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Number one seed plays some immense table tennis on his way to title




Number one seed Wayne Mason defended his singles crown in style at the annual Lynn Table Tennis Championships.

Mason played some immense table tennis in Sunday's showpiece at Lynnsport to beat Serafim Melo, who acknowledged the class of his opponent throughout, 11-7 11-8 11-2.

Kings Lynn Table Tennis Championships... (6933926)
Kings Lynn Table Tennis Championships... (6933926)

The unbeaten Mason and the remaining seeds all eased their way in the quarter-finals.

Mason beat Derek Kiddle, Paul Barrett beat Dale Parnell, Martyn Allen beat Keith Phillips and Serafim Melo defeated team-mate Owen Turner.

Kings Lynn Table Tennis Championships....Wayne Mason. (6933925)
Kings Lynn Table Tennis Championships....Wayne Mason. (6933925)

In the semi-final, Mason face Barrett and, in his toughest game of the day, came through to win 13-11 8-11 13-11 14-12.

Allen, who was playing with an injury, took on Melo and edged the first end 11-8 but then ran out of steam and lost the next three ends 3-11 8-11 8-11.

Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is over 60's winner Derek Kiddle.. (6929048)
Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is over 60's winner Derek Kiddle.. (6929048)

In the men's doubles, Chuck Hewitt and Mason met Craig Pack and Steve Ely in the last four and, after a tense four ends, the Hewitt/Mason partnership booked their spot in the final.

The other semi pitted team-mates Melo/Barrett against Parnell/Allen with the former pairing winning in four ends.

Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is over 50's winner Keith Phillips.. (6929046)
Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is over 50's winner Keith Phillips.. (6929046)

A titanic final went the full distance with Melo and Barrett eventually winning 8-11 6-11 11-9 11-5 11-9.

Kerry Smith eased to victory against Carol Parker in the ladies singles, only dropping one end, before the pair teamed up to defeat Eileen Peacock and youngster Chloe Ramsey 7-11 11-8 11-6 12-10 in the doubles.

Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured are junior double winners (L) Finlay Hewson and Archie Rayner.. (6929056)
Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured are junior double winners (L) Finlay Hewson and Archie Rayner.. (6929056)

Number one seeds John Blyth and Karen Hubble defended their mixed doubles crown by beating David Woolley and Carol Parker 1-5 11-4 11-2 in the final, while Steve Mason triumphed 6-11 7-11 11-5 11-7 15-13 over Blyth in the Plate (Consolation) Singles.

In the veterans, Martyn Allen beat Paul Barrett and Owen Turner defeated Derek Kiddle in the last four.

Allen took the title in the final, winning 7-11 11-6 11-2 9-11 11-7.

Kings Lynn Table Tennis Championships....Carol Parker... (6933912)
Kings Lynn Table Tennis Championships....Carol Parker... (6933912)

The over 60s was won by Derek Kiddle who put Keith Phillips to the sword by beating him in three straight ends.

Phillips gained revenge in the over 50s by defeating Kiddle on the way to the final, there he faced Mike Crowson and took the win 11-3 11-9 11-6.

The top four seeds reached the semi-finals of the Division One title.

Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is U15's singles champion Max Smith.. (6929071)
Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is U15's singles champion Max Smith.. (6929071)

Number one seed seed Finlay Hewson faced previous winner Danny Vertigan and, in a close match, lost out 7-11 9-11 18-16 8-11.

Sam Kiddle made light work of Trevor Mason in the other semi before Kiddle came from two ends down to defeat Vertigan over five ends to take his first-ever title.

The junior boys title was once again won by Archie Rayner who, after a titanic tussle, defeated Hewson 11-8 in the fifth end.

Cadence Garrod and Chloe Ramsey contested the junior girls' showpiece with the extra experience of the latter seeing her take the title in three ends.

Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured are Junior Doubles Champions (L) Archie Rayner and Finlay Hewson.. (6929077)
Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured are Junior Doubles Champions (L) Archie Rayner and Finlay Hewson.. (6929077)

The Junior Doubles was won by Rayner/Hewson who took on the ever improving pairing of Adriano Domingo and Freddie Reed.

Max Smith made light work of Freddie Reed in the under-15s to take the title in three ends while the under-12s was played in a round-robin format.

The quartet of Joshua Barnes, Nolan Parker-Davey, Jak Hewitt and Charlie Hewitt all took part with Parker-Davey claiming victory ahead of Joshua Barnes.

Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is Div 1 singles champion Sam Kiddle.. (6929073)
Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is Div 1 singles champion Sam Kiddle.. (6929073)

In the handicap competitions, Rayner and Hewson gave the partnership of Andy Castleton and Danny Vertigan a 10-point head start in the doubles.

The youngsters soon caught up and Rayner and Hewson pulled ahead at the right time to take the match 42-38 in a close affair.

Rayner also claimed the singles title for his third accolade of the weekend where he saw off Dale Parnell 42-30.

Picking up individual awards at the end of the weekend were: Archie Rayner (Victor Ludordrum), Marty Allen (Graham Eastwood Award) and Adriano Domingo (Mark Pearman Award).

Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is Freddie Lowe.. (6929070)
Day One of the Table Tennis Championships at Lynnsport. Pictured is Freddie Lowe.. (6929070)


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