Despite not fielding a Shires team in the age category this season, Cambridgeshire fielded an U11 team for a friendly match against Northants (away) on Sunday 29th April. In an outstanding display of commitment, good nature and ability, Cambs won an absolutely corking overall 49-5 victory against the home team!
The match was won so quickly and so convincingly (25-2) that the home team asked Cambs players to replay the whole match again (to use the courts that had been booked) which was won 24-3, thus giving the overall score of 49-5! Only singles and level doubles were played in this match. Few games went to three ends and many games were won in single figures.
The team was made up of players as young as 8yrs old (Callum Stokes) right up to his brother Eugene who is ranked 15 in the country in the U11 age group. The other team members were Cameron Foo, Harry Zhao, Peter Du, Alexander Harding, Hannah Lin, Megan Johnson, Rachel Owen, Chanumi Gamage and Sophia Abbott.
The future of junior badminton in Cambs is looking very hopeful indeed with this sort of start to our youngsters' badminton careers. Well done all those players who took part!