Chopping wins table tennis championship singles

First published in Sport

THE Paperstation Malvern Table Tennis League held their individual championships at The Forum, Malvern Theatres.

In the absence of one of the league’s top players and last year’s champion Michael Siket, the main singles was wide open.

Wayne Chopping took full advantage, beating Nigel Foreshew fairly comfortably in three straight games in the final.

But, in his semi with Craig Preece, Chopping survived several match points, including one at deuce in the fifth game, in one of the best contests seen at the championships for some time.

Foreshew repeated last year's feat by reaching four finals, which included winning both the main and mixed doubles.

Chris Hewitt also had a good tournament, beating Foreshew in the Division One singles final and Chopping in the vets.

He was also runner-up in the main doubles final with Graham Thompson.

The Division Two competitions attracted good entries with 19 in the singles and nine pairs in the doubles.

Martin Snee and Toby Wren tended to dominate the finals. Snee beat Wren in the singles and they paired up in the doubles, losing to Richard Bennett and Simon Harrison.

In the Division Three events, 14 contested the singles and eight pairs the doubles.

Cadet Ben Meredith was the star, losing to Andy Banks after both players enjoyed the upper hand at some point.

Both players are products of the league’s coaching programme.

Meredith paired up with fellow cadet Dominic Weston to win the doubles in the fourth game against more experienced opposition.

In the supervets singles, Trevor Davies defended his title, defeating Geoff Woodward in straight games. The women's singles saw Ann Barnes retain her crown for the ninth year running.

Liz Hallam's absence meant she lost the chance of retaining the women's doubles with Barnes.

However, Barnes teamed up with junior Zoe Snee to record a comfortable win over Collette James and Jude Tyson. In the cadet singles, Weston gained a five-game victory over Meredith in a fast, open match.

Thirteen youngsters from the league’s coaching programme competed in a banded singles competition, won 11-6, 11-5 by James Glazzard against Luke Meredith.

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