SENIOR COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS REPORT (January 2017)
The second weekend of the Senior County Premier Championships was held on 28th and 29th January 2017. We arrived with 2 points from the first weekend knowing that we would need 5 points by the end of the weekend to avoid relegation.
Our first game against Lincolnshire enabled us to get 2 of the required points with a 6-4 win. David Barr, Martin Adams and Daniel Moses all managed to win both of their games against a young Lincolnshire men’s side. The ladies, however, were far more experienced and were too strong for Liz Bookman and Sue Purton.
The second game on Saturday saw us playing Dorset. In this match everyone played well which enabled us to run out 8-2 victors. Maximums from Liz, Martin and Dan and one each for David and Sue.
The Sunday morning saw Berkshire playing Warwickshire. Unfortunately a very tight finish ended up with us losing 6-4. Again, Martin and Dan managed maximums but no support from the rest of the team.
The final match against Derby ended up in a fitting draw. Maximums from David and Dan and one from Martin, giving us a further point.
Instead of struggling from relegation we ended up a very credible fourth and so live to fight another year in the Premier Division.
Anyone who happens to bump in to Dan over the coming weeks please be sure not to mention the County Weekend as you will notice he won every game!
SENIOR COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS REPORT (February 2013)
Extract from R and DTTA Newsletter.
The Royal County of Berkshire Table Tennis Association (RCBTTA) Senior Team finished as runners-up in this season's County Championships Premier Division.
Lying in second coming into the second and final weekend's play in Wood Green (West Midlands) the team enjoyed three more wins and a draw to finish level on points with Middlesex who retained their title courtesy of a superior sets difference by just three.
Berkshire enjoyed fine wins against Sussex (7-3), Yorkshire (7-3) and Essex 6-4) and the draw came against Derbyshire (5-5).
Captain David Barr led the way with seven victories and only one loss (to the Essex number one Martin Kubrt). The senior veteran's performance was mirrored by junior Liam McTiernan who also won seven of his eight matches with his loss coming against Yorkshire number one Simon Noutch. The form of both players was a major reason for Berkshire's highly placed finish.
All county sides must contain two women and Berkshire are lucky enough to have two of the finest young juniors in the country in Maria Tsaptsinos and Megan Knowles. Both girls played their part with some important wins including Maria's against Derbyshire's Abbie Milwain and Essex number one Evangeline Collier and Megan's victory over Yorkshire's Nicole Finn.
The fifth player making his Berkshire debut was Bradley King who is studying at Reading University and plays and coaches at Our Lady of Peace Table Tennis Club in Earley. Replacing Martin Adams who was unavailable, Bradley managed one win but came close to others and supported the team well throughout.
The team were thrilled to pick up their County Championships Runners-up trophies from organiser Ken Elliott.