Table tennis: Big turnout for Diss Open Championships

Diss & District Table Tennis Open Championships took place at Hartismere High School in Eye and was well attended with 33 people taking part after three late withdrawals, in a total of 10 events.

This was one of the best Championships the league has held in recent years, being very well attended by the best players.

Open singles winner was John Monk, with Stuart Gibb the runner-up. With a good entry totalling 20 players, this seeded event eventually produced the final of the day.

Quarter-finals: Stuart Gibb beat Kevin Gray 11-7, 11-2, 11-3; Jason Evans beat Steve Pendle 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6; John Monk beat Frances Webb 11-8, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8; Dan Gigli beat Ian Brown 5-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5.

Semi-finals: John Monk beat Jason Evans 15-13, 11-7, 11-8; Stuart Gibb beat Dan Gigli 11-7, 11-3, 11-4.

The final was one of the best to grace the championships. It went to five sets, with Monk winning the first two 11-7, 11-6. Gibb came back taking the next two 11-7, 11-9 before Monk came out on top in the fifth set to win 11-8.

Handicap singles winner was Francis Webb, who beat Kevin Gray.

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James Skilleter and Ian Brown won the Open Doubles, beating Francis Webb and Steve Pendle in straight sets.

Division One singles winner was Kit Marsden, who beat David Leeder.

The Division One Doubles title went to John Williams and Kit Marsden, who beat Phil Taylor and Tim Clarke.

Only four doubles entered the event but there were some close encounters – but the winning pair were unbeaten on the day and deserved their victory.

The Under 14 singles title went to Richard Chenery-Woods, with Nathaniel Strange runner-up.

Over 18/under 40 singles winner Jason Evans with runner-up James Skilleter.

After coming through a tight semi-final against Dan Gigli, which Jason won in the fifth set 11-7. Jason went on to take this quality final against James in three straight sets 11-7, 13-11, 11-8.

Over 40s singles winner was John Monk, who beat Steve Pendle.

Pendle had an exhausting encounter in the semi-final against Kevin Gray, which he finally won 18-20, 11-8, 11-9, 13-15, 11-9.

Monk had beaten Trevor Cottee in four relatively untroubled sets, although Cottee had taken one set 11-9.

Monk came out on top 11-6, 11-8, 11- 7 to claim his second title of the day.

Over 50s singles winner was Stuart Gibb, who beat Francis Webb – both of whom had relatively untroubled routes to the final.

Gibb won the final 11-9, 11-2, 9-11, 11-3.

The Over 60s singles was won by Stuart Langridge, who beat Ian Brown in the final, a classic match of defence and attack. Brown produced his well-known defensive play and Langridge got into his attacking game.

Langridge proved too good, running out the winner by 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5.