01:00PM, Sunday 05 April 2020
Cippenham’s A team just managed to conclude their season in the National Junior League and celebrate lifting the title before the coronavirus pandemic shut down sport across the country.
The team of Pranav Gudipati, William Saint and Jaiden Caldeira amassed an impressive 85 points over the course of the season, finishing 30 points clear of their nearest challengers Ashford.
They won the Division 1 title at a canter and lifted the trophy for the first time since 2004, before any of the current team were even born.
Incidentally two of that 2004 team, brothers Oli and Ashley Shaw, now play for Cippenham’s Saxons team who were champions of the Maidenhead League last season.
Pranav can feel especially proud of the season’s he’s had, having tasted defeat only once in his 35 matches. William and Jaiden backed him up with impressive tallies of their own, winning 26 and 23 of their 34 matches respectively.
Cippenham’s other three teams in the National Junior League did not compete for honours this season, although there were some good individual performances, most notably from Douglas Claridge-Hansen and Nick Carter.
In the National Cadet League, Cippenham’s A team of William Saint, Rudii Richards and Edward Meacock came third overall in Division 1, while the B and C sides finished in mid-table. The D team of Louis Alexander, Thomas Zontanicki, Finley Carter and Mateusz Skowera topped Division 4 in the final phase of the season, a huge improvement on their first two phases.
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