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National Junior League Day 4 - 24 February 2024

The National Junior League season concluded at Cippenham on Saturday with all three of the host club's teams positioned either second or third in their respective divisions.

The A team came closest to winning their section as any win in their final match against Graham Spicer A would have seen them finish top. However, the New Malden-based team ran out 6-3 winners to beat Cippenham to the title by a solitary point. Bharath Prasanna Kumar won two close matches while his brother Sai won the opening encounter against Aryan Sarma 3-0. Unfortunately, on this occasion, Matthew Ley, who over the first three days of the season had been the team's most successful player, could not add to the scoreline although he did lead Sarma 2-1 at one point. Earlier in the day Cippenham A had realised two good wins against Kidlington Forum A and Graham Spicer B both by 8-1with Bharath and Sai unbeaten throughout and sharing the player of the match awards.

Cippenham B, having been demoted from Division 2 following day three, found themselves in Division 3 and finished third in a closely-contested section but only one point behind the eventual winners. They started with a 6-3 win over CGS with Henry Wojcik awarded player of the match for his treble of wins but afterwards lost to both Graham Spicer teams 4-5.

A patched-up Cippenham C team, featuring debutants Akpesiri Egborge and Jude Marshall, creditably finished second in Division 6 with Akpesiri, player of the match, and Yaseen Abdelbary faultless in the 7-2 win against Warren Spring C who included an unlicensed player. Akpesiri also won twice in each of the other two matches as Cippenham were beaten 6-3 by Warren Spring B and 7-2 by Ashford C.

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