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16th November 2017

Positive start for Nottinghamshire 2nd

County 2nd Team - 2017After a challenging 2016-17 season which saw just one victory, Notts 2nd team looked to make a positive start to the new campaign with matches against Oxfordshire 1 and Northants 1 at Hinckley Leisure Centre on Saturday 11th November. Such is the strength of the league that no fewer than five county first teams are represented in Division 2 Central, meaning every rubber would doubtless prove important come the end of the season. In addition we were pleased to hand senior Notts debuts to Amber Ngo, Bryony Taylor, Emma Hooper and Will Peck.

Notts made a slow start in the men’s singles event against strong opposition in the form of Oxfordshire 1 in the first match, Will Peck narrowly missing out 18-21 18-21. In the women’s singles Bryony Taylor produced a strong performance to get Notts off the mark, winning 21-14 21-19. In the doubles events Ben Sanders and Manik Chakravarti came from a game down to secure a second rubber for Notts prevailing 21-16 in the third game and pairings of Kim Clague/Amber Ngo and Bryony Taylor/Emma Hooper both picked up their respective women’s doubles rubbers convincingly, neither requiring a deciding game. With the match score at 4-5 in Oxfordshire’s favour a win in the opening match was a possibility for Notts. However, despite valiant efforts pairings of Ben Sanders/Kim Clague and Ben Gardner/Emma Hooper were unable to clinch their mixed doubles rubbers, which meant the final match score of 4-7, whilst slightly disappointing, was an improvement on last year’s result.

Notts can consider themselves slightly unlucky not to have picked up a rubber in the men’s singles in the second match versus Northants – Manik Chakravarti and Will Peck narrowly missing out 21-23 23-25 and 19-21 19-21, respectively. The women’s singles proved more fruitful for Notts, Amber Ngo winning impressively 21-18 in the decider and Bryony Taylor fighting back from a game down to win 21-10 in the deciding game of her rubber. Notts drew level at 3-3 with Ben Sanders and Manik Chakravarti overcoming their opposition comfortably 21-9 21-14 in the men’s doubles, but Ben Gardner and Michael Sidwell were unable to secure a second men’s doubles rubber in a hard-fought 18-21 14-21 defeat. With the match score at 3-4, Kim Clague and Amber Ngo recovered strongly from a game down to win 21-10 in the deciding game of their women’s doubles rubber, but Bryony Taylor and Emma Hooper were unable replicate their success, going down 14-21 in the decider. Ben Sanders and Kim Clague narrowly missed out 18-21 18-21 in their mixed doubles rubber but Ben Gardner and Emma Hooper were victorious 21-15 22-20, securing a fifth rubber for Notts. A final score of 5-6 in Northants’ favour a fair reflection, and another improvement on last year’s result for Notts.

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