Ashford Closed 2019



9th and 10th March 2019


Johnny Bispham retained his Men's Singles title at the Trophy Pet Foods Ashford table tennis tournament after a hard fought, tense 5 set win against 3rd seed Joe Britnell in the final.  The first two sets were shared 11-9, 9-11 before Joe seemed to seize the advantage as he dominated the 3rd game 11-5. However Bispham recovered his composure to take the fourth 11-4 and took the momentum forward to win the final game 11-7.


Bispham also retained the Mixed Doubles title in partnership with Michelle Kingsland  defeating 2nd seed Britnell and Jenny Swain in fourth sets. Bispham's weekend also saw him retain the Under 40 singles beating 14 year old Arthur Bracken in 4 games.


However all did not go to plan for Johnny. As reigning Men's Doubles champions Johnny and his father Steve lost in the first round this year to new pairing Arthur Bracken and Hrvoje Crnko. The unseeded Bracken & Crnko proved to be the pair in form as they went from strength to strength powering  through the event to reach the final against 2nd seeds Malcolm Skates and Nick Owen. In one of the most entertaining matches of the weekend Bracken and Crnko won the title in four tight sets 11-7, 11-9, 12-14, 16-14.


Michelle Kingsland dominated the Ladies events, winning her fifth Singles crown in row defeating her mother Jenny Swain in straight sets before combining with Jenny to retain the Ladies Doubles title, defeating Robertson and Michele Chapman in the final. Kingsland also won the Allocated Doubles title in combination with John Jarvis defeating Bracken and Swain in the final.


The Veteran Events (Over 40) were dominated by Malcolm Skates who retained his singles title after recovering from 2 sets down to defeat second seed Alan Provan 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 and then combined with Chris Hooper to defeat Provan and Kevin Beasley in tight 3 set final 13-11, 12-10, 11-9.



In the other senior events:

Alan Provan retained his Over 50's Singles title defeating Nick Owen 11-5, 7-11, 6-11, 11-6 11-3 in the final. Paul Waumsley retained the Over 60's Singles crown defeating Chris Hooper in the final for the second year in a row.


John Jarvis won the  Divisional Singles A event defeating Douglas Ho in the final with debutant Chris Penning defeating Jarvis to win the Divisional Singles  B title. Penning partnered Brian Cook to the Divisional Doubles title defeating Joe Morgan and Matt Hills. Charlie Richards won the Consolation Singles Event defeating Jarvis in a four game final.


The David Cue Merit Award for outstanding performance of the tournament went to John Jarvis for reaching four finals and winning two of them.


In the Junior Events:

13 year old Shem Lejarde retained the Under 17 Boy’s Singles event defeating Tom Down over four sets and also the Under 14 singles title defeating Arthur Ellison- Burrough in straight sets in the final.


Tom Down retained the Junior Double title in partnership with Luke Garvey beating George Patten and Harvey Horsley the final and sister Ella retained the Under 17 Girls Crown beating Shreya Verma in four sets.


Sam Timms won the Non-League Singles title after a hard fought 5 set win against Ella in the final and Sam also won the Non-League Doubles title with Scott Strange after a 4 set win against Ella and Shreya. The Stan Hastie Junior Award for most improved player over the season went to Leo Kingsland.


The Junior trophies were presented Life Vice-President David Cue  with  President Michael Claughton presenting the trophies for the Senior Events.


(sponsored by Trophy Kent Foods East Kent)

9th /10th March 2019


Men’s Singles:            Johnny Bispham beat Joe Britnell                   -9, 9, -5, 4. 7


Ladies Singles:           Michelle Kingsland beat Jenny Swain            8, 3, 3


Men’s Doubles:          Arthur Bracken & Hrvoje Crnko

                                                beat                                                     7, 9, -12, 14

                                    Malcolm Skates & Nick Owen          


Ladies Doubles:         Jenny Hogben & Michelle Kingsland

                                                beat                                                     4, 5, 3

                                    Michele Chapman & Heather Robertson


Mixed Doubles:         Johnny Bispham & Michelle Kingsland

                                                beat                                                     8, 4, -11, 6

                                    Joe Britnell& Jenny Swain     


Veteran Singles:        Malcolm Skates beat Alan Provan                  -9,-7, 7, 7, 9


Veteran Doubles:      Malcolm Skates & Chris Hooper

                                                beat                                                     11, 10, 9

                                    Kevin Beasley & Alan Provan                       


Under 40’s Singles:   Johnny Bispham beat Arthur Bracken            7, -9, 6, 2


Over 50's Singles:      Alan Provan beat Nick Owen                         5, -7, -6, 6, 3


Over 60’s Singles:      Paul Waumsley beat Chris Hooper                 2, 3, 12           


Allocated Doubles:    Michelle Kingsland & John Jarvis

                                                beat                                                     6, 5, 4

                                    Arthur Bracken & Jenny Swain                     


Consolation Singles:  Charlie Richards beat John Jarvis                   -10, 10, 6, 11


Div. Singles A:           John Jarvis beat Douglas Ho                           5, 6, 5


Div. Singles B:           Chris Penning beat John Jarvis                       5, -9, 4, 8                                


Div. Doubles:             Chris Penning & Brian Cook

                                                beat                                                     5, 2, -9, 6

                                    Joe Morgan & Matt Hills                   


David Cue Merit Award:     John Jarvis

(for outstanding performance of the Tournament)


Under 17 Boys Singles: Shem Lejarde beat Tom Down                   7, -10, 7, 6


Under 17 Girls Singles: Ella Down beat Shreya Verma                   4, 5,-9, 8


Under 14 Singles:      Shem Lejarde beat Arthur Ellison-Burrough  1, 4, 6


Junior Doubles:           Tom Down & Luke Garvey

                                                beat                                                     4, 8, 5

                                    George Patten & Harvey Horsley                           


Non-League Junior Singles: Sam Timms beat Ella Down              9, 6, 10, -8, 7              


Non-League Junior Doubles:  Sam Timms & Scott Strange                                  

                                                            beat                                         6, 4, -12, 12

                                                Ella Down & Shreya Verma                       



Stan Hastie Junior Award:  Leo Kingsland

(most improved junior player this season)

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