A nail-biting final of the Ely and District Table Tennis Handicap Cup was settled by a 33-31 Joe Holland victory over Michal Turecki, as the match went to right down to the wire.
Holland had started brightly in the evening, with a 3-2 set win over Jean Saunders. Turecki then pulled Ely level with a close victory over Josh Curry, before Ely’s Valerio Rizzo defeated Adam Curry. Haddenham pulled level via Josh Curry’s relatively comfortable win over Saunders. Ely took the next two rubbers, thanks to victories for Rizzo and Turecki over Holland and Adam Curry, respectively. Now the pressure was on Haddenham, who knew that they would have to win their last three ties to avoid defeat. And they did so with enormous courage and resilience, first Josh Curry defeating Rizzo in straight sets, then Adam Curry dispatching Saunders 3-1, before Holland completed the come-back in the final tie against a heart-broken Turecki.
In the end, the experience of the Haddenham side shone through, but Ely IV should be very proud of their maiden season in the competition. The match showcased some of the fine talent in the Ely district, where players of all ages, gender and ethnicities battle it out in this intricate game of speed and spin.