BATTS Juniors 2* Super Series - 1907 - Quarter- & Semi- Finals
The maximum number of 48 Juniors from as far afield as Derby and Southampton and Stroud converged on the Norman Booth Recreation Centre in Harlow for the last BATTS Super Series of the Summer, and were seeded into 8 preliminary mini-leagues based on current rankings.
After these preliminary rounds, the leagues divided into three Bands on a Knock-out basis, each one with their own prize money. The Finals were played simultaneously on three show tables.
The Band 3 Final went pretty much to form with Siva Pranav Ghanta (Cippenham) from Group 1 taking on Jared Hon (Waterside) from Group 2. Ghanta reached the Final by beating Jamie Woodford (Bucks) and Aaryan Vatsa (Hockley) while Hon had to overcome his team-mate Danny Klinger (Waterside) and Ewan Hynd (Danbury). The Final was however a reversal of form with Jared Hon winning three straight games 11:5, 11:4, 11:8, to receive his cheque for £20.00 from Umpire Lin Roff, while Ghanta went home with a tenner in his pocket.
The Band 2 finalists came from lower down the order between Robert Ionescu (London Academy) from Group 4 and Alex Attew (Britannia) from Group 6. Ionescu beat James Donald (Chelmsford) and Samadhi Udamulla (Urban) en route to the Final, while Attew powered his way through Ralph Pattison (BATTS) and Ryan Farthing (Cleeve Park). The Final itself went to four ends and was bizarrely interrupted when Attew's shoe disintegrated, and he was unable to continue. Ionescu sportingly watched with detached bemusement as Attew undertook a reverse Cinderella-like hunt among the spectators for a Prince Charming who would be willing to lend him a replacement pair for the remainder of the game. Eventually, it was Neil Brierly, the Tournament Organiser, who gave up his size tens, continuing his duties in his stockinged feet, while Attew re-joined a patient Ionescu at the table. The first game was a close one with Attew winning 11:9, and the next two resulting in far wider margins. Attew won 11:4, but Ionescu broke back with an overwhelming 11:1. Attew eventually clinched the deciding fourth 11:8 and won £60.00 -- some compensation for the split footware perhaps! Ionescu took £30.00 back to North London as his prize.
It was no surprise that top seed Jacob Evans (Horsham) got through to the Final, with some stiff opposition from Joseph Hunter (Urban) and Sajad Ali (London Academy) in the Quarters and Semis. He probably wouldn't have predicted that Finley Cameron-Prior (BATTS) -- second placed in Group 6 -- would be at the other end of the table though. Cameron-Prior's lead-in was a tough all-BATTS passage, first against Kamari Jagdeo-Bailey, and then an upset against second seed Daniel Hearn-Potton . Four ends were required for the outcome -- all of them close-- with Evans getting chalking up the first victory 11:7. Cameron-Prior had to fight hard for the next two, both of which went his way 11:9. By this time, Cameron-Prior scented blood, and clinched the title 11:7. As well as the honour, there was £220.00 prize money to play for, presented by Umpire Lin Roff. Evans' prize was £85.00, while Ali and Hearn-Potton received £60.00 each.
The next rounds of these popular Super Series start in September, with Under 13's on Sunday 15th, and you can find full information of all the BATTS-organised tournaments on the website here: BATTS Tournaments