An all-day table tennis tournament took place in Burwell Sport Centre on Sunday, where some of the region’s finest hitters completed in the Ely and District Closed Tournament.
The men’s final saw Phil Hague narrowly beaten by Nathan Stewart. In the deciding set, Hague was 5-1 down and an edge against him made it 6-1 but he then rallied. Still trailing at 9-8, he went for the big shot but did not quite pull it off. Stewart then closed off the final point with some brilliant play.
The handicap Singles was claimed by Richard Spence in an epic match against Ed Garrett-Jones. They both played exceptional Table Tennis in the preliminary rounds and, after some nervy unforced errors, the final was clinched 63-61 by Spence.
Hague won his second trophy, this time in partnership with Stewart in the drawn doubles. Their rivals, Adam Curry and Peter Xie, fought valiantly, but the gulf in class was soon apparent and the match closed off in three straight sets.
A superb backhand smash from Marc Meunier to win the last point of the deciding game of men’s doubles was a fitting way to end a tense and exciting affair. His partner, Peters Zivtins, proved a reliable companion, against the runners up duo of Kin Choi Chan and Peter Xie.
Phil Hague picked up more silverware with a 3-1 set win over Peter Xie in the Veteran’s tournament, and Michal Turecki claimed the winner’s trophy in the Regular Players Final against the ever-improving Josh Curry.
Special thanks are due to Peter Claringbold, Jannett Klinke and the Burwell Sports Centre for organising and facilitating this tournament.