Danny wins the Cardiff GP U21's over the weekend, and narrowly missed out on a semi final place in the open men's event being edged out by the very strong Chinese Yongbo Zhang 9-11 in the fifth having been 9-5 up. Zhang had previously won the Nottingham GP beaten Jenkins so clearly a class player, so a great performance by Danny.
A great time was had by all! some 40 parents and players turned up to what turned out to be a really nice end to a very productive year by the club. Hard bat matches ensued and great amounts of food and drink consumed, all in all a very good evening. Thanks to all that helped out, brought food and drink and in particular to Deb and Andrea for co-ordinating the provisions.
The team captained by Andrew Hancock featured the dubious talents of our very own webbod Neil Marsden ably supported by Adrian Knight, Robb Webb and Adrian Sainsbury. Andrew, Neil and Adrian (K) finished their assault on the event Thursday night playing away at Leigh and overcame the previous seasons champions Leigh J by a clear 50 points - Well done guys!
Neil, Andrew and Adrian accepting the Trophy following the final
Oscar Isabel and Noah clearly pleased with their performances, all three having had notable wins in this U15 event, Noah just 8 years old making team aggregate age of only 9-10 great prospect for future years.
Ruth Marsden had a good win against Gracie Edwards Essex 3-0 in the final round of County Cadet champs hosted by Cippenham TTC in Slough over the weekend. Gracie ranked 34 in England with a rating of 469 almost 30 places above Ruth.
Men’s Band 1
Byng Hall's livewire Daniel Lawrence was at his entertaining best to win a fantastic Men’s Band 1 title at the Bribar Nottingham Grand Prix.
The drama began for the England junior in the group stage where he was pushed to the full distance in just his second match of the day against Alex Forshaw. Perhaps tired from his early morning start, Lawrence was almost caught napping when Surrey player Forshaw nearly surprised him in a 3-2 (8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9) defeat.
Having escaped his group in top spot, the third seed faced another stern test in the form of Adam Harrison, who battled through four ends in a feisty affair during their quarter-final.
It was action-packed from the beginning, any element of luck for either player causing a stern look of criticism from across the table, while the duo played out some high-calibre table tennis in Lawrence’s 3-1 (11-9, 15-13, 9-11, 11-8) win.
After such a tight match it was a real surprise that the Kent youngster then rushed through a one-sided semi-final with Adam Nutland (3-0) to set up a final meeting with Sam Mabey.
Mabey, who had lost in the morning to Nicolas Leung, battled his heart out in the semi-final rematch against Leung to make the final hurdle – determined not to miss out for a second time. Although he trailed 2-1, Mabey saved two match points from 10-8 down to win through in the final game 3-2 (12-10, 6-11, 11-13, 12-10, 12-10).
In a similarly dramatic final, Lawrence and Mabey traded blows in the first four games to set up a classic and tense title-deciding end.
Mabey made the early running with a dominant 5-0 lead but Lawrence incredibly fought back to set up two match points at 10-8. However, once Mabey turned it around to lead 11-10, it took every ounce of the Kent players skill, and nerve, to scrape through a dramatic 13-11 game.
Another hard fought and competitive session in the National Cadet League hosted at Byng Hall, where Byng Hall "A" extend their lead at the top of the table by 12 points. Well done to all the teams and players. Results below.
The NCL "A" Team Chumika 100%, Luke 89%, George 78%
Both teams in action