Chung and Chan pick up silver medals at inter-regional finals

Two Lillington Free Church players claimed runners-up medals at the inter-regional finals at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield at the weekend, writes Phil John.

Saturday, 8th June 2019, 11:39 am
Jun Chung and Wajid Wafiq in action against the North-West in Hatfield. Picture submitted

Jun Chung travelled on the Saturday to partner Wajid Wafiq of the Colebridge club and form the West Midlands under-11 boys’ team.

The pair had a very successful day, beating the North-West team 5-0, London 3-2 and Yorkshire 4-1.

Their only defeat came in their last match which they lost 4-1 to the North-East.

Nevertheless, runners-up medals were a deserved reward for their endeavours.

Mia Chan was selected for the West Midlands under-11 girls’ team but the region could not muster a second girl which meant she had to be content with playing in the individual event on the Sunday.

In her initial group, Chan finished second after wins over Eleanor Turner-Samuels (London) and Isabella Hall (East Midlands).

Her one defeat was at the hands of Evie Eccles of the North-East but she had done enough to proceed to the quarter-finals.

Here she encountered Isabella Turner-Samuels whom she beat 3-1.

In the semi-final, her opponent was London’s Brooke Morris who is ranked number four under-ten girl in England. Chan, also an under-ten, swept her aside 3-1.

This pitted her against the experienced Mia Lakhani of Middlesex who proved too strong and took the title 3-0 to leave Chan with a runners-up medal.

Jun Chung also returned on Sunday, winning one of his two group matches against Callem Pace.

In the knockouts Chung went down in straight sets to Prateek Divarkaria.