Bolton News 19th April

STEPHEN Scowcroft and Zac Cantor will meet in the Individual Divisional Championships Premier Division final after both came through their semi-finals Hilton Table Tennis Centre last week.

Twenty players took part with four winning through the group stages and two further rounds to reach the semis.

Both games went to five sets with the winners having to come back from 2-1 down to reach the final.

Scowcroft beat Rob Hall 7-11, 11-4, 10-12, 11-5, 22-20 in the match of the week with Cantor beating Charles Musa 6-11, 12-10, 12-14, 11-5, 12-10.

The final will be played on finals night next Monday at the Hilton Centre as this year the Premier competition is doubling up as the Close Championships Level Singles Competition for all divisions.

John Hutchinson beat Derek Watmough 11-0, 11-3, 12-10 to win the Division One title.

Eleven players took part with Hutchinson beating Tim Vaughan 14-16, 11-4, 11-5, 14-12 and Watmough beating Chris Naylor 10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 15-13, 11-9 in the semi-finals.

Division Two consisted of 12 players. In the semi-finals Jim Bollard beat John Scowcroft 6-11, 11-7, 11-2, 7-11, 11-6 and Max Brooks beat David Cain 11-4, 11-5, 11-2. In the final Brook won 11-6, 11-4, 11-2.

Division Three had nine players. In the semi-finals David Jones beat Stefan Jankowski 13-5, 15-3, 12-14, 11-6. Peter McCormick beat Nayem Alam 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9. In the final McCormick won 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4.

Division Four involved 14 players. Agata Sankiewicz beat Jason Hill 11-8, 11-9, 11-7. Steven Gao beat Steven Robertson 12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7. In the Final Sankiewicz won 11-5, 11-5, 11-8.

Tournament secretary George Berry organised and oversaw the proceedings in his final year in the post.

The Junior Closed Championships take place tonight at the Hilton Centre followed by two days of cup finals and the Closed Championships at the weekend. The finals and presentation evening are on Monday.

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