Jones gets his tactics spot on
TOO GOOD: Mike retains singles title with straight games win
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.
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.