The Wisbech and District Table Tennis Association held its 69th Annual Championships at The Wisbech Table Tennis Club at Pinnacle House Nene Parade Wisbech for the fourth year on Saturday 17th March. Entries this year were well up on last year with 26 entered.
In the Open Singles there were just two seeds this year Wayne Mason No. 1, last year’s winner who again won through to final without too much of a problem. Chad Bassett was this year’s No. 2 and runner up last year. He came up against Allan Nicholls in the semi-final and managed to beat him in four ends to reach the final. The final was hard fought with some exciting points won. Mason came out on top to retain his title 11-6, 12-14, 11-7, 11-4.
In the Men’s Doubles again there were just 2 seeds, Richard Mussett and Owen Turner No. 1 and Craig Pack and Steve Ely No. 2. The seeding was spot on with both seeds reaching the final. It was close and went the distance with Mussett and Turner eventual winners 10-12, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5.
In the Veteran 40 Singles the 2 seeds were Allan Nicholls No.1 and Owen Turner No. 2. Nicholls was surprisingly knocked out in the quarter finals by on form Steve Ely chopping his way through eventually to the final taking out Steve Mason, on the way, in a long five ender in the semi-final. Turner had an easier route to the final. With Turner the hitter and Ely the chopper it was a matter of waiting for the moment to strike for Turner to run out the winner and retaining his title, 8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6.
In the Veteran 50 Singles the 2 seeds were Allan Nicholls No.1, winning through to the final without much trouble. The No. 2 seed was Steve Mason and again he went through without much fuss to the final. It was a straight three end win for Nicholls 12-10, 11-5, 11-7.
In the new Veteran 60 Singles the 2 seeds were Allan Nicholls No.1 and Chris Gay No. 2. With the correct seeding they both made the final with Nicholls winning in four 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6.
In the Handicap Singles it was the consistency of Wayne Mason, runner up last year, on Zero that saw him into the final again. On the other side of the draw it was Graham Sheppard on 18 who went through to meet Mason. I was again Mason winning through 31-28.
In the Consolation Singles it was Owen Turner through to the final meeting Irmantas Kukuris from the easier half of the draw. The final was hard fought by both players which had to go the distance before Turner won through. 19-17, 11-7, 10-12, 8-11, 11-5.