Steely BRC nail crown
Seven straight titles for Dowell
MARK DOWELL recorded his seventh consecutive national title when he captured the men’s title as the 2017 Barbados Independence Invitational Games Table Tennis Championship ended Saturday night at the Table Tennis Centre, Nursery Drive.
Janae Lewis retained the women’s title to further enhance her rapidly growing reputation.
There could be more hardware for both players when the annual national championships conclude at the same venue next weekend.
Both Dowell and Lewis won the inaugural event last year and embraced the opportunity to repeat at the games that are again being hosted by the Barbados Olympic Association, which staged them last year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Independence.
Dowell defeated fellow national player Kristian Doughty 4-1 in an entertaining contest in front of a lively and appreciative crowd.
He took the first game at seven without too many alarms but was forced to dig deep to win the second 12-10.
Doughty went ahead 7-6 when Dowell pushed his opponent’s serve into the net. The tall, slimy-built Doughty then looped past Dowell to move ahead 8-6.
Dowell was back on even terms when he executed a slow loop that Doughty blocked off the table. The persistent Doughty drove through Dowell’s forehand to lead once more, but Dowell stood firm and took the second game.
He seemed to be cruising to a 3-0 lead when he went ahead 6-3. Amazingly, Doughty, with the help of some strong serves, scored eight unanswered points to win 11-6 and come back into the contest.
Doughty dropped the first two points of the fourth game, wasting the opportunity to serve first. A superb rally with both players away from the table excited spectators even though crowd favourite Doughty lost the point. Dowell went ahead 4-3 and never allowed his opponent to get close again as he won games four and five at six and six.
“Experience worked for me tonight. I wasn’t fully prepared. I wasn’t warm. I didn’t play the game I wanted to play and make it as entertaining as it could have been. I was a bit late and did not spend much time warming up on the table,” Dowell told NATIONSPORT.
He said he was not adversely affected by the tremendous crowd support for his opponent. He attributed to this to