Burymead B bid­ding to ex­tend dom­i­nance

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THE bat­tle for the Guild­ford Ta­ble Ten­nis League premier di­vi­sion ti­tle will see Burymead B go­ing for their 11th cham­pi­onship in 12 years, writes John Diggens.

But the hold­ers will be with­out men’s sin­gles cham­pion Chris Bush and their chief ri­vals, Go­dalm­ing, will seek the crown they only missed out on last year on a count­back.

Also in the mix are Mer­row while newly-pro­moted Cody and Chal­loner have a chal­leng­ing sea­son ahead.

In the first di­vi­sion, tre­ble win­ners Go­dalm­ing D – who won the sec­ond di­vi­sion, Lewis Cup and the Hand­i­cap Cup – are strong con­tenders.

The sec­ond di­vi­sion sees three Bramley sides com­pet­ing as the club cel­e­brate 75 years in the league with Bramley B a good bet over their C and D teams.

The C team clinched the third di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship last year in a play-off against Go­dalm­ing F af­ter both sides fin­ished level on points.

Mean­while, na­tion­al­lyranked ju­nior Danielle Kelly will not be a reg­u­lar for Go­dalm­ing but sis­ter Estelle will be play­ing with her fa­ther Chris in the third di­vi­sion.

This year Go­dalm­ing will be field­ing an un­prece­dented 15 teams.

Six-time Guild­ford men’s sin­gles cham­pion Ramesh Bhalla, took the over-80s Euro­pean men’s sin­gles ti­tle at the Euro­pean Veter­ans Cham­pi­onship, held in Hels­ing­borg, Swe­den.

In the fi­nal, Bhalla met num­ber one seed Kai Mari­maa, from Fin­land, de­fend­ing the ti­tle he had won in last year’s cham­pi­onships, but the Guild­ford chal­lenger tri­umphed in style, 3-1.

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