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Cippenham boys maintain third place after six-point haul in Derby

Photo: Shae Thakker


Cippenham boys’ team  remain third in the Junior British League Division 4B after winning three of their five matches in Derby over the weekend.

The six-point haul was one better than they achieved in the first weekend of matches in November.

Shae Thakker and Mihnea Dascalu both scored six wins over the weekend, while Pranav Gudipati did well to win half of his six matches and William Fricker weighed in with one.

Cippenham got off to a good start on Saturday morning with a 4-2 win over fourth-placed Fusion 3.
Thakker and Dascalu won two each while the south London side were only able to respond by winning their two encounters with Fricker. Gudipati replaced Dascalu for the afternoon match with leaders Halton 2. The Widnes team eventually won 5-1 with only Gudipati scoring for Cippenham in the final set against Tom Watson.

However, the scoreline belies the closeness of the match in which Cippenham players three times lost by very narrow margins in the deciding game and no set finished 3-0.

Cippenham went back to winning ways for the final match on Saturday as BATTS B, who fell from second to fifth in the table over the course of the weekend, succumbed 4-2.
Thakker was on top form winning both his matches 3-0 while Gudipati held on to win 11-9 in the fifth game against Charlie Read and Dascalu secured both points by bearing the same player 3-1 in the final set.

Colebridge B were no match for Cippenham on Sunday morning, obtaining only a consolation victory late in the final set when Gudipati was beaten 12-10 in the fifth by Benjamin Rycroft-Stanley.
Prior to this, Thakker dropped just one game in his brace of wins, Dascalu brushed aside Jake Crawshae 3-0 and then won in the fifth against Henry Belcher  and Gudipati did better by winning 3-1 against the same opponent.

A win against Mid Ulster in the final match on Sunday afternoon would have secured Cippenham second place in the division.

However, it was not to be and their Northern Irish opponents ran out 4-2 winners. Dascalu and Fricker both beat the opposing number three player, Daniel Urwin.


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