The first round of Essex County Juniors championship took place at Earls Colne on 21st Oct. Southend was represented by Matthew Stringer of Hockley TTC.

The format was each team consists of 3 boys and 2 girls. A maximum of 10 points per match. The girls played against each other. The boys no 1 played 1 & 2, no 2 play 1 & 3 finally no 3 played 2 & 3. Matt was ranked no 2. 

The first match was against Cambridgeshire. He lost to their no 1 Zachary Martillo who is no 84 in England but beat their no 3. The team won 7-3, a good start. The next match was against Sussex, Matt narrowly lost both games. He lost to their no 3 in 5 close ends. The team still managed to win 6-4. After a short break Essex played Suffolk, the favourites for the overall championship. Their no 1 is ranked 50 in England and their no 3 is ranked 153 which is 60 places higher than our no 1. They were too strong for our boys, however the girls won 3 from 4 for our only points gained. The last match was against Northamptonshire, the whole Essex team played well and won 10-0. It was a good day as the team all helped each and created a good team spirit. The next round of matches is on 2nd Dec.  Tim Pang


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