq7i2YlnJuh
Benjamin Rigby takes on clubmate Ben Johnson in the Junior Boys plate first round at Bishop Auckland. pErkUCu16Dq7i2YlnJuh
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Four Cliffedale Chandlers Cadet players enjoyed a busy weekend of competitive action.

Benjamin Rigby (Charles Read), Ben Johnson (King’s School) and Alexandra Robinson (Walton Girls) all competed in the Bishop Auckland 2-star event.

Alex was first in action in the Cadet Girls section in a group of three players in which they all won one and lost one, but she made it through to the second round of matches where she received a bye due to a withdrawal through illness.

But the lack of competition caught Alex out slightly and she struggled to get any of her games going against an awkward opponent who had gone straight from her quarter-final game into the semi-final. Alexandra finally lost to the eventual winner of the Cadet Girls section 3-0 after some very close sets.

The two boys join the action in the Junior competition and at one point all three were playing at the same time, with Alexandra making her debut in the Junior girls section

Benjamin and Ben both had very tough groups with the former winning one of four matches and losing three, whilst Ben put in a valiant effort in his extremely tough group but failed to claim any wins.

Both boys went through to the plate event where ironically they met each other in the first phase, with Benjamin prevailing 3-0 in a close contest.

Benjamin Rigby went on to reach the semi-final of the plate but he ran out of steam as his day ended with a 3-0 reverse. Alexandra made it through her group after some very tough games and a few come from behind victories, but she too ran out of steam and luck at the quarter-final stage.

Lucy Bridle made her competitive 2-star competition debut at Wednesbury.

Lucy, 9, is a pupil at Cliffedale School and had some tough opposition in her under-11 matches, but made them work hard for their victories.

She also played in the Under-13 Girls section and again made her opponents toil to avoid any upsets. Lucy might not have won any of her matches, but her sportsmanship and smile whilst playing won her many plaudits.

l The new season for the Grantham Table Tennis League has got under way with the main talking point being the introduction of a new plastic ball.

Cranmer A and Chandlers A won 9-1 and 7-3 respectively over BT A andAncaster in Division One. Navenby defeated Chandlers D 9-1 and BTL won 8-2 against Ancaster C in Division Two. In Division Three, Newark went straight to the top, beating Ancaster E 10-0

l Cliffedale Chandlers hold training sessions at The Meres leisure centre on Tuesdays and Fridays, 7-9pm, and Saturdays 12-2pm and 2-4pm. Visit www.cliffedalechandlers.org.uk