MASTERS INVITATION 2017

Sam Wilson stunned the field to take the title in the Northants Masters Top 6 Invitational Table Tennis Tournament.

Youngster Wilson, who played in Division 2 for CorbySmash in the Kettering and District League last season, won all five of his matches for the loss of just four ends.

The event, hosted by Westfield, started with a shock as Matt Horrocks - only playing after Nigel Metcalfe withdrew with injury - carded a first ever win over John Fuller 11-9 in the fifth.

Wilson started his day with a straightforward win over Roumen Stefanov but almost lost in the second game.

Wilson played his way to a 2-0 lead against Dan Smalley, only for Smalley to take charge and lead in the decider.

But last season's best player couldn't close out a 10-8 lead and the young Corby player reeled off four points in a row to seal the win.

Stefanov also needed five ends to beat Fuller in the round-robin event as Steve Silk got off the mark with a simple win over Horrocks.

In round three Fuller claimed his first win with a surprisingly easy 3-0 win over Smalley, who picked himself up to beat housemate and teammate Horrocks.

Wilson's win over Fuller meant any margin of victory over Horrocks would see him take a surprise title, and he didn't fail to deliver as he won 11-3, 11-8, 11-2.

Smalley stole second at the death with a 3-2 win over Stefanov, leaving Smalley narrowly ahead on count back.

Fuller finished in fourth place with Silk coming in at a disappointing fifth, with Horrocks coming sixth despite a best ever win.

Results

Winner - Sam Wilson (Corby Smash)

Runner-up - Dan Smalley (Westfield)

3rd - Roumen Stefanov

4th - John Fuller

5th - Steve Silk

6th - Matt Horricks

Mike Wildman (Tournament Organiser)

MASTERS INVITATION WINNER 2017 - SAM WILSON

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