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National U-18 Team Championship.

In 2011, after an absence of some years, Devon entered the National U-18 Team Championship. Even though they came last on that occasion, they were sufficiently encouraged to have another shot this year. The organiser, Trefor Thynne, has sent in this report on their experiences. 


ECF National Counties’ Under-18 Finals:  30th June 2012

Following last year’s successful experiment in entering a Devon team into this event, a real effort was made this year to turn out a stronger and more representative team. Although clearly not in the same league as the “big guns” from the South-East, the Devon boys put up a good showing in coming 10th out of 15 competing counties.

Although the bulk of the team came either from Torbay or Exeter with Torquay Boys’ Grammar School providing 6 players and the ex-Broadclyst Primary School contingent making up another 3, it was good to see a new face from North Devon, 17 year-old Arthur Rinvolucri  who won both his games as did Jeffrey Leung of TBGS.

Another encouraging feature of the Devon team was the wide age spread with 4  boys in their final year at school or college balanced by 3 players under 12, including Theo Slade who has recently represented England in a tournament in the Czech Republic. 

  team Pts/24     team Pts/24
1st Herts 18½   9th Manchester 11½
2nd Berks 18   10th Devon
3rd Kent 18   11th Surrey ‘B’
4th Sussex 17½   12th Middx
5th Warks 16½   13th Norfolk 5
6th Surrey 16   14th Lincs 4
7th Bucks 14   15th Hants ‘B’
8th Hants 13        

Devon’s individual results were as follows:-

Bd. Player Grd School Pts/2
1 Alex Billings 163 Torquay Boys’ G. S. 1
2 Jeff Leung 165 Torquay Boys’ G. S. 2
3 Theo Slade 147   0
4 John Fraser 125 Torquay Boys’ G. S.
5 Daniel Nie 123 Torquay Boys’ G. S. 0
6 Arthur Rinvolucri 100   2
7 Nathan Mills 100   0
8 Jared WRay 100 Torquay Boys’ G. S. 0
9 Tomas Trott   92   1
10 James Royle   89   ½
11 Reece Whittington   85   ½
12 Rafe Whitehead (Rd. 1)   66 Torquay Boys’ G. S. 0
12 Greg Susevee   (Rd. 2)   84 Colyton G. S. 1

It is certainly an event worth making the effort to attend and will prove to be valuable experience for those boys eligible for the team next year. The august surroundings of Eton College make an extra attraction for players and spectators alike. I am grateful to Dave Regis of Exeter CC who shared the minibus driving and team management with me and who will in due course provide annotations on all the Devon boys’games.

Trefor Thynne

8th July 2012