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Junior girls in County teams

Two of Windscales junior girls were involved in the Inter County Competition on Saturday at Carlisle as Cumbria took on Northumbria and Yorkshire 1 in the Stage 1 event.

 Cumbria Inter County Girls under 13's, l to r, Ashton Telford (Windscale), Rebekah Hall (Windscale), Mila Barnard (Wigton), Rebecca Smith (Carlisle). Teams sponsored by Thomas Graham & Sons limited.

In the first match against Northumbria Ashton played Anna Moore and looked good taking the first game 11/6, but then let her focus drift in the second game losing it and the third game also 8/11, 3/11. Once Ashton was back 'on court' she was easily the better player in the 4th game taking it 11/3 to tie the score at 2-2. Anna however played the more steady under pressure in the final game and Ashton couldn't quite pull it back losing that game 7/11 and the tie 2-3. Rebekah had the added pressure of playing the final tie to win and played Katie Barker. She looked nervous in the first as Katie took it 11/1 to stamp her undoubted authority on the match, but Rebekah dug-in throughout the second game and although she lost that game 4/11 she was warming to the task. Katie knew she was in a game in the third as Rebekah gave a good account of herself, showing that fitness wasn't a problem winning most of the longer rallies, but it was Katie who took the game 11/6 for a 3-0 win and a Northumbria victory 2 ties to 1.

Against Yorkshire 1,  Ashton played the Yorkshire number 1 player as they moved the other three up the order, and with only 3 players per team and one of Cumbrias other girls having played the friendly match in the morning it was now Ashtons turn. So with Ophelia being ranked 11 in the country Ashton was up against it, but she played with pride and no little ability and took 4 points off her more illustrious opponent in each game to give herself some encouragement and positives from her first county squash experience. Rebekah was playing Layla Johnson and again started slowly in the first game losing it 2/11, but improved well in the next only just losing it late on 7/11, but these tough points had took their toll and Layla took the third game 11/3 for a 3-0 win and a comfortable Yorkshire 1 win  ties to nil.

The 4 Yorkshire girls will go far in this competition with all of them ranked in the top 22 in the country, and I'll be shocked if they don't win the Final! (The top Cumbrian girl, Rebecca Smith from Carlisle is ranked 30th in the country, and our other player was Mila Barnard from Wigton.)

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