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29th January 2018

The Comeback Kings at the Double

Notts 2nd team went into the second matchday of the 2017-18 Senior County Championships season on Saturday 27th January in mid-table confident of improving on previous narrow defeats at the hands of Oxfordshire 1 and Northants 1.

Notts made a decent start in the first tie of the day against Cambridgeshire 1 taking two of the five singles rubbers; James Anderson, making his Notts debut, and Amber Ngo prevailed 21-15 21-16 and 21-15 12-21 23-21, respectively.

Menís doubles pairings of Ben Gardner and Manik Chakravarti, and William Peck and debutant Josh Guest were unable to secure a victory in close-run games meaning that with the overall score at 2-5 in favour of the opposition it would require Notts to win all four of the remaining womenís and mixed doubles rubbers to take the tie overall.

Womenís doubles pairings of Kim Clague and Amber Ngo, and Bryony Taylor and Emma Hooper both battled through to secure their rubbers narrowing the deficit to just one rubber with the overall score now at 4-5.

Chakravarti and Clague brought the scores level at 5-5 winning a close fought encounter 21-17 in the decider in the first mixed doubles rubber before Gardner and Hooper completed an unlikely turnaround with a convincing 21-14 21-12 victory to notch up Nottsí first win of the season 6-5.

Buoyed by their success Notts made a respectable start to the second tie against opponents Buckinghamshire 2, Amber Ngo and Bryony Taylor securing their singles rubbers 21-16 21-18 and 16-21 12-17 12-11, respectively.

Despite hard-fought performances Notts again went down in both menís doubles rubbers, so the overall score at 2-5 meant another comeback was required to pull a victory out of the bag.

But Notts rallied with convincing victories for Clague and Ngo, and Taylor and Hooper 21-13 21-13 and 21-12 21-9, respectively, in the womenís doubles.

The mixed doubles saw Chakravarti and Clague again bring the scores level with a resounding 21-16 21-7 win before Notts completed another impressive turnaround with a close fought victory in the final rubber of the match, Gardner and Hooper winning through 22-20 in a dramatic deciding game.

The final score of 6-5 to Notts completed a successful day for the team and all but secures their place in Division 2 - Central for next season.

Representing Notts 2 were:
Manik Chakravarti
Will Peck
James Anderson
Josh Guest
Ben Gardner
Amber Ngo
Bryony Taylor
Kim Clague
Emma Hooper

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