COUNTY CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 - 2018
The championships were held at the Kingfisher table tennis club on 11th and 12th November 2017.
The overall entry this season was marginally up from 33 to 38 with some new entrants which was encouraging. As organiser I need to thank the local league coordinators and web managers for their help in spreading the word and to Wendy Porter for her efforts before and during the event.
This season there were 19 entries with however only 2 of the more established top guns in attendance, but that did not detract from some lively encounters throughout the group stage.
Having 6 groups meant that the semi final stage was a further 2 groups of 3 round 1 winners, leading to a final of the 2 anticipated protagonists Martin Adams and Hari Gehlot. On this occasion it was Martin's day.
Under 21 singles
This competition was very much under subscribed with only 6 entrants, however the standard produced was good and most of the entrants were from the Reading youth league ,so this must auger well for the future
This competition was played in 2 groups of 3 with a winner and runner up from each group going forward to the semi-finals The final saw Joe Barraclough beating Rayaan Asghar and Ralph Philips overcoming Benedict Carless in 5 very competitive sets.
Very watchable table tennis chaps.
Men's singles This event started with 23 entries with some new names which was good news but without some of our regular entrants. We had a couple of last minute withdrawals from the previous days veteran event but started with 8 groups which sent 8 winners and runners up through to round 2 with the winners advancing to quarter finals and then to the final 4 semi-finalists. On the way there were a few competitive matches with some of the new faces and indeed a returning face making their presence felt .
The semi finals of Daniel Moses and Sagar Sawant and Martin Adams and Lyazid Wirkhani produced an expected final of Daniel and Martin, we all awaited that final in eager anticipation, however on this day and to be fair at the end of a long hard day, Daniel Moses was not in the mood to hang around as he swept Martin aside in 3 sets even though the whole match was one to watch and marvel at it's quality
Some match guys!!
A small entry of only 7 ladies but what a competition, throughout the group stage and the semi-finals the standard was a treat to watch with Celia Hooker and Gwynne Penny dispatching Wendy Porter and Sue Purton to reach the final. The final was again not an easy win but Celia Hooker took the honours on the day.
This event had 13 entries which included 5 new faces some who proved to be competing locally way below their actual playing standard but nevertheless perfectly entitled to participate at this time. Overall there were more 5 set matches in this event than in any of the others so very competitive and hard fought. 4 groups with the winnrs making the semi-finals with the eventual winner Vidhu Ravinath , new boy, overcoming Igor Sremac another new boy in a 4 set final .
Only 7 pairs in this event but some very useful pairings some by design and some by partners wanted and some quality matches ensued. The final between Daniel Moses and Sam Ricks were too good on the day for Martin Adams and Ian Cole but a good match nonetheless.
This event had 7 entries, all the ladies had entered this and there were some established pairings as well as some new ones. Played as ever in groups one of 3 pairs and one of 4,and, as this event was toward the end of the day there were some very heavy legs out in the arena so the decision was taken to put just the group winners through to the final and what a final, 5 scintillating sets between Daniel Moses and Wendy Porter against Martin Adams and Sue Purton. Won by a whisker at 11-9 by Daniel and Wendy. A great match to watch.
There were only 3 pairs in this competition so 1 group of 3 all play all final with some hard fought matches . Wendy Porter and Sue Purton beating Celia Hooker and Jenny Tanner in appropriately the final match of the group.
Allan Bruton (tournament organiser)