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Women's British League 1st weekend - 20/21 October 2018

Mixed start for Cippenham

There were mixed results for the Cippenham team as the Women’s British League got underway at Wolverhampton over the weekend. They won two and lost three matches and sit in fourth position in Division 5A at the half-way stage.

Cippenham were slow off the mark in the first match on Saturday morning, losing 6-0 to an Ormesby side that eventually finished only one point above them. Sue Hayes took Charlotte Weatherby the full distance in the first set but, after that, only Julie Dean managed a game against the same opponent. However, the afternoon brought Cippenham their first taste of victory. A brace for Julie Dean and a win apiece from Shristi Ghosh and Denise Weller gave Cippenham a 4-2 win over Fastbats who are rooted at the foot of the table. The turning point arose in the second set when Denise turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 success against Ellen Adams. Julie and Shristi both dispatched Naila Malik comfortably before Julie completed the match against Adams 3-1.

Saturday concluded with a match against Dun Laoire, the division’s leaders from Dublin. The 5-1 defeat did not truly reflect the match as both Denise Weller and Julie Dean lost in their deciding games to Claire Heller. Cippenham’s only success came when Julie dispatched Tara Fusco 3-0.

Denise Weller was named player of the match for her performance on Sunday morning against Halton 4, a match won by Cippenham 4-2. Denise took all five games to overcome the challenge of Lucie Hancock but her match against the Halton number one player, Jo Outhwaite, was altogether different as Denise romped to a 3-0 victory. Sue Hayes had opened up for Cippenham with a similar outcome against Outhwaite and Shristi Ghosh secured her team the second league point with a 3-0 demolition of Hancock.

The weekend finished on a disappointing note when Cippenham were hammered 6-0 by Cardiff City 2. Only Denise got a single game for her side who were otherwise beaten 3-0 by their Welsh opponents.

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