2016-17 Week 18 Round Up by David Sillifant
HELEN Murgatroyd enjoyed one of the best nights in the recent history of the North Cornwall Table Tennis League as she won all four competitions at the end of season championships at Budehaven Leisure Centre last Thursday night.
The Budehaven A player won the highly coveted Open Singles plus the Open Doubles, Ladies Singles and Mixed Doubles.
In total, over 25 players turned up although there were a few notable absentees.
The Open Singles is the most sought after title of the season and Murgatroyd had to do it the hard way.
After comfortably negotiating her group and a quarter-final with Andrew Ward, Murgatroyd beat tournament favourite Bob Thompson 11-9, 11-4 before beating Martin Hynes 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 in a three-set thriller to take the title.
Hynes had earlier beaten Jim Rickwood and Dave Salisbury in the knockout stages.
The Open Doubles is done on a top-to-bottom basis, meaning Division?One and Division Three players are paired together.
Murgatroyd found a useful ally in Steve Dawber.
While Dawber’s not a regular league player, he has a great knack of being able to keep the ball in play meaning Murgatroyd could play her shots.
In the semi-finals they beat the Division Two pairing of David Sillifant and Andrew Ward in straight sets before edging past Ingus Abolnieks (Helland A) and Robin Evans (Crackington B) in a three-set thriller with the final game ending 11-9.
Earlier on in the evening Murgatroyd beat North Hill D’s Hannah Luckhurst in the ladies final 11-4, 11-9.
In the mixed doubles, Salisbury and Muragtroyd proved too strong for Luckhurst and Handicap Singles champion Dominic Pipe, winning 11-2, 11-9.
The Restricted Singles (for Division Two and Division Three players) went the way of the top seed, Owen Salisbury.
Despite the tournament missing Division Two’s three best players, David Maclennan, Paul Burden and David Hughes it proved to be a cracking tournament.
Split into six groups of three, the winners of each group were then put into two pools of three with the top two going through to the semi-finals.
North Hill B’s Michael Kinger navigated his way through a tough clash with the ever-improving Nathan Jukes but couldn’t get the better of Anthony Ward and David Sillifant who went through to the semi-finals.
The other group of three saw Salisbury beat Crackington B captain Keiron Chatterjea and Andrew Ward with Chatterjea sealing the runners-up spot.
Both semi-finals were won in two sets with Salisbury edging past Sillifant 11-7, 11-8 and Ward beating Chatterjea 11-5, 11-9.
The final went the way of the youngster as 14-year-old Salisbury won the day 11-6, 11-8.
Last Wednesday, Blisland finally confirmed the Division One title with an 8-2 victory over North Hill A. North Hill finish third with Helland A taking the runners-up spot.
Meanwhile, Helland A and North Hill A square off in the Handicap Cup final tonight with the Division?One Knockout Cup final yet to be arranged.
Author: via North Cornwall Table Tennis League
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