The Hampshire Cadet Team were in action again at the Waterside Table Tennis Centre in Totton.
This weekend there were two matches to play, the first against Wiltshire and the 2nd against Dorset.
The Hampshire team was not at full strength as our number two girl and boy were unavailable and number three boy was also unavailable.
This meant County representative honours for the first time for Henry Rogers who stepped in at the last minute to play at number 3 supporting Ben Poulter and Blake Sanderson.
Niamh Barratt stepped up to play at number two for Hampshire on the girls side.
As expected Ben Poulter played strongly and won all his matches despite being pushed hard by some of his opponents. The big news was that everyone won at least one match for the team over the day.
The first match with Wiltshire went to the wire with the score sitting at 5-3 to Hampshire going into the final two Games. Hampshire needed to win one of them to secure the win. First match was Georgia Barker, who had earlier defeated Julia Beilanski putting Hampshire 3-2 ahead at that stage. This time Nitya Joshi proved too strong giving Wiltshire a sniff of levelling the match. However Blake Sanderson sealed the win for Hampshire with a 3-0 win over Thomas Morton.
The 2nd match was really competitive and could have gone either way.
In this match with Dorset, Henry Rogers was the last man fighting for Hampshire with the score at Hampshire 4 Dorset 5. Unfortunately Ewan Turner edged that final match to seal the win for Dorset but Henry can be proud of a 50% average on his debut for the county.
The outstanding match of this team match and arguably of the days play was Niamh Barratt v Dorset’s number one Ella Stanton. Ella met Niamh in full flow and there was no stopping the determined attacking of Hampshire’s diminutive pocket dynamo. Niamh showed fast aggressive play and a great deal of determination to come through two deuce games in a 3-0 win.
Overall Coach Ken was pleased with the team performance once again. We had a loss but there were some creditable performances which bode well for the future.
The team and Ken would like to thank our umpire Dave Wiles and John Fox who kept everything ticking on the desk