The Finals night of the Championships took place on Sat Night at The Jubilee Centre Kintbury and was well attended from players from the past and current members.and even the Mayor was there.
First Semi Final was between Sam Ricks Ashford Hill seeded 1 and Andy Barnes Thatcham seeded three
There were some good rallies but Ricks got through to the final by 3 sets to 1.
In the second Semi Final it was Richard Fettes (4) Woolton Hill and Patrick Garlick (2) Thatcham Garlick qualified comfortably but Fettes had to come back back from two down to defeat Antony Baker .In some attacking and defending mix Garlick emerged 3-1 winner.
In the Mixed Doubles Final it was Sam Ricks and Sue Gower both Ashford Hill who won in 4 sets over Andy Barnes and Sue Purton of Woolton Hill
In the Under 40's Final it was the only event Sam Ricks did not win having been knocked out by Teifon Chamberlain who was in turn defeated by Number 3 Seed Joseph Cornmell Thatcham who played Patrick Garlick in the final He never quite found his true form and Garlick beat him 3-1
The Ping Pong event is played with Hard Bats and Sam Ricks overcame stubborn defender John Talbot of Upton in two close ends.
The Veterans Final showed up two old rivals and it was Andy Barnes on the day who was too strong for Richard Fettes winning three straight 
The Ladies Final was an excellent match between the two top seeds Sue Gower and Sue Purton with both hitting good winners Purton just took the first but Gower came back to win the next two The fourth was Gower leading 10-7 but Purton levelled at 10 all before eventually losing 14-12
The Mens Doubles was outstanding with Sam Ricks and Patrick taking the first two sets and Andy Barnes and Richard Fettes the next two and at 9-9 in the fifth it was anybodies to win But Ricks and Garlick took the next two points and to victory.

The last event was the Mens Singles finals and this was to be the match that Sam Ricks really turned it on with some dazzling table tennis as he didn't  let Patrick Garlick settle into his game and won three straight


Images here (Thanks Jonathan Hopson)

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