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National Junior League and National Cadet League - 7/15 March 2020

Cippenham win National Junior League title

Two other competitions were able to conclude before the shutdown of all table tennis activity due to the Coronavirus issue. These were the National Junior League and the National Cadet League.

Pride of place goes to the Cippenham A team in the National Junior League who won Division 1 in a canter, amassing 85 points over the season with runners-up Ashford accumulating only 55. The last time that Cippenham won this league was in 2004, before any of the current successful team of Pranav Gudipati, William Saint and Jaiden Caldeira were born. Incidentally, two of that 2004 team, brothers Oli and Ashley Shaw are now part of the successful Cippenham Saxons team, champions last season of the Maidenhead League.

Pranav Gudipati can be especially proud of his record as the outstanding player in the League, having tasted defeat only once in his thirty-five matches. William Saint and Jaiden Caldeira backed him up well with 26 and 23 wins respectively in their 34 matches.

Cippenham's other three teams in the National Junior League did not vie for honours in the other three divisions but there were some good individual performances, notably from Douglas Claridge-Hansen and Nick Carter. 

In the National Cadet League, Cippenham's top team of William Saint, Rudii Richards and Edward Meacock finished third altogether in Division 1 while the B and C teams were mid-table in their divisions and the D team completed the final phase of the season top of Division 4, a huge improvement on their showing in the first two phases. Congratulations also to their team of Louis Alexander, Thomas Zontanicki, Finlay Carter and Mateusz Skowera.

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