Cerryg Davies U13 Mixed Tournament

Off to York again for the U13’s for the Cerryg Davies memorial trophy where teams compete in mixed pairs. After a good year as team manager for the U13s it was to be Jon Allen’s last job before standing down.

The Team Leics pairs were Luke Hoult and Tamsin Betts, Jess Allen and Tom Paterson-Watts, Sophie Watson and Danny Beynon and Tilly Dale and Owen King.

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U13 Cerryg Davies mixed players: Danny, Tom, Owen, Luke, Jess, Tilly, Tamsin and Sophie

With 9 counties and 4 pairs per county, teams were split in to groups and after some good games, 3 of our pairs went through into top half for the next stage of play. While Sophie and Danny came 3rd in their group, Luke and Tamsin and Tom and Jess met each other in the deciding game of their group; after a hard fought contest Luke and Tamsin won 21-20. Meanwhile in group B, Tilly and Owen won all their matches.

Players then split again into groups of 3 to decide the final positions. Luke and Tamsin had the top 2 Warwickshire mixed pairs in their group and after a hard fought game with the Warwks #1 pair, they just lost out, coming 3rd overall – a  great achievement!

Next up were Jess and Tom who won one and lost one so finishing 5th overall and Sophie and Danny the same, coming in 8th place. Then, after a hard fought last game Tilly and Owen came second in the B group. A great day for all players was rounded off by winning team silver overall, especially for the U12’s in the team, Luke, Tilly and Sophie, who now had a silver medal to go with the gold and bronze won at the other York team events earlier in the year.

A special award was then given for most sporting girl and boy over the whole day, voted for by all the counties managers. After a few nominations for Leics, Sophie Watson was awarded the title of Most Sporting Girl! Well done to all the players!

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Most Sporting Girl, Sophie Watson

 

Cooper Cup & Ray Liggins

The first weekend in June saw Leicestershire’s top U13 girls and U12 boys compete respectively in the annual Cooper Cup and Ray Liggins tournaments.

Cooper Cup

Having won through the earlier rounds, the final was contested by doubles partners Tamsin Betts and Jess Allen with Jess winning through to win the cup this year. The winner in the plate event was Tilly Dale.

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Cooper Cup winner Jess with runner-up Tamsin

Ray Liggins

Open to all U12 boys in the county, the final of this boys singles event saw Luke Hoult and Ayush Panchal compete for the trophy, with Luke coming out on top as this year’s winner. The plate event was won by Mitesh Chauhan.

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Ray Liggins winner Luke with runner-up Ayush

Inter Counties Tournament 2016

The Team : Zoe King, Michelle Lou, Chloe Wilkins, Wembley Prince, Hope Warner, Nick Twells, Camron Collens, Jai Chandarana, Matt Cross and Martin Beynon 

Leicestershire’s ICT team got ready to embark on what for many members of the team was their last ever ICT. The first morning always seems to take so long, sorting out rooms and photos etc but once all the little bits of admin were done, Leicestershire made their way to the first venue.

Leicestershire’s first two matches were against Essex and Cumbria. Despite thoughts that Essex were going to be a slight banana skin, Leicestershire eased to an 8-2 victory. Special mention to Martin Beynon who in his first ever ICT match recorded an egg, 15-0 victory in the first end of his doubles with Matt Cross.

The second match was against Cumbria which proved no issue with Leicestershire taking the match 10-0.

Third match of the day and with Leicestershire already guaranteed a top half finish, it was crucial to win in order to avoid the mighty Bucks on Day 2. Leicestershire didn’t disappoint taking a 7-3 victory, including an impressive win from Hope Warner and Zoe King against the current U17 National Champions.

Day 2 and Leicestershire were drawn against Staffordshire, Cheshire and Surrey. First up Staffs and this match was a complete team effort with everyone winning important matches to take a 6-4 victory. The same followed as Leicestershire took on Cheshire recording a 7-3 victory.

Last up were Surrey, a team who were seeded to finish in the Top 4. Leicester knew that this could be tight with a possibility of upsetting the odds and putting ourselves into the Top 4. Despite losing the first 2 matches Leicestershire fought back with some impressive wins including some big upsets at second doubles by Matt Cross and Martin Beynon and first singles by Jai Chandarana. But sadly Surrey prevailed 6-4.

Day 3 & 4 and Leicestershire would be playing for places 5-8. The first match was against Hertfordshire, and as all the matches would be for the next 2 days, this looked to be tight. However Leicestershire proved too strong and completely a 7-3 victory. After this the last match of the day against Kent everyone knew their duties and performed a professional job again winning 7-3.

Last match of ICT 2016 was against the surprised package of the tournament Devon, with the winner taking 5th place. Leicestershire refused to let it slip and rounded off an impressive tournament with an extremely tight and nervy 6-4 victory.

A massive congratulations to the players who finished in 5th place, only losing one match in 4 days. As ever, this tournament would not be possible without the army of supporters Leicestershire takes with it, so a massive “Thank You” to all who made ICT 2016 a special tournament.

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ICT Team 2016: Zoe King, Michelle Lou, Chloe Wilkins, Wembley Prince, Hope Warner, Nick Twells, Camron Collens, Jai Chandarana, Matt Cross, Martin Beynon