First round of the Senior County Championship Week | Jobi Cool

November 14, 2022

Senior County Championship action returned this weekend with some high quality and tough clashes in both the Premier League and Championship.

In the Premier League, it’s Middlesex who top the table after a strong start which saw them win three at the weekend.

They beat Lancashire 10-1, Yorkshire 8-3 and had a 6-5 win over Surrey to move four points clear of Hampshire, the only other team with a perfect record at the weekend.

Hampshire overcame Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire to get their campaign off to a flying start.

Buckinghamshire’s loss to Hampshire was their only loss of the weekend, beating Yorkshire and Leicestershire in their other two matches, while Surrey also picked up two wins to make a solid start to the campaign.

Hertfordshire, Avon and Leicestershire all won one of their three matches, with Cheshire the only team not to win one of their three matches.

However, Cheshire picked up enough points during their run to avoid sitting in the bottom two of the table, with Yorkshire and Lancashire occupying the last places after returning to the division.

Tom Wolfenden and Annabelle Hong were among the standout performers of the weekend, with the Lancashire pair unbeaten in their three individual competitions.

Perhaps their most notable win was helping their county avoid Middlesex in the white with a 24-22 win in the decider against four-time Commonwealth Games shuttlers Dinuka Karunaratne and Zoe Hallam.

Elsewhere, Jamaican Commonwealth Games competitor Samuel Ricketts, representing Leicestershire, defeated recently crowned men’s singles champion Ben Muir of Hampshire.

There was also a big win for Buckinghamshire’s Estelle van Leeuwen and Sam Westwood, who beat women’s doubles champions Julia Tang and Yorkshire’s Jenny Wallwork 22-20 in the decider.

In the southern division of the Championship, it’s Warwickshire who top the table after a hugely impressive start to their campaign.

The county cruised to 9-2 victories over Essex, Sussex and Kent to move five points ahead of Nottinghamshire, who beat the same three opponents in their opening games.

Nathan Moore and Jingchen Lu were flawless for Warwickshire, winning all their ties in their respective singles and doubles.

Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire’s mixed doubles pairing of Pak Yu Ng and Megan Brierley recorded decisive victories to help their side to a 6-5 victory over Essex and Kent.

In the Northern Division, Northumberland marked their arrival from promotion with an impressive 10-1 win against Glasgow and NS.

And they sealed that impressive win with a 6-5 victory over Yorkshire 2s to see them third in the overall league table.

Also impressive were Leinster with wins over both Yorkshire 2s and Glasgow & NS to also get their campaign off to a flying start.

Leinster’s David Walsh was one of the standout players of the weekend, winning all six matches he took part in to help his side to two 7-4 victories.

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