Mason’s the new champ

Number one seed Wayne Mason beat last year’s title holder Matthew Knott in a closely fought Open Singles final at the weekend’s Wisbech and District Table Tennis Association Annual Championships.

The Seniors with 26 entrants played on Saturday in the 63rd Championships at Marshland High School and on Sunday 46 Juniors, mainly from Marshland High School and Thomas Clarkson with a few from other local schools, took part. This year’s entry was up from last year.

In the Open Singles all but one of the four seeds made it to the semi-finals. The surprise was that of non seeded Steve Mason beating Mike Crowson, the number 6 seed, in the quarter-finals. In the semis Wayne Mason beat Steve Mason and Knott beat Chad Bassett. In the final Wayne Mason won back his previously held title 11-8, 11-7, 11-9.

In the Men’s Doubles title holders John Blyth and Wayne Mason retained their title against No 2 seeds Chris Gay and Matthew Knott 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9. In the Veterans 40’s and 50’s the finalist in both were Mike Crowson, No 3 seed and Richard Mussett No 4 seed. Both finals were decided on one game with Crowson winning both titles 6-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5.

In the Handicap Singles Grant Brightey beat Dale Parnell, an up and coming Junior, 31-23. In the Consolation Singles Steve Ely won against Paul Reed 11-9, 11-3, 11-3.

The Junior events on Sunday saw some new blood entering the tournament: brothers Kaal and Ross Brown and Abbie Stacey all of whom featured in the finals. A Girls Open was run, which hasn’t been possible for a number of years.

Results, Under 18 Singles: Kaal Brown beat Ross Brown 11-5, 11-4, 11-8.

U18 Doubles: Callum Brown and Dale Parnell beat Kaal and Ross Brown 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 13-11. U16 Singles: Kaal Brown beat Craig Pack 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8. U16 Doubles: Kall and Ross Brown beat Callum Brown and Liam Irlam 15-17, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7. U14 Singles: Craig Pack beat Ross Brown 10-12, 12-10, 14-12, 5-11, 11-7. U14 Doubles: Ross Brown and Craig Pack beat Jordan Mason and Jack Hill 11-9, 11-8, 11-2. U12 Singles: Abbie Stacey beat Jordan Mason 11-7, 11-7, 11-4. U12 Doubles: in a round robin, Jordan Mason and John Cooper beat Abbie Stacey and Hannah Brown. Girls Open: Abbie Stacey beat Ellen Rayner 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.

Wisbech Table Tennis League

Week 15: Eagles (10) R Mussett 2, O Turner 2.5, J Bell 2.5. Awarded 3, Aqua (0) M Bradshaw 0, R Dolan 0. Aqua (6) R Dolan 2, M Bradshaw 2, T Furlong 2, Welney (4) A Inwood 0.5, S Mason 3.5, S Kent 0. Squashed Kestrels (7) C Gay 2, C Brown 1.5, M Knott 3.5, Walton Highway ‘B’ (3) D Hughes 0, A Nicholls 2, S Ely 1. Walton Highway ‘A’ (3) G Brightey 2, A Murray 0, P Reed 1, Pegg Scaffolding (7) M Skipper 3.5, R Pegg 1, P Pegg 2.5. Trojans (9) S Barrett 3.5, M Crowson 3.5, C Bassett 2, Walton Highway ‘B’ (1) G Sheppard 0, D Hughes 0, S Ely 1.