Lyon roars to an historic hat-trick

Worksop and District Table Tennis League, pictured are the facilities at Worksop Leisure Centre
Worksop and District Table Tennis League, pictured are the facilities at Worksop Leisure Centre

Global Marble’s Steve Lyon added the Over 40s and Over 50s singles titles to the Over 60s title he won three weeks before, to make Worksop Table Tennis League history.

At the second ‘championship finals’ night he became the first player to hold all three veterans titles at the same time.

Lyon’s opponent in both the Over 40s and Over 50s finals was fellow Global team mate Kalpesh Bhatt.

In the Over 40s final Lyon raced into a 2-0 lead but back came Bhatt to win the next game.

Lyon took the fourth 11-8 and the match 3-1.

In the Over 50s final Bhatt took the first game 11-6 and a healthy lead early in the next set, but Lyon stormed back to win three sets in a row and another title.

Jayden Budworth made it into two finals in her debut season in the Worksop League.

In the Ladies Singles Jayden, who plays in Division Three was up against Lea Dickinson who is Division Two’s top ranked player.

Budworth came from behind to win the match 3-1.

In the final of the Division Three Singles Budworth found the going a little easier as she overcame Daniel Cutts in straight sets.

Dickinson faced Kyle McIntosh in the Division Two Singles, and he could do nothing to nullify Dickinson’s attacking prowess, going down in straight sets.

Two players from Division One were drawn to face two from Division Two in the Draw Doubles final.

Richard Wesley and Kalpesh Bhatt took the first set 11-6 but Jack Kirkland and Dickinson played extremely well in the next two sets and were unlucky to lose them both 13-11, as Wesley and Bhatt retained the title.

The final of the Plate Singles was between Alan Wilson from Division Two and Division Three’s Adam Hamilton.

Wilson took the first two sets 11-5 and 11-2, and despite an improved performance in the third set from Hamilton he could do nothing to stop Wilson winning the title.

On a separate night the final of The David Hooton Trophy, the handicap competition for Division One sides, took place between last year’s winners DTH Redlands Roosters and MBE.

The Roosters started 65 points in front and when MBE’s Mark Stanfield beat the Roosters captain Dave Gascoyne by 24 points it looked like MBE were going to make short work of reducing the deficit.

However both Steve Johnson and Rick Harris the other Roosters both beat Mick Bell to increase their initial lead.

Despite the doubles pairings of Stanfield and Dave Marsh and Bell and Marsh both making gains on the Roosters it was looking like it wasn’t going to be enough to claw the lead back.

Rick Harris took on Dave Marsh and played some great table tennis to win it by 17 points, and when Gascoyne and Johnson beat Bell and Stanfield by 13 points the Roosters victory was secure, finally retaining the trophy by 511 points to 464.