The Bath and District Table Tennis Association held its closed championships last week at St John’s school.
Charlie Joyce (Oldfield D) won the Open Singles title for the first time, beating Dave Busari (Bath Invaders A) in a very closely contested final, which was decided by the narrowest of margins in the fifth and final game. Busari had progressed to the final by beating Gary Baldwin (the holder) in straight games, whilst Joyce knocked out Josh Kashdan-Brown in the other semi-final.
Chippenham A’s Baldwin did, however, retain his Veteran Singles title by defeating Scott Cooper (Chippenham B) in a final that was closer than the 3-0 score-line would suggest. Albert Bolhuis and Alan Papier were the losing semi-finalists in this competition.
Premier Division Josh Kashdan-Brown (Bathford B) made it through to the Handicap Cup final after getting past First Division Olly Newton in the semi-final, despite giving away 10 points. The other semi-final saw Gary Sartain (Batheaston A) ease past Lucy Bowskill in an all Division 2 contest. Sartain’s 15 point advantage in the final proved just enough for him to clinch the trophy as Kashdan-Brown’s brave challenge fell just short in the final game.
In the two plate competitions for those eliminated in the group stages, Scott Cooper beat Cec Davis (Oldfield A) to win the Open Singles trophy, while Nick Branch (Oldfield C) overcame Steve Richardson (Yatton Keynell A) to win the Veteran’s competition.
Open Singles: Semi-Finals – D. Busari bt G. Baldwin, C. Joyce bt Josh Kashdan-Brown. Final – C. Joyce bt D. Busari 10-12 17-15 11-6 12-14 11-9
Open Singles Plate: Semi-Finals - S. Cooper bt T. Parkins, C. Davis bt A. Papier. Final - S. Cooper bt C. Davis 6-11 11-8 11-8 12-10
Veteran’s Singles: Semi-Finals – G. Baldwin bt A. Bolhuis, S. Cooper bt A. Papier. Final – G. Baldwin bt S. Cooper 12-10 11-4 12-10
Veteran’s Singles Plate: Semi Finals – S. Richardson bt A. Steady, N. Branch bt D. Hockney. Final - N. Branch bt S. Richardson 11-9 11-9 11-5Handicap Singles: Semi-Finals – Josh Kasdan-Brown bt O. Newton, G. Sartain bt L. Bowskill. Final G. Sartain bt Josh Kashdan-Brown 20-21 21-9 21-20