Table Tennis for All

Norman Booth Centre, Elderfield, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Harlow, CM17 0EY. Tel: 01279 438199


11 Nov 2010

 The Halloween weekend BATTS One Star Open Tournament was held at the home of BATTS Table Tennis Club, the Norman Booth Centre, Old Harlow on 30/31 October with players from as far away as Sussex, Norfolk and Bedfordshire travelling to compete but mainly dominated from those within the M25 ring and 120 entries. In all events except one round robin Girls event every player proceeded from the Group Stages into the Main or Consolation event KO stages.

Saturday saw the staging of the Junior events starting off with the Under 16’s. With 9 Boys Groups, mostly of five players, the only seed not to win his Group was Sussex’s Daniel Pound, the No. 2 seed, losing to Surrey’s Moshood Awosilo 3-1. Thus in the other half of the draw Daniel had to play No. 1 seed Bradley Osborne in the quarter final losing 3-0. Bradley then had to face Essex compatriot James Denyer, the number 5 seed, and in a pulsating match James just won it 9 in the fifth. James had beaten No. 4 seed Zachary Bull 3-1 at the quarter final stage. In the other half No. 3 seed Raphael Lawanson had to play clubmate Moshood in the semi final eventually winning -11, 10, -9, 6, 7. The final produced a compelling climax with a large crowd supporting both players, particularly in the fifth game where James initially held two match points and thereafter both players had chances to win the match before James eventually managed to win it 16-14.

In the under 18 event with eight Groups of five players four of the seeds failed to win their Group, although one had to withdraw though illness after playing his first match. Yet again No. 2 seed Daniel Pound finished a runner up in his Group losing to Essex’s Jamal Dennison. In the knock stage he lived life on the edge, accounting for Aaron Kemp, Mitchell Jones and in the semi final No. 1 seed Bradley Osborne all in five games. Norfolk’s No. 3 seed Will Lawes also finished a runner up in his Group, losing 9 in the fifth to Suffolk’s Jack Anthony. In the other half Will accounted for No. three seed Raphael Lawanson in the quarter final and James Denyer in the semi both 3-1. In the final Daniel had to come back from 2-1 down to win in five 8, -8, -4, 9, 7. A very tired Daniel must have travelled home looking forward to the extra hour in bed.

In the Girls events there were only five entries for the Under 16 event and three for Under 18 event, two of which were entered in the U16 event. The Girls had previously agreed to allow the one under 18 Girl to play in a combined Under16/18 event so there would be a round robin group of six on the day. Unfortunately one of the girls suffered a prior injury in an accident and there were only five girls to play. Essex’s Emily Godfrey won the event with Surrey’s Nicole Ferreira the runner up

Sunday’s events started with the Under 13’s. Two of the 8 seeds failed to win their Groups. The unseeded Aaron Baksh, having beaten the No. 4 seed in his Group then reached the final following a quarter final five game win over no. 1 seed Jamie Dignum and a similar five game semi win over no. 7 seed Kleber Silva. In the other half No 5 seed Ryan Williams defeated No. 2 seed Rijul Roychoudhury 3-0 in the quarter final but lost 3-0 to No. 3 seed Thomas Windram in the semi. In the final Thomas beat Aaron 5, -9, 9, 10.

Problems with the Under 15 events were caused by the nearby M11 with some players arriving over half an hour after their scheduled start time but they were all able to compete in their events. Equally it was not known whether or not the number 2 and 4 seeds were involved with the traffic problems. Fortunately they were in opposite halves of the draw and there loss thus balanced out. With fifteen Groups of four players James Denyer continued his good form from the previous day defeating William Hall 3-0 in the quarter final and Charlie Austen 3-1 in the semi. In the other half the unseeded Omar Khassal defeated the last seed Thomas Windram in his Group and went on to reach the final with a semi final 11, -9, 10, 8 win over Musa Sharif Ali, Musa having caused the shock of the weekend with a 3-1 second round win over number one seed Bradley Osborne. In the final James managed a close 8, 9, 12 win over Omar.

In the Girls Under 13 event there were two Groups of four. No. 1 seed Lara Esquivel lost to Bedfordshire’s Rosemary Luscombe 3-1 at the Group stage but when the two girls met in the final it was Lara’s turn to win 3-0, Lara having survived a titanic semi final battle with Jane Li -10, 9, -6, 9, 10.

In the Under 15 Girls event thirteen original entries, one girl failing to turn up, one known to be injured. With one scratch entry on the day the event was started as two Groups of five and when the two girls held up on the M11 finally arrived, fortunately one in each Group, there were two Groups of six. With the original seed in her Group the injured player Jane Li won all her matches 3-0 and went on to win the semi final against Nicole Ferreira and the final against Rosemary Luscombe both 3-0. Rosemary had beaten the other Group winner Sarah Austin 3-0 in the semi final.

Under 18 Boys:  Moshood Awosilo (Sy) bt Jack Josephs (He) 7, -9, 12, 8.
Under 16 Boys:  Jack Josephs (He) bt Brandon Merrifield K) 4, 3, 6..
Under 15 Boys:  Harry Fang (Mi) bt Ethan Walsh (He) 9, 10, 8.
Under 13 Boys:  Thomas Herbert ((E) bt James Smith (K) 4, 6, 2.
Under 15 Girls:   Denise Payet (Mi) bt Cheridon Thomson -7, 8, -11, 6,7.
Under 13 Girls :  Denise Payet (Mi) bt Stephanie Cross (E) 6, -8, 10, 5.

The next BATTS 1 Star Tournament will be on the weekend of 8/9 January and Entry Forms will shortly appear on the ETTA website.

Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary