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Green Day: Connor and Anna top of the charts

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Twins Connor and Anna Green continue to amass matching titles as both won the Under-13 singles at the PG Mutual U10-U13 National Championships.
'Twins Connor and Anna Green continue to amass matching titles as both won the Under-13 singles at the PG Mutual U10-U13 National Championships. Both lived up to their top seedings as they stepped up from the Under-12 titles they won last year. In the Under-11s, top seed Ralph Pattison and second seed Mia Longman were the two champions, And the doubles saw victory for Jakub Piwowar & Oliver Maric-Murray in the boys’ event and Saskia Key & Katie Bates in the girls’. The competition continues in Wolverhampton with the Under-10 and Under-12 events on Sunday. Click here to visit the event page, for all today’s results. All pictures by Michael Loveder – more will appear on our Flickr page shortly. Under-13 Boys Connor Green Connor Green justified his top seeding as he never allowed third seed Jakub Piwowar a foothold in the final. The Nottingham player always had a bit too much for his Torquay opponent, winning 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-6). Piwowar got through a monumental five-setter against Joseph Hunter, the second seed, in the semi-finals. Piwowar led 2-0 but Hunter came back to level and then fought back from 9-5 down in the decider. Both boys had at least two match points before Hunter missed by a whisker to give Piwowar a 3-2 (11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 9-11, 16-14) triumph. Green’s semi-final was not such a nerve-shredder, but Ollie Maric-Murray was still a tough opponent before Green prevailed 3-1 (11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4). The only quarter-final not to be decided in three straight was Piwowar’s 3-1 (11-4, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3) victory over Harry Yip. There were a couple of thrillers back in the first round, none more so than Francesco Bonato overturning a 2-0 deficit to see off Adam Dennison 3-2 (11-13, 3-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-9). Bonato was defeated by Nathaniel Saunders in the next round, who was himself knocked out by Maric-Murray in the quarters. The other first-round marathon saw Joseph Cooper get through 3-2 (11-3, 2-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9) against Kamari Jagdeo-Bailey. Cooper’s run was ended by Georgios Gerakios, who then went down to Hunter in the quarter-finals. Group stage Fourth-ranked Larry Trumpauskas leap-frogged two players above him to follow top-ranked James Hamblett out of Group 5, a performance under-pinned by a terrific comeback in his first match, beating Ojasvil Borah 3-2 (7-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-3, 12-10). A subsequent 3-0 win over Jake Hewitt was enough for him to take second place. In Group 8, third-ranked Krish Chotai got above Joseph Dennison into second spot thanks to a 3-1 victory – he also beat the fourth player, Christopher Ho, 3-2 (7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8). Ho in turn came from 2-0 down to beat Dennison. None of which mattered to group winner Georgios Gerakios, who won all three matches in four. Group 1 also saw the No 3 player advance – Luke Lowther coming through on countback over Ethan Eaketts and No 4 Sam Gabriel, who all won a match apiece. Eaketts beat Lowther in five, having earlier lost to Gabriel in a decider, which meant Lowther’s 3-0 win over Gabriel was the decisive result. Completing a trio of No 3s going through was Francesco Bonato in Group 3, behind Jakub Piwowar. Bonato sealed it with a 3-2 (11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 3-11, 11-5) win over Ralph Pattison. In Group 10, top-ranked Jake Haygarth won his three matches, but there was a three-way countback to decide second and it went the way of second-ranked Jenson Moreno ahead of Thomas Nicol and Henry Shaw. Moreno was defeated 3-2 (11-13, 11-6, 13-15, 11-6, 11-8) by Shaw. The pattern repeated in Group 7, behind No 1 player Nathaniel Saunders. No 4 Kamari Jagdeo-Bailey beat No 2 Lennon Maughan in four, No 3 Jacob Archer beat Jagdeo-Bailey 15-13 in a decider and Maughan beat Archer 11-9 in the fifth. All of which saw Jagdeo-Bailey get the second spot. Ben Poulter’s withdrawal meant Group 6 was comprised of three players, and Adam Palmer went through behind Harry Yip – though top seed Yip had to dig deep to avoid the group going to countback, as he triumphed over Yiannis Kazantzidis 3-2 (7-11, 11-7, 14-16, 13-11, 11-8). The top two went through from all the other groups as expected, though top seed Tom Powlesland had to hold off second seed Thomas Palmer 3-2 (7-11, 11-9, 1-11, 13-11, 12-10) to top Group 9. It was a similar tale in Group 11, where No 1 Adam Dennison overcame No 2 Joseph Cooper 3-2 (11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 6-11, 11-9). Under-13 Girls Anna Green Top seed Anna Green reasserted herself after final opponent Maliha Baig threatened a comeback. Baig saved a match point in the third, which she went on to win, and then led 4-0 in the fourth to raise hopes of a turnaround. But Green got her game together when it mattered and, minutes after twin brother Connor had won his title, sealed a 3-1 (11-4, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8) victory. In the semi-finals, is was all reasonably comfortable for the top two, Green getting through against Isabelle Lacorte (7, 5, 9) and second seed Baig seeing off the challenge of Katie Bates (8, 3, 5). Baig had some difficult moments in her quarter-final against Connie Dumelow, saving a match point at 9-10 in the fifth before finally getting over the line 13-11 to seal a 3-2 (9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 13-11) victory. Lacorte had a difficult passage to the semis. Back in the last 16, she came from 2-0 down to defeat Darcy Brewer 3-2 (4-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-3). In the quarters, she twice trailed before getting past Saskia Key in five (8-11, 13-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-5). Brewer herself came from 2-1 down in the preliminary round to account for Mabel Shute (11-8, 10-12, 7-11, 13-11, 11-9), a feat matched by Sophie Richardson against Kate Watkinson. Richardson then lost 3-0 (10, 5, 9) in the last 16 to Baig. Group stage Ella Pashley got above Mia Longman to take second place in Group 1, behind top seed Anna Green. In a three-player group, Pashley, who also took a set off Green, won what was effectively a shootout against Longman thanks to a close 3-2 (9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9) scoreline. Group six became a three-player group because of the withdrawal of Evie Davies, and there was a thrilling match to decide second place. It was between Inara Ahmed and Chui-Que Wong and it went to the lower-ranked Wong, who twice came from behind to win 3-2 (7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 14-12). Top-ranked Saskia Key won the group, though she dropped a set to Wong. Second seed Maliha Baig got through Group 2 with no alarms, but she was followed by third-ranked Jessica Felton, who overcame higher-ranked Emily Cheung 3-2 (8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 6-11, 11-6) in the key match. Mabel Shute rose from third to second in Group 4, following the top seed Bethany Ellis through to the knockout stage thanks to a 3-1 (11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 11-5) victory over second-ranked Milly Hanrahan. The top two went through in Group 8 but in the reverse order as Anna Piercey overcame Kate Watkinson 3-1 (3-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9). That was not the deciding factor, though, as Piercey lost to Anna Hartley in four, and had to rely on countback to top the group ahead of Watkinson. Both girls won two matches, with Piercey’s other victory coming against Sally Atkinson, who she beat in five (11-5, 10-12, 11-6, 3-11, 11-9). Atkinson ended up third as she beat Hartley from 2-0 down, taking it 3-2 (2-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-5, 11-0). No surprises in any of the other groups, where the top two got through in ranking order. Under-11 Boys Ralph Pattison Ralph Pattison justified his top seeding as he overcame unseeded Isaac Kingham in four in the final – the scoreline 3-1 (11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9). Pattison needed four in his semi-final against Sam Gabriel, the third game proving pivotal as he won 3-1 (11-7, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8). It was three straight in the other semi as Kingham overcame the youngest player, Abraham Earl Sellado 13-11, 11-5, 11-5). One of the quarter-finals went to five and was won by Gabriel, who came from 2-0 down to knock out Daniyal Palmer. There was a terrific comeback in the previous round by Palmer, who trailed 2-0 and 8-2 to Max Radiven but turned it around, saving a number of match points in winning the third 16-14 and paving the way to complete a 3-2 (7-11, 5-11, 16-14, 11-6, 11-8) victory. Three of the four first-round ties went the distance – Cheung-Turner defeating Leo Nguyen 11-5 in the fifth and Charlie Davidson getting past Sam Davies 11-8 in the decider. Group stage Issac Kingham defeated the top-ranked player in Group 2, Louis Cheung-Turner, prevailing 3-1 (14-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5) – Cheung-Turner beat Prateek Sai Divakaria to go through in second place in the three-player group. No surprises in the other groups as the top two went through as predicted by the seedings, though Sam Davies needed to mount a comeback to ensure he came through second in Group 4, overcoming third-ranked Kacper Piwowar 3-2 (4-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5). Under-11 Girls Mia Longman Second seed Mia Longman took the title with – in the end – a hard-fought 3-1 (11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 13-11) victory over Chui-Que Wong in the final. Wong saved three match points in the third to take the match into a fourth, but Longman took her second chance to seal the gold. The competition was blown open in the quarter-finals, when Wong defeated the top seed Sienna Jetha in four (11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4). At the same stage, Coker staved off a comeback by Caron Charles to take her place in the semis thanks to a 3-2 (11-5, 14-12, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6) scoreline. Group stage The top two went through in Group 3, though not in the order predicted as Naomi Coker leap-frogged Ella Pashley to take top spot, thanks to a 3-1 (9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 13-11) victory. Olivia Miners got above Isobel Langridge into second place in Group 1, behind Sienna Jetha. Miners’ feat was all the more impressive as she came from 2-0 down to triumph 3-2 (8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6). Group 2 almost had an identical outcome. Top seed Mia Longman came through her two matches unscathed, leaving Eva Eccles and Chui-Que Wong to battle it out for second place. On this occasion, the higher-ranked Wong came through, but not before fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to triumph 3-2 (3-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5). Evie Ferrar had no luck in Group 4, losing all three matches in five games, including seeing Millie Noble come from 2-0 down to win 12-10 in the decider. Neither went through, however, as top two Sophie Ackred and Caron Charles Under-13 Boys’ Doubles Top seeds Jakub Piwowar & Oliver Maric-Murray duly took the title, nipping a potential comeback in the bud as they saw off final opponents James Hamblett & Harry Yip 3-1 (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-1). Hamblett & Yip defeated second seeds Connor Green & Georgios Gerakios in the semi-finals. Twice they were pegged back, before winning the decider to clinch a 3-2 (11-6, 11-13, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7) victory. They earlier needed four in the quarter-finals, against Joseph Dennison & Joseph Cooper, while their first-round match was won by the strange score of 3-0 (12-10, 11-1, 14-12) against Daniel Clark & Krish Chotai. Piwowar & Maric-Murray made slightly easier progress, dropping a game in each of the first round and quarter-finals before getting past Jenson Moreno & Joseph Hunter in three straight (6, 4, 4) in the semis. Under-13 Girls’ Doubles Saskia Key & Katie Bates took the title in a pulsating final, overturning a last-game deficit to triumph 3-2 (11-5, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9) over Maliha Baig & Sienna Jetha. Both semi-finals went the distance and saw the top seeds eliminated in the process as Key & Bates defeated Anna Green & Isabelle Lacorte. The underdogs led 2-0 but were pegged back, before eventually coming through 3-2 (11-7, 12-10, 3-11, 6-11, 11-7). In the bottom half of the draw, second seeds Baig & Jetha were given a fright by Rachael Iles & Anna Piercey, who twice came back from a set down to level. However, the higher-ranked pair sealed it 3-2 (11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7).'

Follow the U10-U13 Nationals

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The youngest members of the table tennis elite will go head-to-head at the weekend at the PG Mutual U10-U13 National Championships.
'The youngest members of the table tennis elite will go head-to-head at the weekend at the PG Mutual U10-U13 National Championships. With action in both boys and girls’ events and in four age groups – plus the U13 doubles – it will be a busy weekend at WV Active in Wolverhampton. We will be streaming the action from table 1 on our YouTube page throughout the weekend. Click here to find out more about the event and to follow results as they come in over the weekend . Click here to view the event programme . Saturday’s streaming schedule 9am-11am: Under-13 Girls’ Singles group 2 Maliha Baig v Jessica Felton Emily Cheung v Phoebe Tomlinson Baig v Cheung Felton v Tomlinson Baig v Tomlinson Cheung v Felton 11am-1pm: Under-13 Boys’ Singles group 1 Connor Green v Luke Lowther Ethan Eaketts v Sam Gabriel Green v Eaketts Lowther v Gabriel Green v Gabriel Eaketts v Lowther 1pm: Under-13 Girls’ Singles second round 1.30pm: Under-13 Boys’ Singles first round 2pm: Under- Girls’ Doubles second round 2.30pm-4.30pm: Under-11 Girls’ Singles group 2 Chui-Que Wong v Mia Longman Longman v Eva Eccles Wong v Eccles 4.30pm: Under-13 Girls’ Doubles semi-final 5pm: Under-11 Boys’ Singles second round 5.30pm: Under-13 Girls’ Singles semi-final 6pm: Under-11 Girls’ Singles second round 6.30pm: Under-13 Boys’ Singles final 7pm: Under-11 Boys’ Singles final 7.30pm: Under-13 Girls’ Doubles final'

Membership offer: Free spa days!

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This summer, Table Tennis England members can treat themselves to one of 500 Free Spa Days with Fabyouless, worth £39.99.
'This summer, Table Tennis England members can treat themselves to one of 500 Free Spa Days with Fabyouless, worth £39.99. The Spa Day includes full use of all facilities at  over 100 great spas nationwide  which usually include swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, relaxation areas and a gym. Massages, treatments and other services can be purchased directly from the Spa. As well as your Spa Day voucher, you’ll also receive a free two-month Fabyouless membership* which gets you 25% discounts on treatments at participating spas, and more than 2,000 additional hair and beauty salons, gyms and mobile stylists throughout the UK. *Terms and conditions apply. See website for details . Offers subject to change without notice. Only one claim per person. New customers only. Offer valid from Saturday 1 June 2019 – Friday 12 July 2019. The Spa Day needs to be taken whilst the customer has an active Fabyouless membership. After the initial free two-month membership period the Fabyouless membership automatically renews at a special half-price rate of £29.99 for a further 12 months. You can cancel any time online. PG Benefits (TTE) is managed and run on behalf of TTE by Parliament Hill Ltd.'

Members’ Advisory Group update

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The Members' Advisory Group (MAG) has begun its work. Here is the latest update from the group, outlining current and future projects on which MAG is seeking input from the wider Table Tennis England membership.
'The Members’ Advisory Group (MAG) has begun its work. Here is the latest update from the group, outlining current and future projects on which MAG is seeking input from the wider Table Tennis England membership. MAG First Meetings and Projects All 12 newly appointed MAG members attended the Table Tennis England National Conference on 30th March 2019 for their first informal meeting. This provided some of MAG with the opportunity to meet Board members for the first time. Table Tennis England Chairman Sandra Deaton, Deputy Chairman Susie Hughes, Chief Executive Sara Sutcliffe and Head of Operations and Governance Jo Keay-Blyth also attended the first meeting for part of the time. The National Conference also provided the MAG team a chance to introduce themselves to a wide range of volunteers from clubs and leagues. This provided a good first opportunity for the MAG team to listen to issues that are of concern to the Membership. At the Pride of Table Tennis Awards, MAG members heard about the fantastic work that is done by a wide range of volunteers throughout our sport. This first meeting was primarily to facilitate introductions and to set some working parameters. It was followed up with the Board providing MAG with its first project brief. MAG met again on Saturday 4th May to start work in earnest on setting the groundwork for the operation of the Group and discuss both the first and subsequent projects. A few details about these and on how the TTE membership can get involved are addressed below. Ranking/Rating Project – The first MAG project has been instigated via the Board asking MAG to consider the Table Tennis England National Ranking system and the Board have provided MAG with a project brief requesting that they provide a report to the Board reflecting the expertise and knowledge of its members; and the views of the wider Table Tennis England membership. MAG have particularly been asked to initially look at the principles against which any future system should be measured and to provide feedback to the Board on what does and what doesn’t work well about the current TTE system. A project sub-team has been set up to undertake the review and preliminary work has begun on this through individual connections and via the new MAG Facebook group. MAG hope to produce an initial Rankings Project report for the Board in the next few weeks. MAG welcomes all input from the Table Tennis England member community and as a member you can already have your say via the MAG Facebook Group . Collaborative Work-Space – Communication between the MAG members has been enhanced by the use of a collaboration tool. This provides an online work-space where members of MAG can proactively discuss issues and projects and keep in contact in between meetings. The collaboration tool can also facilitate sub-group discussions. This is where individual members are already sharing issues raised with them by members of the wider table tennis community. Initially a sub group has been created for the Ranking Project. Future Projects – topics that The Board has indicated may become future projects include Competition Review Strategy and Volunteering Strategy. A number of individual members of MAG have also suggested some ‘blue sky thinking’ projects which these members will work on to provide briefs which they will present to other members of MAG and for the Board to consider. Project ideas from the Table Tennis England community are also welcome, and MAG will review all ideas received to identify additional future projects. Theses should be suggestions which will enable MAG to work with the Board to “make table tennis in England better”. How will MAG engage with the table tennis community? Effective engagement is a key role for MAG. A range of engagement mechanisms are envisaged: The Terms of Reference envisage MAG setting up sub-groups representing key groups – leagues & counties, clubs, coaches, umpires Informal but regular contact with the membership through existing mechanisms such as National Conference and Regional Meetings Having a visible presence at events and competitions – giving grass-roots members the chance for an informal discussion with members of MAG Project-specific engagement using social media and other methods for data collection and seeking different perspectives A MAG webpage has been set up on the Table Tennis England website, so that all members can be updated regularly on MAG’s activities: Click here to visit the MAG webpage How will MAG undertake its role? At its first meeting, MAG agreed to adopt a “project-based” approach to its role. Some topics to be considered by MAG will be suggested by the Board, some by MAG members themselves and some from the wider table tennis community. MAG will work on some projects as one big team. However, for many projects, work will be carried out by small sub-teams or individuals as appropriate and depending on the skill set required. MAG plans to do as much of its work on-line/virtually as is practicable. This will minimise the running costs of MAG. Each year, MAG will issue an Annual Report to the Table Tennis England membership on the work it has undertaken and its interaction with the Board. Background Information FAQ Why was MAG created? The formation of a Members Advisory Group (MAG) was the main recommendation of the Independent Review Panel of Governance within Table Tennis England (TTE) to improve Governance within TTE. The final report of the IRP is available here: IRP Final Report What is the role of MAG? MAG is part of the Governance structures of Table Tennis England. In particular, MAG is a source of strategic and operational advice to the Board on a broad range of issues relating to table tennis. Central to the role of MAG is improving two-way engagement between the Board and the wider table tennis community. The Board remains the final decision-making body within TTE. The advice that MAG provides to the Board is based in part on the knowledge and expertise of the individual Members. However, this advice also draws on input from the wider table tennis community or reflects the views of the table tennis community. The Board would need to provide their reasons and/or an explanation if they decide to reject MAG advice. The Terms of Reference for MAG can be found here: MAG Terms of Reference Is MAG independent of the Table Tennis England Board? Yes, although members of MAG work with the Board as ambassadors in promoting table tennis, it is independent of the Board. Members of MAG are all members of Table Tennis England. They were appointed through an open transparent application process. How were MAG appointed? Members of MAG come from all parts of the table tennis community – including players, clubs, leagues & counties, coaches, umpires, schools. The MAG Appointment Process and the MAG Job Descriptions can be found by following the links here. MAG Appointment Process MAG Job Descriptions The MAG appointments were made following interviews with 26 short-listed candidates held over four days in early February 2019. The 12 MAG members are: Craig Bryant, Kevin Buddell, Joanne Green, Neil Hurford, Brian Kean, David Maddison, Dean Nabarro, Sandy Nash, Raj Patel, Steve Pratt, Stuart Sherlock and Dan Simms. Full details of the backgrounds of members of MAG are on the Table Tennis England website: Biographical Details of MAG Members MAG expect to appoint a Chairman from within the Group at their next meeting, later this year. Members of MAG recognise the importance that is attached to the independence of MAG. Accordingly, members of MAG have fully affirmed that their approach to all issues will always be on the basis of what is in the long-term interest of table tennis. Why does this matter and how do I get involved? Improving the advice available to the Board and ensuring effective two-way engagement between the Board and the wider table tennis community will create a more effective, robust organisation that will be better placed to face the challenges of developing table tennis into the future. MAG will be developing processes to enable it to engage effectively with all the different sectors of the table tennis community – players, clubs, leagues, counties, competitions organisers, coaches, umpires, schools etc.'

Table Tennis England Annual Review published

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The Table Tennis England Annual Review 2018/19 has been published and members and interested parties now have the opportunity to ask questions ahead of the Annual Conference on June 29.
'The Table Tennis England Annual Review 2018/19 has been published and members and interested parties now have the opportunity to ask questions ahead of the Annual Conference on June 29. The Review, which can be downloaded below, covers the financial year ended March 31, 2019, alongside the 2018/19 playing season. Questions and points of accuracy can be submitted to us by filling in the online form immediately below, or by downloading the Word document at the bottom of the page and returning to help@tabletennisengland.co.uk Questions must be submitted by noon on Friday June 21. We will publish written responses on Wednesday June 26 on our website and will send them to Company Members. Attendees at the Annual Conference will have the opportunity to ask additional questions on the day. The final version of the Annual Review will be printed on June 26 and will be available at the Annual Conference/AGM. Hard copies will also be sent to: County Representative Company members (National Council) League representative Company members PremierClubs Vice-Presidents Honorary Life Members The printed version will include the results from upcoming competitions (PG Mutual U10-U13 National Championships and Junior National Cup) and any corrections arising from points of accuracy. It will also be uploaded to our website. This is the second year that Table Tennis England has given the opportunity for questions in advance of the Annual Conference. This allows our whole membership to engage and ask questions, rather than just those in attendance on the day, as well as allowing us to give a detailed, reasoned response to the wider membership rather than just a verbal response at the conference. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content. /* PLUGIN WIDE STYLES */ .nf-form-fields-required { display:none; } .nf-form-content .nf-field-element .ninja-forms-field:not(select) { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; border-color: #cccccc; color: #55595c; font-size: 1em; padding: .375em .75em; border-radius: .25em; } .nf-form-content .nf-field-container.textbox-container .nf-field-element .ninja-forms-field { background-color:#ffffff; border-width:1px; border-style:solid; border-color:#cccccc; color:#55595c; font-size:1em; padding:.375em .75em; border-radius: .25em; } .nf-form-content .nf-field-container.listselect-container .nf-field-element .ninja-forms-field { background-color:#ffffff; border-width:1px; border-style:solid; border-color:#cccccc; color:#000000; font-size:1em; padding:.375em .75em; border-radius: .25em; } .nf-form-content .nf-field-container.hr-container .nf-field-element .ninja-forms-field { background-color:#eeeeee; height:1px; width:75%; margin-top: 20px; margin-bottom: 20px; border: 0; border-top: 1px solid #eee; padding:0; } .nf-form-content .nf-field-container.number-container .nf-field-element .ninja-forms-field { background-color:#ffffff; border-width:1px; border-style:solid; border-color:#cccccc; color:#55595c; font-size:1em; padding:.375em .75em; border-radius: .25em; } .nf-form-content .nf-field-container.textarea-container .nf-field-element .ninja-forms-field { background-color:#ffffff; border-width:1px; border-style:solid; border-color:#cccccc; color:#55595c; font-size:1em; padding:.375em .75em; border-radius: .25em; } .nf-form-content .nf-field-container.submit-container .nf-field-element .ninja-forms-field { background-color:#e31937; border-width:1px; border-style:solid; color:#ffffff; font-size:1em; padding:.375em 1em; font-weight: 400; line-height: 1.5;text-align: center; white-space: nowrap; vertical-align: middle; cursor: pointer; -webkit-user-select: none; -moz-user-select: none; -ms-user-select: none; user-select: none; border-radius: .25em; } .nf-form-content .nf-field-container.submit-container .nf-field-element .ninja-forms-field:hover { background-color:#000000; } .nf-form-content .nf-field-container.listcountry-container .nf-field-element .ninja-forms-field { border-width:1px; border-style:solid; border-color:#cccccc; color:#55595c; font-size:1rem; padding:.375rem .75rem; border-radius: .25rem; }'

Elected Deputy Chairmen announced

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Following today’s election count, Table Tennis England has announced that Tony Catt, Keith ‘Charlie’ Childs and Susie Hughes have been elected to the Board.
'Following today’s election count, Table Tennis England has announced that Tony Catt, Keith ‘Charlie’ Childs and Susie Hughes have been elected to the Board. The three received the most votes of the six candidates and will take up their positions as Elected Deputy Chairmen after the AGM on June 29. Votes were cast by Company members and the results were as follows: Susie Hughes 279 Keith Childs 217 Tony Catt 209 Philip Ashleigh 202 Stephen Bertie 111 Juliet Bertie 101 The Elected Deputy Chairmen will each serve four-year terms until the 2023 AGM. They will replace the previously elected Chairman (Sandra Deaton), Deputy Chairman (Susie Hughes) and Treasurer (Keith Thomas), whose terms of office all end after the AGM on June 29. Susie Hughes therefore remains on the Board. Sandra Deaton also remains on the Board, having been appointed Chairman on a four-year term in April. Current Board member Tom Purcell’s term of office is also ending after the AGM, so the total number of Board members will remain unchanged. The new Board will be: Sandra Deaton (Chairman), Tony Catt, Keith Childs, Susie Hughes (Elected Deputy Chairmen), Sara Sutcliffe (Chief Executive), Simon Griew, Doug Livingstone, Andrew Nixon, Dee Paterson, Mark Quartermaine, Kelly Skeggs, Mike Smith.'

Chelmsford & District: Record numbers in summer league

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The 2019 Central Essex Summer Table Tennis is under way. League Organiser Ken Sheard reports more teams taking part than ever before with five adult divisions and two junior divisions.
'The 2019 Central Essex Summer Table Tennis is under way. League Organiser Ken Sheard reports more teams taking part than ever before with five adult divisions and two junior divisions. Chelmsford sides both made winning starts in division one. Chelmsford A (Rob Shrimpton and Wiktor Delimat) ran out 4-1 winners against Cold Norton A. Shrimpton dominated proceedings, beating Neil Want 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-9) and Dick Wyman 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-9). Chelmsford B also won 4-1, beating OCs B. Waseem Qureshi was undefeated whilst Peter Windley beat Mike Johnston 3-1 (8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-7). Johnston came through a real test against Charles Yeung, finally triumphing 3-2 (7-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3, 12-10). Division two produced two 3-2 results. Danbury A beat OCs D. Chris Buer led the way with a 3-0 (12-10, 11-4, 11-8) win over Mike Hayes and a 3-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-6) success against Tom Barker. Ramsden B had Paul Mullley to thank for their victory against OCs C. Mulley won a tricky five ender against Richard Baxter (13-15, 16-14.11-5, 9-11, 11-3) and suitably inspired by that victory he raced to a 3-0 (11-5, 11-8, 11-4) win over David Porter. Danbury D impressed in division three by beating Chelmsford D 5-0. Ewan Hynd from the CLICK League excelled and he beat David Parker 3-1 (11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6) and Gordon Fairchild 3-0 (11-6, 1 1-4, 11-8). David Gatheral was also undefeated although he had to pull out all the stops to get the better of Fairchild 3-2 (2-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 15-13). Danbury C also won 5-0. They overcame Cold Norton B with Dan Piggott and Eamon Hall carrying all before them. Chelmsford B began their campaign with a 4-1 win over Ramsden D in a match where four games were decided in a fifth set. Adi Kamma won twice which included a 3-2 (11-1, 11-7, 8-11, 6-11, 13-11) success against Tony Ayliffe. Galleywood B ran out 3-2 winners against Ramsden Bell House B in division four. Mark Glenister was unbeaten for Galleywod and he fought back from 2-0 down to get the better of Kevin Willis 3-2 (10-12, 11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 16-14). OCs E (Faroq Ahmed and Dave Newman) beat Galleywood A 4-1. Galleywood’s Nathan Blore and Ron Salton combined well to win the doubles 3-2 (11-9, 5-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8) after falling short in the singles. OCs F also won 4-1 against Chelmsford F. Mick Richardson remained undefeated whilst Luke Richardson downed the challenge of Sarah Austin 3-2 (11-3, 11-9, 11-13, 17-19, 11-3). OCs G made a flying start in division five. They beat ARU Rhinos 5-0. The match between Josh Peasgood and Mubarak Sulaiman was the pick of the action with Peasgood surging clear in the fifth end to win 3-2 (7-11, 12-10, 12-14, 14-12, 11-3). Chelmsford Pumas beat Danbury E 3-2 in division six. Joachin Mapes was undefeated for the Pumas and this included his marathon 3-2 (13-15, 11-8, 15-17, 11-9, 11-5) win over Jenson Davis.'

Commonwealth Championships’ squad named

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England have named a six-strong squad for the Commonwealth Championships in India next month.
'England have named a six-strong squad for the Commonwealth Championships in India next month. Sam Walker, David McBeath and Tom Jarvis will compete in the men’s competitions and Tin-Tin Ho, Denise Payet and Emily Bolton in the women’s. Five of the squad qualified by rights, meeting the requirements of the selection policy, while Bolton has been added as a wildcard. England won the silver medal in the men’s team competition at the last edition of the championships three years ago, losing out to India in the final. McBeath – who won the Fair Play Award at those Championships – and Jarvis were both part of that team, alongside Helshan Weerasinghe and Alex Ramsden. Ho also featured at the previous championships, where she lost in the singles quarter-finals to India’s Manika Batra, who went on to win singles gold at the Commonwealth Games last year. This years championships are in Cuttack from July 17 to 22.'

First look at TT Leagues app

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This is the first look at the functionality of the TT Leagues app which will be launched alongside our new league management platform next month.
'This is the first look at the functionality of the TT Leagues app which will be launched alongside our new league management platform next month. It allows for fixture management during play, so team captains can update results from the hall, and has been developed by Rocca Creative, our partners who have created TT Leagues. The below video gives an overview of the easy-to-use app. The TT Leagues project is running on time. More than 100 league administrators who have volunteered to help test the platform have been invited to sign up for a training webinar to take place on June 19. For the latest information on TT Leagues, please visit this page on our website . If you have any questions about TT Leagues, please contact Joanna.keay-blyth@tabletennisengland.co.uk'

Get kitted up for the perfect #TableTennisDay

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With Table Tennis Day just six weeks away, we have just the thing to help you plan your celebration.
'With Table Tennis Day just six weeks away, we have just the thing to help you plan your celebration. Today we release the #TableTennisDay 2019 toolkit, packed with ideas for events in clubs, schools and workplaces. Click here to download the toolkit The central aims of our annual celebration are to raise the profile of the sport and encourage more people to get involved and stay active. We’ve already heard from dozens of projects which are planning to hold an event on Thursday, July 18th – but it’s not too late to let us know of your plans. The first 100 events to register will be sent a free goody bag to help their day go with a swing – and there are still a few left for us to give away! So, click here to register and tell us about your plans. On the day, we will be giving away spot prizes on social media, so don’t forget to share pictures and videos using the hashtag #TableTennisDay for your chance to win. Table Tennis England’s main event will this year be held in Bristol and we will be revealing more details about that in the weeks ahead.'

Bouron hits gold standard – twice

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Bracknell table tennis star Lucie Bouron won her second gold medal at the ITTF Para Copa Cristina Hoffmann, winning the women’s class 2-5 team event with her Chilean partner Tamara Leonelli Leonelli.
'Bracknell table tennis star Lucie Bouron won her second gold medal at the ITTF Para Copa Cristina Hoffmann, winning the women’s class 2-5 team event with her Chilean partner Tamara Leonelli Leonelli. On the final day of competition in Cancun, Mexico there were also bronze medals for Dan Bullen and Cellan Hall (men’s class 4-5), Alex Bland and Martin Perry (men’s class 6-7), Ryan Henry and his Chilean partner Jaime Jara Hernandez (men’s class 8) and Craig Allen with his Japanese partner Hayuma Abe (men’s class 9). Bouron and Leonelli Leonelli, the class 5 Pan-American champion, began with a 2-0 win against Mayumi Ozawa from Japan and the Mexican teenager America Aguilar Alvarez followed by a 2-0 win against the Colombian partnership of the class 5 former Pan-American medallist Nelly Sanchez Alarcon and Sara Leon Darabos, the class 5 Youth Parapan Games silver medallist in 2017. After beating the class 2 Brazilians Carla Maia Limp De Azevedo and Juliana Christina Ferreira Da Silva 2-0 their final match in the round-robin event against Mexico was to decide the gold medal and having lost the doubles Leonelli Leonelli defeated class 3 Pan-American champion Edith Lopez Sigala and Bouron beat class 4 Pan-American champion Martha Verdin to win the tie 2-1. “Playing team with Tamara has been a great experience,” said Bouron, “and I’ve especially enjoyed being able to play athletes that I haven’t had the opportunity to in the past. I’m pleased with how I’ve performed out here and hope that I can take this forward into future tournaments.” Bullen and Hall beat the second Mexican team of Pan-American team bronze medallist Francisco Gonzalez Hernandez and Carlos Monroy Rincon 2-0 but were then beaten 2-0 by Wanchai Chaiwut, the class 4 world No 7 and world team bronze medallist, and Maitree Kongruang from Thailand. A 2-1 win in their final group match against British team mate Lee York and Hideaki Nagashima from Japan put them through to the semi-finals where they lost 2-1 to the Chilean partnership of Cristian Gonzalez Astete, the class 4 Pan-American champion, and Maximiliano Rodriguez Avila. “It was great playing team with Cellan,” said Bullen. “I feel that we played really well in doubles and I have put in some good performances in the singles. I am pleased to get bronze – we both played really well in the semi-final but it was not to be this time. Overall I’ve had a good tournament with lots of positives.” “I’m super-pleased that Dan and I made it out of our group and into the semi-final to obtain our first medal together as a team,” said Hall. “Through working together and supporting each other we managed to win tough matches. It has been a valuable experience that we can use and take forward to future competitions.” York and Nagashima lost 2-0 to Thailand but finished third in the group with a 2-1 win against Mexico2. Perry and Bland began with a tough match against the first Japanese team of Masachika Inoue, the class 7 world team bronze medallist, and Kazuya Kaneko, the Asian Para Games team bronze medallist, which they lost 2-1 although Perry put up a great performance to beat Inoue in the first singles. They beat the Colombians David Cucaita Vargas and Cristian Laverde Ladino 2-0 and then beat the strong Chilean team of class 6 world No 10 Matias Pino Lorca, class 6 world No 9 Cristian Dettoni and Pan-American bronze medallist Ignacio Torres Orostica 2-0 to go through to the semi-final where they lost 2-0 to the top seeds from Thailand, former class 6 Paralympic champion Rungroj Thainiyom and class 7 world team silver medallist Chalermpong Punpoo. “I’m really happy with that win against Inoue,” said Perry. “To play up a class and still win is a great confidence boost for the rest of the season. I’m happy to come home with two bronze medals.” “Playing the team event with Martin was a first for us,” said Bland, “and to cap the tournament off with a bronze medal was a good achievement despite the fact that I have not played my best table tennis out here. I would like to thank Martin – it’s been a pleasure playing the team event with him, getting a good doubles win against Chile and for him personally getting a great win against Inoue.” Henry and Jara Hernandez, the Pan-American silver medallist, lost their first match to US Open champion Ian Kent and Pan-American team gold medallist Curtis Caron from Canada 2-1 but a 2-1 win against Ecuador – Pan American team medallists Paul Polo Astudillo and David Vasquez Corral together with 2017 Youth Parapan Games silver medallist Gabriel Salazar Perez – kept their medal hopes alive. They lost 2-0 to the Asian Para Games team bronze medallist Takumi Shukunobe and US Open bronze medallist Hiromi Sato from Japan but secured the bronze medal with a 2-0 win against Costa Rica, Henry beating the class 8 singles gold medallist and Pan-American champion Steven Roman Chinchilla in the first singles match. “I’m happy to win a bronze in the team event,” said Henry. “It’s been a good competition for me overall with some good wins in the singles and team events. I’m looking forward to working hard back home towards my next international competition.” Allen and Abe, the class 9 2018 Copa Tango champion, lost 2-0 to the Chilean partnership of Manuel Echaveguren Farias and Gustavo Castro Serrano, who had taken gold and silver in the men’s class 10 singles yesterday, but went through to the semi-finals with a 2-0 win against Genaro Rojas Bernal and Enrique Preza from Mexico. They had to settle for the bronze after a 2-0 loss to the top seeds from Japan, class 9 World Championships bronze medallist Koyo Iwabuchi and Takuya Nakajima. “I was pleased to get a bronze medal with Hayuma,” said Allen. “We played together in Spain earlier this year so we understood more about each other’s game. It’s a real privilege to represent Great Britain and I am grateful to all the coaches in the UK who help me to constantly improve.” Noel Thomas and his class 3 partner Carlos Torres Araya from Chile were very unlucky to go out of men’s class 2-3 after beating the top seeds and Rio Paralympic team bronze medallists Yuttajak Glinbanchuen and Anurak Laowong from Thailand 2-0. A 2-0 loss to Alejandro Gomez Loaiza, the class 3 Youth Parapan Games champion in 2017, and Luis Valencia Henao, the class 3 Pan-American team bronze medallist, from Colombia, who were then beaten 2-0 by Thailand, meant that the group was decided on countback which left York and Torres Araya in third place.'

Bardsley shortlisted for TASS award

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Charlotte Bardsley could follow in the footsteps of England team-mate Maria Tsaptsinos and win a TASS Stars Award.
'Charlotte Bardsley could follow in the footsteps of England team-mate Maria Tsaptsinos and win a TASS Stars Award. TASS – the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme – is a Sport England funded initiative which helps athletes in education and aged 16-plus to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two. Bardsley is one of 15 TASS-supported athletes from a range of sports to be shortlisted from scores of nominations in five categories. The 16-year-old from Stourbridge is in the running for the Athlete of the Year category, awarded to a TASS athlete in recognition of their outstanding achievement this year in their sport and/or study. Bardsley, who made a winning debut for England senior team against Greece in November, is up against two rising stars of netball on the shortlist of three – Amy Carter and Razia Quashie. Tsaptsinos, who last year won the TASS Star of the Year award, is this year on the judging panel alongside the likes of triple jump world record holder, Jonathan Edwards and Olympic medallist in modern pentathon, Samantha Murray. All 15 finalists are invited to join senior representatives from the TASS network to celebrate their achievements at the TASS 15th Anniversary Reception on Wednesday June 26, where the winners will be revealed and presented with a TASS Stars Awards prize. TASS National Director, Guy Taylor said: “Since TASS was launched in 2004, we’ve supported hundreds of incredible athletes each year – and 2019 is no exception. “Once more, the TASS Stars Awards aims to recognise athletes who are not only outstanding sportspeople, but have also accomplished something great in their pursuits alongside sport. “In our milestone 15th year, we hope to highlight the achievements of those athletes who continue to prove that sport and study can be a winning combination.”'

Bouron strikes gold in Mexico

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Gold for Lucie Bouron in the women’s class 2-3 singles event was one of five medals won by the British Para Table Tennis squad in the Para Copa Cristina Hoffmann in Cancun, Mexico.
'Gold for Lucie Bouron in the women’s class 2-3 singles event was one of five medals won by the British Para Table Tennis squad in the Para Copa Cristina Hoffmann in Cancun, Mexico. Dan Bullen took silver in men’s class 5 and there were bronze medals for Cellan Hall (men’s class 5), Martin Perry (men’s class 6) and Noel Thomas (men’s class 2). In her first match Bouron fought back from 2-1 down to beat Carla Maia Limp De Azevedo, the class 2 former Pan-American medallist from Brazil, 3-2 and followed that with a more comfortable 3-0 win against another Brazilian Juliana Christina Ferreira Da Silva. She lost the first set against the class 3 world No 12 Edith Sigala Lopez from Mexico 12-10 but came back to beat the Pan-American champion 3-1 and secured the gold with a 3-1 win against Mayumi Ozawa from Japan in her final match in the round-robin event. “I’m really pleased to win gold,” said 24 year old Bouron from Bracknell, who was winning her second international title after taking gold in Belgium in 2017. “I’ve had some good wins along the way and it’s great to see areas I’ve been working on in training being implemented in my matches. I’m hoping to carry this forward now into the team event.” Men’s class 5 produced an all-British semi-final when Bullen and Hall both progressed from their groups. Hall lost his first match 3-0 to the former Asian Championships team medallist Maitree Kongruang from Thailand but then came through in five sets against Leonardo Garcia Vazquez, taking the deciding set 11-3 after the Colombian had levelled at 2-2. Bullen also battled his way into the knockout stages with a 3-2 win against another Colombian Hector Castaneda Ossa, taking the fifth set 11-4 after Castaneda Ossa had edged a close fourth set 12-10, and topped his group with a 3-0 win against Dennis La Rose from Trinidad & Tobago. Englishman Bullen beat Welshman Hall 3-0 (9, 11, 3) in the semi-final to go through to the final against Kongruang and performed well against the more experienced player from Thailand despite a 3-1 loss. “This has been a great experience,” said 21 year old Bullen from St Neots, “travelling all this way and dealing with the heat. I feel that I’ve had a good tournament so far; I topped my group and then had to play Cellan in the semi. It is never easy to play a team-mate and it was a good match. In the final I felt that I played really well and it was a close game. I’ve been working hard in training and feel it is starting to pay off and I’m looking forward to playing the team event with Cellan.” It was a first international medal for 21 year old Welsh champion Hall, from Cardiff, who said: “It’s been a great experience competing outside Europe for the first time. I have learnt a lot on and off the table while playing my singles event. I was really pleased to get through my group and into the semi-final, especially after recently finishing my last physics exam for my degree. It was great to compete against my team partner Dan in the semi-final – he was the better player on the day and deserved his place in the final. I’m looking forward to competing with him in the team event now.” Sheffield based Perry was a 3-0 winner against the former Pan-American medallist Domingo Arguello Garcia from Costa Rica and then put up a great performance to beat the 22 year old Pan-American champion and world No 10 Matias Pino Lorca from Chile 3-0. A 3-1 win against another Chilean Ignacio Torres Orostica, the 17 year old Pan-American bronze medallist, 14-12 in the fourth, took him through to the semi-finals as group winner where he came up against a third Chilean Cristian Dettoni. The world No 9 took silver in the Polish Open last week and although Perry twice came back to level the match Dettoni was just too strong in the deciding set and took the match 11-3 in the fifth. “To top your group is always nice,” said 25 year old Perry, from Paisley, “but to do so against Pino Lorca is great. He’s recently moved up to number 10 in the world and we had two great matches in Poland last week. This time I felt that I was very tactical and seemed more alert so it was good to win 3-0. “Dettoni seems to be on fire at the moment but I felt that I could beat him. The first set was very tight so I was disappointed to lose that. The sets I won I felt very much in control but in the fifth he started well and I felt I was always chasing him. I took an early timeout to try and halt his momentum and it nearly paid off. I missed the table by a fraction at 6-3 and I think if it had gone on the game could have been different. Overall I’m very pleased with my level recently and I think I’ve shown my true potential.” Thomas was beaten 3-0 by Victor Eduardo Reyes Turcio, the 24 year old Pan-American champion and 2017 US Open champion from Mexico, but progressed from his group with a 3-0 win against Gabriel Diaz De Leon from USA. In the semi-final against the Pan-American bronze medallist Luis Rodringo Bustamante Flores from Chile he lost 3-0 but can be pleased to take a bronze medal in only his second international tournament. “It’s been a tournament of ups and downs,” said 39 year old Thomas from Redcar. “I was really pleased to get my first international win against a ranked player in the group stage and make it to the semi-final but unfortunately I didn’t play my best game in the semi and lost 3-0. Overall I have to look at the positives – it’s more valuable experience gained – and come back stronger.” Ryan Henry was unlucky to lose his first group match to Ian Kent from Canada, 3-2, having led 2-1 after the Pan-American team champion and 2018 US Open champion had edged the first set 15-13. The 18 year old from Ardrossan progressed to the knockout stages with wins against Gabriel Salazar Perez, the 22 year old Youth Parapan Games silver medallist from Ecuador, 3-1, and the Pan-American silver medallist from Chile Jaime Jara Hernandez 3-0 but was beaten 3-1 in the quarter-final by Takumi Shukunobe from Japan, the 2017 US Open silver medallist. In men’s class 4 Scunthorpe’s Lee York had a difficult first match against world No 7 Wanchai Chaiwut from Thailand and the world team bronze medallist, who won gold in the Lignano Master Open in Italy earlier this year, was a 3-0 winner. Although York lost his remaining group matches to the Pan-American team bronze medallist Francisco Gonzalez Hernandez from Mexico 3-1 and the Pan-American bronze medallist Maximiliano Rodriguez Avila from Chile 3-1 he was much more competitive in both matches and is competing in only his second international tournament. Alex Bland from Rotherham had a tough group in men’s class 7 and lost 3-0 to the former world No 1 and 2004 Paralympic champion Stephane Messi from France and 3-1 to 21 year old Kosuke Hemmi from Japan, the 2017 Asian Youth Para Games team silver medallist. Bromsgrove’s Craig Allen lost his matches in the round-robin men’s class 9 singles to the 21 year old former Pan-American champion from Mexico Miguel Vazquez Can, 3-0, the 2018 Copa Tango Junior champion Hayuma Abe from Japan 3-0, Koyo Iwabuchi from Japan, the world No 5 and World Championship bronze medallist, 3-0 and Takuya Nakajima, the 2017 Thailand Open bronze medallist from Japan, 3-0. The tournament continues with the team events on Friday.'

Youngsters at the start of their umpiring journey

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Our sport is indebted to thousands of volunteers who give their time and commitment every week to ensure players can enjoy and achieve in the sport - and umpires are one of the key groups of volunteers.
'Our sport is indebted to thousands of volunteers who give their time and commitment every week to ensure players can enjoy and achieve in the sport – and umpires are one of the key groups of volunteers. As we celebrate Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7), we meet three young umpires who are just starting in the sport and are dreaming of officiating at the Commonwealth Games and other elite events. They part of a series of umpire training courses primarily launched by Table Tennis England and aimed at under-25s and females and which could open up a pathway to officiating at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and other major international events. Membership fees help fund vital programmes, including umpire and tournament officials’ training, to help safeguard the future of our sport. That’s why we say that when you buy a membership with us you become more than a player – you become part of a bigger picture. To find out how affiliation fees support you and the sport you love, click here.'

Pitchford chopped down in Hong Kong

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Liam Pitchford lost a tough match in the last 32 of the Hong Kong Open as he was beaten 4-2 by Chinese defender Ma Ta […]
'Liam Pitchford lost a tough match in the last 32 of the Hong Kong Open as he was beaten 4-2 by Chinese defender Ma Ta today. A fascinating match swung back and forth and ultimately hinged on the fifth game, which Pitchford led 8-2, 10-8 and 11-10 before losing it 13-11. The two had shared the first four games, Pitchford trailing 5-0 in the first, which he lost 11-4, but then winning the first five points of the second on his way to taking it 11-9. The next two games were won 11-8, one in favour of each athlete. After that pivotal fifth game, Ma Te opened up a 9-3 lead in the sixth and, although Pitchford fought back to 9-7 and saved one match point, Ma won it 11-8 to go through to the last 16. In the doubles, Paul Drinkhall & Sam Walker were knocked out in the last 16 in three straight by Chinese opponents Liang Jingkun & Lin Gaoyuan. Results Men’s Singles Round of 32 Ma Te (CHN) bt Liam Pitchford 4-2 (11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 13-11, 11-8) Men’s Doubles Round of 16 Liang Jingkun & Lin Gaoyuan (CHN) bt Paul Drinkhall & Sam Walker 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-5)'

Champions back to defend ELCC titles

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All four champion teams from 2018 will be back to defend their titles at the English Leagues Cup Competitions finals at Wellingborough this weekend.
'All four champion teams from 2018 will be back to defend their titles at the English Leagues Cup Competitions finals at Wellingborough this weekend. Plymouth will be aiming to retain the two trophies for male players – the Wilmott Cup for Seniors and the Carter Cup for Juniors – but with mostly new personnel and no return for Josh Millman, who was in both winning line-ups last season. Uther Kingdom is the constant and will again play in the Carter Cup, where his partner this time is Leon Zacharkiw. In the Wilmott Cup, it will be Paul Whiting and promising youngster Olly Cornish on duty. The two reigning champions on the female side have more familiar line-ups. In the JM Rose Bowl for Seniors, Tiana Dennison and Jane Ji will again carry the hopes of Central London as they look to retain the title. In the Junior Bromfield Trophy, Loughborough are represented once again by last year’s winners Erin Green and Helena Dicken, who have since gone on to win the Cadet Girls’ Singles title at the PG Mutual National Championships. The are supplemented by the addition to the squad of Anna Green and Lucy Vernon. The ELCC is the oldest event on the domestic calendar, having begun with the Wilmott Cup in 1935. The finals will once again be played at Westfield TTC in Wellingborough, based at Weavers Leisure Centre. Spectators are welcome – the Senior events are on Saturday and the Juniors on Sunday.'

Drinkhall holds nerve to win thriller

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Paul Drinkhall picked up a superb seventh-set victory over world No 31 Masataka Morizono at the Hong Kong Open this morning, but Sam Walker has gone out.
'Paul Drinkhall picked up a superb seventh-set victory over world No 31 Masataka Morizono at the Hong Kong Open this morning. Drinkhall saved a handful of match points before prevailing 15-13 in the decider in their second preliminary round clash, a match which both players led. He next plays China’s Zheng Peifeng, ranked at No 62, who beat Liam Pitchford in the semi-finals of the Czech Open earlier this season. Sam Walker went out, however, as he was beaten in four straight by Romania’s world No 50 Ovidiu Ionescu. Drinkhall & Walker are in doubles action later today against Vildan Gadiev & Kirill Skachkov of Russia. Results Men’s Singles Preliminary round 2 Ovidiu Ionescu (ROU) bt Sam Walker 4-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-1, 11-9) Paul Drinkhall bt Masataka Morizono (JPN) 4-3 (11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 13-11, 8-11, 15-13)'

Winning starts for Paul and Sam

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Paul Drinkhall and Sam Walker won through their first matches at the Hong Kong Open overnight.
'Paul Drinkhall and Sam Walker won through their first matches at the Hong Kong Open overnight. Drinkhall was pushed to a seventh set by Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw, coming from 3-2 down to take the last two sets reasonably comfortably. Click here to watch Drinkhall v Diaw  (registration required). Drinkhall, who climbed 24 places and back into the top 100 in the world at No 90 in the latest world rankings, next plays world No 31 Masataka Morizono of Japan. Walker meanwhile recovered from losing the first two games against world No 369 Li Hon Ming of Hong Kong to post a 4-2 victory. Click here to watch Walker v Li   (registration required). Walker, who was up two places to No 86 in the rankings, will play Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu (WR 50) in the second preliminary round tomorrow. Drinkhall & Walker are also in the doubles and will start in the second preliminary round against yet-to-be-determined opponents. Liam Pitchford, who dropped one place to No 15 in the rankings, is seeded into the main draw and will be in action on Thursday. Results Men’s Singles Preliminary round 1 Sam Walker bt Li Hon Ming (HKG) 4-2 (3-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4) Paul Drinkhall bt Ibrahima Diaw (SEN) 4-3 (5-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7)'