Ping Pong star Rum­gay to miss the West of Scot­land Grand Prix

The Herald - Sport - - CRICKET -

SCOT­TISH cham­pion Gavin Rum­gay will miss this week­end’s West of Scot­land Grand Prix in Glas­gow af­ter his top-eight fin­ish at last week’s World Cham­pi­onship of Ping Pong in Lon­don.

Last year’s run­ner-up has spent two months prac­tis­ing with the tra­di­tional sand­pa­per bats in the build-up to last week­end, where he fin­ished with a cheque for $3,000.

“I’ve just been play­ing with the sand­pa­per bat and didn’t want to come up there just play­ing at 80 per cent,” the Lon­don-based player said.

“I thought I’d con­cen­trate on get­ting my ta­ble ten­nis back up to scratch as I look to win a tenth Scot­tish ti­tle in March.”

Ed­in­burgh holder Craig Howieson is seeded only fifth this week­end with China’s Xu Ruifeng top seed. Eng­land’s Ka­rina Le Fevre is top seed in the women’s sin­gles. GLAS­GOW Rocks coach Ster­ling Davis is con­fi­dent he has made the right move by bring­ing in Reg­gie Mid­dle­ton as his start­ing point guard and ditch­ing JaJuan Smith.

The for­mer Cheshire Phoenix star is slated to make his home de­but on Sun­day against Manch­ester Gi­ants. And Davis ex­pects Mid­dle­ton to help keep Rocks in the BBL play­off race.

“I think peo­ple who have fol­lowed the league know what Reg­gie can do. He will give us a dif­fer­ent look to what we pre­vi­ously had in Smith be­cause he is very much a pen­e­tra­tor and a very good fin­isher at the bas­ket as op­posed to a pre­dom­i­nantly out­side threat,” said Davis.

Fix­tures: BBL (7.30pm). New­cas­tle Ea­gles v Ply­mouth Raiders, Leeds Force v Sh­effield Sharks, Lon­don Li­ons v Bris­tol Fly­ers, Worces­ter Wolves v Sur­rey United.

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