Molloy is the master in Yarmouth Table Tennis Championships
PUBLISHED: 15:09 22 March 2012
The Yarmouth Table Tennis Championships have been held starting with the singles won by Sean Molloy.
Players were drawn into four groups with the top two players forward to the quarter-finals.
Alex Harley went down to Martin Clarke 11-4 8-11 11-13 6-11. Molloy beat Curtis Beales in three straight. Ray Lee put up a strong fight against Paul Wright Jnr but lost 7-11 14-16 8-11. Ryan Moore went through when he beat Wally Ladmore in a tight three setter 11-9 11-9 12-10.
The first semi-final saw a great game between Paul and Sean including many rallies with wonderful angled winning hits. Sean won 11-5 11-3 11-7.
Martin Clarke continued a good run when he defeated Ryan Moore to take his place in the final.
Sean showed his superiority with an intelligent game of hits, mingled with shots disguised with spin and pace. He was a worthy winner 11-3 11-7 11-6.
Two groups battled in the doubles with Ryan Moore and Lewis Carby pushing Darren Smith and Martin Pigott to second place. The other group saw Alex Harley and Peter Littleboy on top with Ray Lee and Martin Clarke second.
The first semi-final was hard-fought with Darren and Martin P defeating Alex and Pater 12-10 11-8 11-8. Ryan and Lewis put out Ray and Martin C 11-9 11-9 8-11 11-9.
The final was an excellent example of how doubles should be played and was most entertaining.
Darren, using good footwork, was able to place the ball ready for Martin to hit many winners. The pair achieved their first major victory to take the title 5-11 13-11 11-13 11-7 11-9.
One group of seven players was held in the youths singles and with 21 matches to be played competition was fierce.
Alex Harley was unbeaten with six points. Peter Littleboy scored five, Lewis Carby four and Curtis Beales went forward.
The youngest player, James Smith scored well giving the more experienced players a good game as did Liam and Matt Currant. The semi-finals were hotly contested . Curtis Beales, playing some of his best table tennis of the season, put out favourite Alex 11-5 11-8 5-11 8-11 11-9. Lewis was the winner over Peter 11-9 5-11 11-7 11-5.
An exciting final saw Curtis take the first set 11 - 9, then lose the second by the same score. The third swung first one way then the next with some great hits from both players. Curtis took this 13-11 to go one up but back bounced Lewis to take the fourth 11 - 9. In the vital fifth set Curtis took an early lead. Lewis fought back well but could not get ahead and lost 9-11
Curtis was a determined and exhausted winner of an epic and most enjoyable final.
One group was held in the O40 as a round robin. Sean Molloy met Wally Ladmore in the final and took the title.