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Clean sweep in highlight of Newbury table tennis season

DAVID Barr reached four finals and completed a clean sweep at the Newbury Closed senior and junior competition at Kintbury’s Jubilee Centre over the weekend.

The event is the highlight of the Newbury table tennis calendar, and around 50 players battled it out in the various tournaments.

And it was Barr who proved to be the star of the show by winning all of his events, including defending his men’s singles title.

Thanks go to Chrissie Haines, Jeff Roger and Ian Langley for planning and running all the competitions during the two-day event.

The Junior Singles under-13 event was won by Ivan Chan with Arron Chan runner-up.

And Josh Price beat Will Appleby to win the Junior Singles under-18 title.

The Junior Doubles was won by Josh Price and Andrey Sukhov with Dylan Stowe and George Hutton runners-up.

And the adult/junior doubles went to Colin and Josh Price, who saw off Ian Wu and George Hutton in the final.

The Langley Cup for sporting endeavour was won by Wilf Seymour, who is a Woolton Hill player coached by Roger and Mary Cherowbrier.

The Ping Pong Cup – played with wooden table tennis bats finished with a thin layer of fine sandpaper meaning the player is only able to impart limited spin on the ball – saw Barr beat Ray Beeks in the final.

And the mixed doubles was won by Barr and Sue Purton, with the runners-up Tom Watmore and Beverley Moore.

Barr teamed up with Jonathan Hopson to beat Jamie Cole and James Ellicott 12-10, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 in the final of the men’s doubles.

And in the Division 1 finals, Tom Watmore beat Jack Savage in five sets.

The Division 2 title went to Simon Craig, who saw off Roger Cherowbrier in four sets.

And in the Division 3 finals, Stuart Craig beat Josh Price.

Anthony Baker claimed victory in the Vets competition for the McKenzie Cup after beating Fallon Rust.

The Super Vets was won by Tom Watmore with Ian Wu runner-up.

In the men’s singles for the Wessex Challenge Trophy, Barr successfully defended his 2023 title after seeing off a spirited Jack Savage 11-6, 11-6, 11-9.

And in the ladies singles (Slatter Challenge Cup) final, Sayali Bendkale avenged last year’s defeat by beating Sue Purton in an absorbing match 11-7, 13-11, 11-9.

The ladies doubles won by Bendkale and Beverley Moore with Purton and Celia Hooker runners-up.

Andy Jeffrey beat Phil Jones to clinch the Consolation Singles (Willis Challenge Cup), while the one-point competition was won by Beverley Moore, who scooped the entrants’ pot of £16.

Barr will be action again at the Jubilee Centre on Saturday, April 20, when he and Darren Jones take on some of the best table tennis players in the South of England in the Wilmott Cup Zonal finals.

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