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Women's British League 2nd Weekend - 4/5 February 2017

Both teams stranded at foot of table

Another poor weekend of results saw both Cippenham teams finish bottom of their divisions in the Women’s British League. However, both teams improved on their performances from the first weekend in October, but both seem doomed to be relegated to lower divisions next season.

The one bright spot for the first team, playing in Division 3, came in the match on Sunday morning against third-placed Sycamore. A heavy defeat in October was reversed in the return fixture with Cippenham running out winners 4-2. Denis Weller was the star for Cippenham, beating both Lisa Lewis and Amber Zygadio while Sycamore’s two sets were both won by Maria Lebedeva as she beat Sue Hayes and Wendy Porter.

Saturday’s matches had seen three consecutive 5-1 defeats to Burton Uxbridge 2, Fusion III and Cardiff City. However, Denise again performed well and won one of her two singles in all three of these matches.

The weekend concluded with another defeat, this time 4-2 against Halton 3. Despite being on the losing side, Sue Hayes picked up the player of the match award for her wins over Rachael Scott and Molly Hancock.

The young second team started with a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Division 4 champions Milton Keynes Vixens. Next came the only point won during the weekend in a 3-3 draw with Cliffdale Chandlers. It was a real team performance with all three girls picking up a win apiece. Jemma Walker got Cippenham off to a great start by beating Kris Sumner, then Lucie Bouron opened her account for the season against Alex Robinson. 2-1 became 2-3 before Shristi Ghosh secured the point for the draw by also defeating Robinson.

Jemma and Lucie both beat Lesley Slack as Saturday’s play ended with a 4-2 defeat to Stantek Old Spots. Unfortunately, Jemma Walker, Cippenham’s best player, was unavailable for the matches on Sunday and Cippenham slumped to heavy defeats, 6-0 against Graham Spicer and 5-1 against Byng Hall B.

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