TOWN LEAGUE TABLE TENNIS: Graham grabs four titles in tournament

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Vidal Graham won four titles in the Northampton Table Tennis League annual tournament, including the open singles.

The victory in the main event was his first time taking the title, which also included successes in the men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and hard bat singles.

In the open event, Graham, after winning his group, beat Martin Hall in the quarter-final 
and Kestutis Ziogas in the semi-final to then play Andy Wood in the final.

On his way to the final, Wood had seen off Ben Tombs in the quarter-final and Henry Arthur in the semi-final.

Ultimately, Wood wasn’t able to put up a strong fight in the final. Graham stormed home, winning in three sets.

The ladies singles, which received few entries, was run as a group final with Anna Wilson coming out as the winner and Clem Little as runner-up. In their match, which took all five sets to be decided, Wilson beat Little 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9.

Little, the losing women’s finalist, had more success in the mixed doubles when she teamed up with open singles winner Graham.

Like the women’s singles, the mixed doubles was also run as a group final with Little and Graham beating Sue Moloney and Alan Creed. Little and Graham won 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 in the group match between the two.

Graham’s third victory in the tournament came in the men’s doubles. He teamed up with Nigel Metcalfe with the pair beating Wood and Gerald Henson in the semi final.

Moving into the final Graham and Graham beating Tombs and Jim Brogan 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 in the final. Tombs and Brogan beat Dan Smalley and Nick Howard in their semi-final.

The hard bat singles, which involves players playing with bats that have no sponge underneath the rubber, was also won by Graham, in his final victory of the tournament. He beat Metcalfe in the final 11-6, 11-5. Graham had beaten Howard and Smalley to reach the final, while Metcalfe had beaten Alan Creed and Greg Norden. Graham wasn’t able to make it five victories, however, as he lost to Guy Sparrow in the senior singles event. The competition, for those aged 18-40, saw Sparrow beat Graham 12-10, 11-6, 11-6.

The Plate Competition, for those knocked out in the early rounds of the open singles, was won by Metcalfe who beat Sparrow in the final 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-2. Metcalfe had beaten Anna Wilson, Gerald Henson and David George to reach the final, while GuySparrow had beaten Brogan, Howard and Shay Graham.

In the Mystery Doubles event David George and David Howard reached the final after beating Nick Howard and Alan Creed in the quarter-final and then Smalley and Austin Wilkinson in the semi-final. In the final they beat Wood and Shay Graham in five games 11-5, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 12-10..

In the Junior events Shay Graham, the son of Vidal, won five titles but missed out on the junior singles under 18 which was won by Tombs who beat Shay in the final 11-5, 11-4, 11-7. Shay’s titles included victories in the under 18 junior doubles, under 15 singles and doubles, boy’s under 13 singles and the under 13 doubles.