Ta­ble ten­nis fu­ture looks bright with new ju­nior sec­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

YET more in­ter­na­tional stars could be cre­ated when a new ju­nior sec­tion for the Chal­fonts Ta­ble Ten­nis League starts up next month.

The launch of the sec­tion was marked by a train­ing ses­sion held jointly by Den­ham Vil­lage’s Richard Cot­tle and Chal­font St Pe­ter Academy’s John Un­der­wood, who have helped feed young tal­ent into the league, re­gional events and na­tional events.

Two such former pupils of the Academy are Shae Thakker, ranked num­ber 14 in Eng­land and who has just re­turned from rep­re­sent­ing Great Bri­tain in the BTTAD Cham­pi­onships in Bel­gium, and Jemma Walker, who is ranked at num­ber 15.

Both Chal­font St Pe­ter Academy and Den­ham Vil­lage will be en­ter­ing teams when the ju­nior sec­tion gets un­der way, and it is hoped that the new ven­ture will help de­velop fur­ther fu­ture stars of the game.

Mean­while, in the se­nior sec­tion of the league, Den­ham Vil­lage A ex­tended their lead at the top of Di­vi­sion One with a com­fort­able 10-0 win against Chal­font Com­mu­nity Cen­tre A, mak­ing it five wins out of five and tak­ing them to 44 points.

Chal­font Com­mu­nity Cen­tre D went to the top of Di­vi­sion Two with a 6-4 win over Den­ham Vil­lage E, in which Im­ran Soomro tri­umphed in all his matches. They are just one point ahead of Hilling­don A, who have a game in hand and who beat Chal­font Com­mu­nity Cen­tre B 7-3 thanks to Lee Clark’s clean sweep.

The fi­nal match in the di­vi­sion was a tight en­counter be­tween Rick­mansworth B and Den­ham Vil­lage F, which re­sulted in a 6-4 win for Rick­mansworth.

In Di­vi­sion Three, the lead­ers con­tinue to dom­i­nate fol­low­ing an­other solid win, 7-3, against Rick­mansworth, de­spite a player of the match dis­play from Rick­mansworth’s Paul Langston, who has an im­pres­sive five wins from his last six matches.

Else­where, the new­com­ers of St Josephs were chal­lenged by the young­sters of Den­ham Vil­lage J, and a Den­ham vic­tory was helped by a clean sweep for 10-year-old Sonny Dal­ston, who even beat his own dad, Mickey Dal­ston, who was rep­re­sent­ing St Josephs.

Den­ham ta­ble ten­nis star Shae Thakker

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