Bronze medal suc­cess

Run chase brings Bucks win

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

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.

Photo by Ac­tion Im­ages/Reuters


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