Table tennis season at finals stage
Great Yarmouth Table TennisTHE first event in the Town Championships was the Youths Singles where players were drawn into two groups.Josh Baxter took top spot but he had to fight hard against Liam Current, just winning 21-19, 26-24, and he survived again against David Sursham, taking the last game 22-20 and pushing David to the runner-up spot.
Great Yarmouth Table Tennis
THE first event in the Town Championships was the Youths Singles where players were drawn into two groups.
Josh Baxter took top spot but he had to fight hard against Liam Current, just winning 21-19, 26-24, and he survived again against David Sursham, taking the last game 22-20 and pushing David to the runner-up spot.
Alex Harley came out all guns blazing and only dropped one point to Peter Littleboy who then lost the runner-up spot when losing 2l-l9 in the last game to Curtis Beales.
Curtis was not at his best in the semi-final and went down to Josh 21-14, 21-15 - Alex took out David 2l-l5, 2l-l7.
In the final each player in turn went a point up but was then pegged back and Josh took the first at 2l-l8 The next produced some excellent rallies but Alex could not keep up the pressure and Josh hung on to take the title 21-17
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The senior singles saw four groups formed with eight young players entered. Ernie George was the winner of Group A with Martin Clarke runner-up. Group B saw Wally Ladmore come out top followed by Alex Harley. Bob Lamb was unbeaten in Group C with Paul Wright Snr runner-up. Ray Lee came top in Group D with Gavin Brewer in second place.
Wally beat Paul in two straight, Ernie beat Gavin. Martin had to go to three when he beat Ray and Alex had a really good fight against Bob, winning in a close third.
In the semi-finals Wally beat Martin 21-7, 21-14 and Ernie beat Alex 21-15, 21-14.
Ernie was not at his best in the final and Wally took the title winning 16-21, 21-16, 21-11.
One group played in the over 40s the top two Ernie George and Ray Lee then contested the final which Ernie won 21-10, 21-17.
The final of the spring pairs was held and at the halfway mark Hospital St Johns A just held a one point lead from Hospital A and Kings Crusaders. It went to the last four games when Ray Lee met Kevin Chaney and Bob Lamb met Chris Neve. Hospital Saints were ahead and Hospital A, with Stuart Baxter and Simon Allen, won one of their two remaining games to lose the title by one point 11-10
In joint third place were the young players from Kings Church Crusaders and ENSFC B with eight points, each followed by Hospital Dynamos
St Johns B had a win over BSC 9-1 - four of the games went to three and in every deuce game Saints gained the advantage. Paul Wright Jnr and Wally Ladmore took three each.
Alan Pulsford scored a maximum for Hospital Sparks against Gorleston Cons score 7-3. The Gorl Cons went down again this time 8-2 when they met Hospital St John A who had Ray Lee unbeaten.
Ernie George and Ryan Moore were on top when they met Kings Church A, score 8-2.
Bob Lamb and Ray Lee were in great form when they met Kings Church B and Hospital St Johns A won 9-1.
Kings A bounced back when they met Hospital Police, Tom Baxter and Martin Clark with a maximum each and they won 9-1.
Police fought back hard against Kings Church B with the result all on the doubles and they won 6-4 although Mike Wood for the losers was unbeaten.
Two new players turned out for Kings Church C but they went down to ENSFC A who had Martin Piggott and Darren Smith on three each.
ENSFC B with Alex Harley on top beat Caister B 7-3.
In a close game decided by the doubles Mill Lane with three from Josh Baxter beat the Crusaders 6-4.
Telecom were no match for an in-form Hospital Claydon Brian Cunningham and Roy Pells doing the damage, score 9-1.
Would all Northgate users please note that no matches can be booked for week April 26.