Day three of National Cadet League kicked off on Sunday 9th January. Again, we had two teams in for Bishop. Team A consisted of James Reeves, Lucy Hetherington and Charlie Aisbitt. Team B consisted of Lucas Hannan, Harry Siddall, and Haiden Harris. Unfortunately to start the day off, Haiden was unable to make the fixtures and therefore, all his matches were automatically forfeited.
The first match of the day Bishop A verses Bishop B. Aisbitt and Hannan started with a very close match, but Hannan came out on top in three ends (11-9, 12-10, 11-9). Hetherington and Siddall also started off with a very close game, and Hetherington came away with her first win of the day, in her first match of the day (6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 3-11, 12-10). Siddall claimed a great result over Reeves, winning (11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5). Reeves and Hannan had a tight final game of the match, very intense and professional match play, with Hannan taking the win (14-12, 11-8, 11-8). The first game of the day was in Bishop Auckland B team’s favour 5 games to 4.
The A teams second match of the day was against local team Brandon. Hetherington managed to claim an end in her first game but lost (11-8, 8-11, 5-11, 4-11). Aisbitt again showed some great awareness on the table, but unfortunately lost in 5 ends (11-4, 10-1211-5, 6-11, 6-11). The only win of the match came from Reeves, who had a close battle for the first two ends and used his excellent ability of spin to confuse the opponent and won in four (13-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6). The A team’s second match finished 8 games to one in Brandon’s favour.
The B teams second match of the day was against Darlington A. Unfortunately, with Harris not in attendance, the B team were down three games to start. However, both Siddall and Hannan claimed all three games, with Siddall only dropping one end in all three of his games (11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8. 11-6, 11-7, 11-8. 11-4, 11-6, 11-4.) Hannan also had a successful match and claimed his final win in a close 5 set match (11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-4). The result of the B teams second match ended six games to three in Bishop’s favour.
The B teams third game was against a strong Ormesby A team. There were a lot of tough games in this match, and Ormesby were a much stronger team. The only success of this match was a winning end by Hannan, who unfortunately lost in four (6-11, 11-4, 7-11, 3-11). The result of this match was nine to nil in Ormesby’s favour.
The A team had a tough third match also, playing Scarborough, however there was a great attitude by all three players, and each managed to claim one win, with Aisbitt clinching his in five ends (11-7, 4-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-9). Hetherington also had a close game and won (5-11, 14-12, 11-89-11, 11-6). The result of this match was six to three in Scarborough’s favour.
Bishop’s B teams final match of the day was against Darlington B, who were also a player missing for the match. Both Hannan and Siddall only played two matches each. Hannan won both matches quickly, making short work of both opponents. Siddall was following suit and won both games without dropping many points at all (11-3, 11-4, 11-5). The result was six to three in Bishop’s favour.
The A team’s final game of the day was verses Ormesby B, who were a player down, meaning three wins instantly to our Bishop team. There were some great rallies, and Aisbitt was unlucky to get his first win, losing in five (9-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 9-11). Hetherington also had a close first game losing (3-11, 8-11, 9-11). Reeves claimed the only win of the match, beating his opponent (11-6, 11-8, 11-0). The A team were unfortunate not to come away with the win and the result of the match was five games to four in Ormesby’s favour.
The B team came away with three wins out of four matches and are currently fourth in the table. The A team had some tough games and did not manage a win in the day. A fantastic well done to both teams, yet again their attitudes through the day were positive, and they seemed to enjoy each match, regardless of the result. Ryan Morton mentioned “Although there were tough games today, I am pleased to see players enjoying not only playing, but spending time with their peers, just another advantage of playing table tennis. I hope to help them all improve further before the last weekend in March".