The Stamford and Rutland League Table Tennis League stage their end of season tournament
Borderville Sports Centre hosted the end-of-season Stamford and Rutland League tournaments.
For the first time in many years, all competitions were played on the same afternoon and success was shared by many of the league’s clubs.
The afternoon began with the Tier One (seasonal win average above 50 per cent) and Tier Two competitions.
The Tier One singles was won by Uffington Archway’s Adam Jepson, who has recently been ranked as high as 32 in the Table Tennis England national rankings.
He defeated Elsworth’s Craig Brown in his semi-final before overcoming Brown’s club-mate Daniel Fielding 11-8, 11-2, 10-12, 11-4 in the final.
Fielding had earlier beaten Shaun Murray, another Elsworth team member, in the second semi-final.
The Tier One doubles competition was completed as a round-robin.
The key match was that between Shaun Murray and Dave Rowell (Bourne A) and the Elsworth pairing of Daniel Fielding and Craig Brown. The best-of-three match was won by Fielding and Brown 11-7, 3-11, 11-5.
The Tier Two group tables were filled with close results and, with most players earning wins, careful study of the tables was required to work out the semi-finalists.
In the first semi-final, Bill Seese (Braunston B) defeated Mike Ramsden (U3A) 5-11, 11-7, 11-8.
In the final he would face Chris Gardiner, whom he had lost to in the group stages.
Gardiner had enjoyed a fine 13-11, 11-9 win over David Reed (Harringworth) in the second semi-final.
In their group match, Gardiner won a deciding set 13-11 against Seese, however, in the final, Seese won 11-8, 9-11, 12-10 to gain full revenge.
In the semi-finals of the Tier Two doubles, David Reed and Mike Ramsden paired up to defeat the Braunston pairing of Bill Seese and Dave Webb 12-10, 11-7.
U3A players made up the second semi-final with Chris Gardiner and Graeme McNaughton beating Clinton and Gabi Croson 11-3, 6-11, 11-8.
The final again required the full three games with Reed and Ramsden triumphing 11-9, 8-11, 11-5.
The LJ Roll Handicap competition always provides interesting match-ups and results as players begin on their handicap score and it is a single game up to 41.
Played as a straight knock-out tournament this year, Bourne B’s John Buck (playing off a handicap of 24) defeated Clinton Croson (31) 41-38 in the first semi-final and Bourne A’s Dipak Kuchhadia (14) defeated Stamford School’s Leigh Ware (15) 41-28 in the second.
The final was another very close encounter with Kuchhadia eventually winning 41-39.
The final competitions of the afternoon were the Veteran (over 40) and Superveteran (over 60) events.
In the veterans’ semi-finals, Shaun Murray defeated Dipak Kuchhadia 11-6, 11-8 and Dave Rowell beat David Reed 11-4, 11-3. The final was one of high quality, with Murray prevailing 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8.
The Superveterans final was between Uffington Archway’s Steve Williams and Stamford School’s Richard Henry.
Williams had won his semi-final 11-8, 11-2 against Graeme McNaughton, while Henry had beaten Dave Webb 11-8, 11-8.
Being very familiar with one another’s style of play, it was always going to be a tight match with some fine and lengthy points.
In the end, Henry prevailed 15-13, 10-12, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4 to finish a long but enjoyable afternoon of table tennis.
The league would like to thank Borderville Sports Centre for the use of their venue and Archway Peterborough for donating the match balls for the competitions.