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A team-of-six from The Dell, Chepstow, emerged victorious in a very closely fought semi-final of the ECF Under 11 Open at Magdalene College School, Oxford, on Sunday 6 December.
In this five round competition, The Dell started strongly with a 6-0 win over the B-team from Magdalene College School. The next three rounds were very competitive, with a narrow win against Laxton A, a 4-2 loss to Aldro, and a draw with Magdalene College School A. This left The Dell in third place going into the final round, 2.5 points behind Laxton A and 2 points behind Aldro. Paired against Laxton B, The Dell finished with a 6-0 win, and thanks to a win by Magdalene College School A over Laxton and Aldro only picking up 3.5 points against a very strong side made up of reserves, The Dell came first by just half a point.
The final of this competition, involving 12 teams, will take place in Uppingham School in July. Monmouthshire will be represented by two schools: The Grange qualified in November at a semi-final hosted by them.
The Dell: Neil Stevenson, Anna Boyle, Harrison Postans, Steffan Griffiths, Thomas Davies and Oliver Sapsford