RAYMOND Hinchliff’s unequalled record of 10 championship wins is safe for another year at least.
It was thought that Tim Dyson, playing some of his best table tennis for many years, and with nine wins already to his credit, might this year pull it off. But no!
Darren Lindley, with seven wins to his name, was in fabulous form and took the title by 12-10, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6.
What a pity that the number of spectators didn’t match the high quality of the play.
Nevertheless those who were present were treated to a fantastic display which they will not forget.
The power, the speed, the mobility of the players and at times the deftness of touch, was quite magical.
Perhaps next year Dyson will hit the 10 spot; perhaps Lindley will join him on nine. Whatever happens both of them will long be remembered as great players, and ambassadors of sportsmanship.
They weren’t the only stars on view, Oliver Shaw, still only 16 years of age, was in the finals, and he won them all.
Not only is he a good player, but a great competitor.
His determination is quite formidable for one so young.
What of Matthew Ellis, who at 13 years of age won the Under 15 Championship.
Sheer delight was written all over his face, and who could blame him, especially when with Mark Pugh they won the Mixed Ability Doubles title. And don’t forget Nathan Spencer, who plays for Brooks D, winning the Band 3 title in his first season in league table tennis.