Busy time for tour­na­ments

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Dum­fries Ta­ble Ten­nis Club mem­bers have been out and about since Septem­ber, play­ing in sev­eral of the new sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tions.

The first of th­ese was the North Ayr­shire Open at St Matthew’s Academy, Salt­coats, at the be­gi­inig of Septem­ber.

Danny Ba­jwa was the club’s most suc­cess­ful en­trant reach­ing the semi-fi­nals of the men’s sin­gles and the men’s dou­bles.

He lost the for­mer to Stir­ling­shire’s fi­nal­ist Ste­wart Craw­ford, a for­mer in­ter­na­tional player, and, with part­ner John Han­nah (Ed/Dundee), the lat­ter to win­ners Chris Main (North Ayr­shire) and Gerry Camp­bell (Stir­ling­shire).

Danny also claimed the ju­nior boys’ sin­gles ti­tle, beat­ing Char­lie Mor­ton in the fi­nal, and, with Josh Orr, reached the semi-fi­nal of the open ju­nior dou­bles.

Josh recorded the only other re­sult of note by reach­ing the semi-fi­nal of the band five event but it was good to see that an­other five club play­ers also com­peted.

Next Danny and Josh en­tered the Ed­in­burgh League’s Un­der-18 Assess­ment at Bath­gate Academy on Septem­ber 29. Top seeded Danny sailed through group one and then faced his clos­est ri­val, Martin John­son (North Ayr­shire), in the sec­ond round play-off for places 1-7.

In the event he de­feated Martin 3/0, over­com­ing greater chal­lenges from the Bokedal broth­ers, Josef and Elias, each of whom won a set from him. Danny was a clear win­ner with six vic­to­ries. Mean­while Josh, sec­ond in his first round group, played for places 8-14, where he fin­ished fifth out of seven, 12th over­all.

Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13 brought the first round of the 2018/19 Scot­tish Na­tional League. Un­for­tu­nately it clashed with the first week­end of the Bri­tish League, so many Scot­tish League teams had to rely on sub­sti­tutes. Dum­fries play­ers Keir Mor­ton and Danny Ba­jwa were away in Eng­land, with Drum­chapel and North Ayr­shire re­spec­tively.

Di­vi­sion 1: Dum­fries A there­fore fielded Dy­lan De Silva with two bor­rowed play­ers, Tanuj Kohli (Stir­ling) and Colin Green (Galashiels). Dy­lan was their only win­ner in the open­ing match with South Ayr­shire A. Things im­proved in the sec­ond match, against Drum­chapel A, when Colin and Dy­lan both de­feated the young Alisa Khalid. Their best re­sult came against North Ayr­shire B, when Dy­lan earned two 3/0 wins, and the ac­co­lade of Player of the match, on the way to a 6/0 vic­tory.

Di­vi­sion 4: Here Dum­fries B had four home-grown play­ers, Gor­don Duff, Josh Orr, Ca­trin Ace and Kenny Lee. Gor­don won their sole point against Brunswick B when he beat Derek Pater­son 3/1. Kenny re­placed Ca­trin in the match with North Ayr­shire D. Gor­don and Josh both won two ties and Kenny beat Naomi Provan 3/2 but lost to Holly McNa­mara 1/3. Josh was player of the match in this en­counter. How­ever, the third match brought a sec­ond 1/5 de­feat at the hands of Nuffield Health Mil­ngavie. Josh re­cov­ered from a 1/2 deficit to beat Jonathan Fletcher 3/2 for their only point.

The third tour­na­ment, the Perth Grand Prix, took place on Oc­to­ber 14. As the only Dum­fries en­trant, Kenny Lee proved his stamina; although he did not progress beyond his men’s or band 1 groups he pushed Welsh player Rashad Al-Dahiri to a fifth set.

Danny Ba­jwa In ac­tion at the Ed­in­burgh TT League Un­der-18 Assess­ment. Pic­tures cour­tesy of Anna Porsch and Gor­don Muir.

Full stretch Josh Orr bat­tling hard at the Ed­in­burgh TT League Un­der-18 Assess­ment.

Win­ner Danny Ba­jwa at the Ed­in­burgh TT League Un­der-18 Assess­ment, pic­tured re­ceiv­ing his prize from Lind­say Muir.

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