Darren Lindley retained the title when the Huddersfield Table Tennis League held their Closed Championships at Almondbury Sports Centre.
It’s the first time the League have staged them since adopting Almondbury as their new home for coaching and development purposes.
Lindley triumphed in a repeat of last year’s final, beating arch rival Tim Dyson in five tense sets.
Dyson, contesting his third final of the championships, was hot off the blocks and took the first game 11-5 as Lindley took time to settle down.
The Champion, however, took the next two, 11-9, 11-5 before Dyson levelled the match, winning the fourth 11-7.
In the final game Lindley opened the serving and swept into a 3-0 lead and they changed round at 5-1 with Dyson facing an uphill battle.
And so it proved with Lindley running out a relatively comfortable winner 11-5.
While the final lacked the tension of some in the past, both finalists had had to play some stunning table tennis on their way to the showpiece.
This year’s Championships attracted the highest standard of entry for many years and for the first year the singles became an open event, with the entry of top lady Janet Adams (pictured).
Dyson didn’t go home empty handed as he retained both his Veterans and Men’s Doubles titles.
In the Veterans he had to recover from being two games to love down against tournament newcomer Larry Bainbridge, eventually winning 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7.
The partnership of Dyson and Russell Senior has for many years taken on a variety of opponents and overcome the best.
Their latest final opponents were the Polish pairing of Damien Galka and Thomas Pietrzyk, who play for Deighton Leisure.
This proved to be a very close affair – Dyson and Senior won the first two 11-7, 11-7 as nerves seemed to get the better of Galka in particular.
However the Poles bounced back with two narrow 12-10 victories to take the match into a deciding fifth game, in which they were just pipped by the defending champions 13-11.
They had better luck in other events, though, with Pierzyk beating fellow countryman Rafal Aleksandrzak in the Handicap event while Galka won the Band One singles, defeating Keith Skarz in the final.
Other winners were: Band Two Singles – Sebastian Frere beat Steve Hanson. Band Three Singles – Erron Samuda beat Godfrey Gabriel. Veterans Over 60 – Geoff Dunne beat Stewart Clarke. Mixed Ability Doubles – geoff Dunne & Jack Fisher beat Ian McLean and Martin Town.
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