Jones gets his tac­tics spot on

TOO GOOD: Mike re­tains sin­gles ti­tle with straight games win

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

MIKE JONES re­tained his Ash­ford and District Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion Closed Tour­na­ment sin­gles ti­tle with a straight games victory over Alan Provan.

Jones’ all-round spin and tac­ti­cal game proved too strong for the fourth seed, as he won the fi­nal 11-6, 11-5, 11-5.

In

the last four, the

cham­pion beat third seed Nick Owen in four games, while Provan de­feated sec­ond seed Keith Yarn­ley 12-10 in the de­cid­ing game.

Yarn­ley gained re­venge for that de­feat by beat­ing Provan in the vet­eran sin­gles fi­nal, while Owen gained re­venge on his semi-fi­nal op­po­nent, team­ing up with Malcolm Skates to de­feat Jones and Roy Coles in the men’s dou­bles fi­nal.

Owen also claimed the vet­eran’s dou­bles ti­tle, pair­ing up with Chris Hooper to beat Kevin Beasley and Provan. Hooper went on to beat Beasley in the over-60s sin­gles, be­fore los­ing the over-50s fi­nal to David Cue. Un­seeded Linda Wick­ings took the ladies crown with a four-game win over sec­ond seed Michelle Kings­land. Top seed Denise Glenis­ter sur­pris­ingly crashed out in the quar­ter-fi­nals to Jenny Hog­ben, who in turn lost to the even­tual cham­pion in the last four. Hog­ben teamed up with daugh­ter Kings­land to re­tain the ladies dou­bles 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 13-11 against Wick­ings and Ali­son Yarn­ley. Kings­land added a sec­ond ti­tle, the mixed dou­bles, com­bin­ing with Beasley against Barry Allsworth and Elaine Ty­nan. Bradley Proc­ter was in supreme form at ju­nior level, tak­ing three ti­tles.

Michelle Kings­land

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