WHO will win the prestigious Huddersfield Closed Table Tennis Championships?
It’s a tough question to answer when the top four seeds are Darren Lindley, Tim Dyson, Shaun Ellis and Mark Pugh.
But everyone will find out when battle commences at Newsome Sports College on Sunday (9am start, finals in the afternoon).
In addition to the men’s singles, there’s the doubles competition, ladies and junior sections and all the title holders from last year are defending this time.
It promises to be a tremendous day of table tennis and, the previous day, there is an ‘open day’ between 10am and 1pm for all sports enthusiasts.
Meanwhile, in the league, Division 2A leaders Marsh Wanderers B scored a 6-2 victory over Brooks C Juniors at Marsh Con.
It was a blood and thunder clash from start to finish as both sides strived to get the upper hand.
Brooks C led by four sets to three, then Marsh drew level at 4-4 with Eddie Bowen out-hitting young Ryan Ackroyd in a fast-paced clash to win 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11, 11-9.
David Taylor’s consistent counter drives proved too much for Rodney Hullah, with Taylor triumphing 11-5 in the final game. Mick Townend, with his powerful backhand hits, won two vital sets for the Wanderers, but young Chris Proud proved a real handful for Brooks, winning his three singles sets in knockout style.
The final doubles set was a cracker, with Taylor and Bowen edging out Ackroyd and Proud 11-7 in the fifth.
Marsh Wand B 6 Brooks C 4
Scores (Marsh names first) – David Taylor lost to Ryan Ackroyd 8-11 9-11 12-10 8-11; Mick Townend beat Rod Hullah 11-5 12-10 11-6 12-10; Eddie Bowen lost to Chris Proud 19-21, 6-11, 4-11; Townend beat Ackroyd 11-4 8-11 6-11 11-7 11-1; Taylor lost to Proud 11-8 6-11 11-7 8-11 3-11; Bowen beat Hullah 11-4 11-9 11-3; Townend lost to Proud 11-8 7-11 11-5 11-13 10-12; Bowen beat Ackroyd 11-7 11-8 9-11 7-11 11-9; Taylor beat Hullah 4-11 11-8 13-11 10-12 11-5; Taylor and Ackroyd beat Bowen and Proud 11-3 3-11 11-9 8-11 11-7.
League results – Division I: Kingsmith Eng C 4 Marsh A 6, Woodfield Park A 4 Brooks A 6, Marsh Wand A 3 Kingsmith Eng A 7, David Brown A 2 Brooks B 8, Kingsmith Eng B 7 Scissett WMC A 3.
Division 2A: Scissett WMC B 9 Kingsmith Eng F 1, Golcar Lib A 4 Marsh C 6, Newsome SC B 1 Scissett MS 9, Deighton LC A 9 Kingsmith Eng D 1.
Division 2B: Kingsmith Terriers 3 Kingsmith 200plus 7, Marsh D 8 Newsome SC A 2, Brooks D 4 Newsome SC D 6, David Brown B 2 Kingsmith PW 8, Deighton LC B 1 Deighton LC C 9.