No surprises in table tennis championships

Robert Hooton presenting the Junior Player Of The Year Trophy to Tom McIntosh who has had a fabulous season winning the Cadet Singles, Division Two Doubles, Boys U12's plus representing England.
Robert Hooton presenting the Junior Player Of The Year Trophy to Tom McIntosh who has had a fabulous season winning the Cadet Singles, Division Two Doubles, Boys U12's plus representing England.
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The first of the Worksop Table Tennis League’s Championship Finals nights threw up no surprises, with results going according to the form book.

The first final of the night was the Boys Under 12s, with Division One player Tom McIntosh playing in the first of his four final appearances, defending a title he won last year.

He was up against Josh Nelson of Division Three and despite the gap of two divisions Nelson put up a spirited display but couldn’t stop McIntosh winning in straight sets.

Lea Dickinson and Daniel Cutts featured in the Handicap Singles final with Cutts being awarded eight points start which proved too much of a deficit for Dickinson to claw back, finally losing 21-10, 21-11.

McIntosh’s second final of the night was the Junior Singles final where his opponent was his club team mate Peter Cowburn and once again the match went with the form book with Cowburn defending the title he won last year in straight sets.

The final of the Division Two Doubles was between four players from the same team.

Stanley Street B players Kyle McIntosh and Jack Kirkland probably started as slight favourites against Paul Linfield and Matt Williams but soon found themselves 1-0 down in the best of five sets but recovered to level at 1-1.

The third set was a close affair with Linfield and Williams finally winning it 15-13 which gave them the momentum going into the next game which they also won to clinch the title.

The next final featured Richard Wesley who was going for his fifth straight Open Singles title against Cowburn, who was going for his first.

Wesley soon raced into a 2-0 lead before Cowburn managed to pull a set back but he couldn’t sustain it and lost the next to lose the match 3-1.

The win for Wesley equals the five straight wins of previous winners Craig Gascoyne and Paul Clarke but three short of the record eight straight wins for Philip Spencer set from 1969 to 1976.

Despite retaining his Cadet Singles title in straight sets McIntosh didn’t have it all his own way against Jack Kirkland, who put up some stubborn resistance with some great table tennis, but couldn’t stop the attacking prowess of McIntosh.

The closest match on the night was the Over 60’s final between Steve Lyon and Peter Eyre which went to a deciding set.

Eyre won the first with Lyon taking the next two before Eyre won the fourth set to level at 2-2 and take the match into a deciding fifth set.

Lyon soon stamped his authority on the deciding set racing into a five point lead, a lead that he didn’t surrender , finally winning it 11-6 to once again be crowned Over 60’s Champion.

The last final of the night was the Open Doubles which again featured players who had already featured earlier in the night.

In an intriguing looking match Richard Wesley teamed up with his brother Tom and they were up against Cowburn and McIntosh, who despite taking a set off the Wesley brothers couldn’t stop them winning their fourth straight Open Doubles final.