Bronze medal success
Run chase brings Bucks win
CHalfont St Giles’ Ryan Bartlett, with partner Hannah Baughn, in the acrobatic gymnastics mixed pair final at the first European Games, being held in Baku, Azerbaijan
The 18-year-old, along with partner Hannah Baughn, not only became the first British gymnast to win a European Games medal but also brought home three bronzes for Team GB.
The dynamic duo landed their first medals in the acrobatic mixed pair all-around discipline in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku last Friday.
They then added two more in the dynamic and balance events on Sunday, much to the delight of Vince Walduck, Bartlett’s coach at Heathrow Gymmastics.
He said: “Ryan is a brilliant talent who works his socks off, and I couldn’t speak highly enough of him. He was previously in a men’s pair but is now in a mixed pair – and he’s number one in the country and number three in Europe. The world is his oyster, and hopefully he can compete favourably against the Chinese at the World Championships next year.”
Before that, Bartlett will be aiming for further continental success at the European Championships in Germany in September, and his showing in Baku will give him high hopes.
He and Baughn racked up a score of 85.160 to edge out the Ukrainian pair of Yelyzaveta Vasylyga and Oleksandr Shpyn for their first medal – scoring 28.360 in the balance, 28.450 in the dynamic and 28.350 in the combined. UNICORNS CHAMPIONSHIP EASTERN DIVISION Cambridgeshire 427-8 and 161 all out Bucks 382-8 and 208-7 Bucks won by three wickets DIRECTOR of cricket Jason Harrison praised his young Bucks CCC side for winning after conceding more than 400 first innings runs for the second Championship game in succession, writes Tim Street.
A fortnight ago, it took a recordbreaking run chase to beat Hertfordshire at High Wycombe after their opponents plundered 487 first innings runs.
This time, Cambridgeshire ran riot with 427 in the first innings at Wisbech on Sunday, but after bowling their hosts out for 161 in the seconds innings, Bucks wrapped up a three-wicket win on Tuesday.
Harrison said: “To concede that many first innings runs and reply just 45 short was a great effort, and then
There was more medal success for the pair two days later, with scores of 28.650 for the dynamic and 28.260 for the balance, getting them onto the podium for a second and third time.
Each time, it was Russia’s Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya and Belgium’s Yana Vastavel and Solano Cassamajor who beat them to gold and silver, but Bartlett was happy enough.
He said: “This has just been the best experience so far and I can’t believe we’ve got here. It just shows that hard work pays off. I’m so the third innings was even better, with John Burden putting in a fantastic shift, backed by Dan Hampton. “We’re a very tight unit and talented too. The spirit is good, and the oldest player is only 24. Our skillset is better-suited to threeday cricket, and if you take the two wins at the end of last season too, that’s our fourth three-day win in a row.It’s encouraging we can win under pressure.”
Next up is a home game against Bedfordshire at Burnham, starting on Sunday, July 5, and although another victory would put them in a strong position in the Unicorns Championship Eastern Division, Harrison dismissed any talk of a title challenge.
He added: “We’re not even thinking about it. For us, it’s all about a new phase and a new team. We’re taking it match by match and session by session. A lot of our players haven’t played at this level before and I’m sure there will be some difficult times to come.” happy that we’ve been able to show off our sport to the whole country.
“For all the training we have done it is great to come back and get the medals.
“We’ve had a great experience. Coming out here and doing five routines, it has been the best experience of my life.
“To come third at a senior championship is pretty good to me.”
Bartlett, a student at Harefield Academy, is also a member of gymnastics troupe Spelbound, who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2010.