Newcomers table bid for honours

Wisbech and District Table Tennis Championships - Chad Bassett (Open Singles runner up)
Wisbech and District Table Tennis Championships - Chad Bassett (Open Singles runner up)

The Wisbech and District Table Tennis Association held its 64th Annual Championships at Marshland High School this weekend.

The Seniors played on Saturday with a reduced entry due to the bad weather and the absence of a number of prominent players from last year’s entry. This has led to seeing new names on the trophies.

In the Open Singles only two of the first four seeds made it to the semi-finals Chad Bassett (1) and Chris Gay (3) who met each other in the top half, Bassett winning through to the final.

In the bottom half the unseeded and much improved Junior Dale Parnell took out the second and fourth seeds to go through. Parnell (18) overcame No 1 seed Bassett in four ends 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8, a very good result.

In the Men’s Doubles the only name from last year to feature in the final was that of John Blyth who with partner Chad Bassett beat Mick Fort and Owen Turner. 14-12, 12-10,7-11,11-8.

In the Veteran 40 Singles John Blyth the No 4 seed beat the non-seeded Mark Willows in the final 13-11, 11-1, 11-3. In the Veteran 50 Singles it was No 1 seed Alan Ashberry against No 2 seed Chris Gay in the final. Newcomer Ashberry took the title 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-0.

In the Handicap Singles again Parnell won against Owen Turner 31-27. In the Consolation Singles Tim Hines beat Graham Sheppard 4-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7.

In the Junior event held on Sunday again the Brown brothers dominated proceedings.

Results were: Under 18 Singles Ross Brown beat Karl Brown 11-7, 11-7, 11-5, a reversal of last year. U18 Doubles Callum Brown and Dale Parnell beat Karl and Ross Brown 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, a repeat of last year. U16 Singles Karl Brown beat Ross Brown 11-9, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8. U16 Doubles Karl and Ross Brown beat Abbie Stacey and Jordan Mason 11-8, 11-2, 11-4. Under 14 Singles Ross Brown beat Abbie Stacey 11-4, 11-8, 11-8. U14 doubles Alex Bragg and Ross Brown beat Abbie Stacey and Jordan Mason. U12 Singles Abbie Stacey beat James Kelly 11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9. U12 Doubles James Kelly and Abbie Stacey beat Alex Bragg and James Gourley 11-8, 11-7, 11-8.