J.C Dykes Table Tennis Championships.
Williams Retains Title
In the main event of the Table Tennis Championships held this week at Morda, Wyn Williams of Llanfair Caereinion retained his open singles title. Three of the four main cedes, Wyn Williams, Jeremy Chavez, and Jason Hughes all made it to the semi-finals but Glyn Jones was surprisingly beaten by Clive Jones in the first round 11-8, 14-16, 11-9. Andrezej Bartoszek was the surprise semi-finalist after knocking Clive Jones out in the quarter-finals 11-3, 11-7. In the semi-final the number one and two seeds were dominant with Williams taking the final in three straight sets over Jeremy Chavez.
In the Division 2 singles there was a poor turnout of players but the semi-final between Oliver Harris and Jack Hughes produced an excellent match. Although going to the more experienced Harris 11-9, 11-7, the two juniors played some fine attacking strokes. In the final, Harris came out on top, beating Gerraint Thomas 11-9, 11-4.
The handicap event gave each player an equal opportunity to win. There were first close round wins for Andrezej Bartoszek over Gerraint Thomas, and Dylan Evans over Phil Langford. But the two star matches were Jack Hughes defeat of Wyn Williams 11-9, 13-11, 11-3 and Clive Jones defeat of Tim Mytton 11-7, 7-11,11-7. Jason Hughes, Dylan Evans, Jack Hughes & Jeremy Chavez all progressed to the semi-finals. Jason Hughes (+2) out pointed his fellow Morda team mate Jeremy Chavez 11-5, 11-8. In the other semi, fellow Criftins juniors Jack Hughes (+3) and Dylan Evans did battle; Evans eventually winning 11-5, 7-11, 11-6. The final played over 5 sets saw Evans (+1) take the match 10-12, 11-6,11-7,11-7.
In the Doubles partners were draw based on ability and then handicapped. There appeared to be some good pairings, Jonathan Dyke & Wyn Williams (Dyke having won last year with Dylan Evans), Jeremy Chavez & Oliver Harris, Clive Jones & Andrezej Bartoszek (Team Members at Caereinion). The first of these pairings to falter was Harris & Chavez who were defeated by Jones & Bartoszek in the first round. Jones & Bartoszek however lost in the semi-finals to Jack Hughes & Jim Reeves 11-8, 6-11, 17-15 with each side have the chance to take the deciding point. Williams & Dyke made it through to the final after a close first round to Langford & Mytton and an easier match in the semi-final over Jason Hughes & Thomas. In the Final Dyke & Williams eventually overcame Jack Hughes and Reeves 11-7,8-11,11-6.
In the Veterans competition Wyn Williams (-4) eventually overcame Jim Reeves 11-4, 8-11, 12-10 in the semi-final before taking the title in the final over Jason Hughes.
The consolation for those defeated in their first match in the open singles, gave players another title to go for. In the first round fellow Criftins players Tim Mytton & Jonathan Dyke had a close match with Mytton winning through. Similarly the Criftins pair of Oliver Harris & Dylan Evans with Harris winning 19-17, 12-10. Glyn Jones moved through to the final with a win over Tim Mytton, and in the other half of the draw, Harris defeated Phil Langford. The final between Jones (-3) and Harris (+1) was a ding-dong match. Eventually Harris winning 8-11, 13-11, 11-9.