max temp: 22°C

min temp: 10°C


Gray shows his class on way to Britannia Top 16 table tennis title

PUBLISHED: 12:55 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:55 02 January 2018

Steven Gray, left, won the Britannia Top 16 table tennis title. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Steven Gray, left, won the Britannia Top 16 table tennis title. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


Players from around the region travelled to the Britannia Table Tennis Club in Ipswich for this season’s Britannia East Anglian Top 16 invitation table tennis tournament.

Gary Young, left, was runner-up in the Britannia Top 16 table tennis tournament. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Gary Young, left, was runner-up in the Britannia Top 16 table tennis tournament. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

And Steven Gray showed his class to take the title, after players had won through four groups, with the top two from each going on to compete in the top band.

In group one there were no seeding upsets as Andrew Warner and Andrew Holmes both beat Antonio Beckles and Jack Perkins, with Warner winning 3-0 in their encounter to come top.

In group two, likewise, the seedings went to form as Gary Young came top with Lee McHugh second, while Keiran Bean beat Kelly Yuenyongpknan for third.

But in group three, Chris Rees Croft caused a big upset by beating Mathew Currant 11-9 in the fifth set. Currant had a real go in his match with number three Gray to try and qualify, losing in four sets, and in the match to determine the group winner Gray overcame Croft 3-0.

In group four another upset was sprung when Ipswich’s Derek Bloomfield beat Daniel Young 3-1 to finish second, as Andrew Dosher topped the group.

In the quarter-finals Warner beat McHugh in straight sets, as did Gray against Derek Bloomfield. Holmes took a leg off Dosher and Young beat Rees Croft 3-0.

In the first semi-final, Gray showed all-round class in taking out Warner, coming from a set down using excellent serves and follow up loop drives, as Warner was stretched at times to compete in the second and third sets.

In the second semi, Dosher let a good lead slip in game one against Young, in what was generally an entertaining game, which went the way of Young 3-1.

The final ebbed and flowed as Young just edged a tight opening set but was left in awe at times by Gray’s class which took him into a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth set it was Young’s turn to show his class as he ran away with it.

From a spectator point the fifth set was disappointing because Gray went 4-0 up and even a time-out from Young couldn’t halt the flow as he was relentless on his way to victory.

Former Lincoln City defender Bradley Wood has been banned from football and all football activity for six years following an FA investigation into ‘unusual bets’ placed on Ipswich Town’s FA Cup replay defeat at Sincil Bank last season.

Gerard Nash believes Mick McCarthy would have got Ipswich Town in the top six this season had he had a fully fit squad to select from – but admits it’s time for everybody to move on.

Bersant Celina is back in the Ipswich Town squad to face Aston Villa this weekend while there could also be a Portman Road bow for young defender Chris Smith.

Ipswich Town are not going up and not going down but the Blues can still impact the promotion race and the relegation battle.

Ipswich Town’s final game of the season against Middlesbrough has been designated ‘78 Day’ as the club honour the FA Cup-winning side of 40 years ago.

There is a clear favourite among Ipswich Town fans when it comes to who should be the club’s next manager.

The next Ipswich Town manager will have decisions to make regarding a number of players this summer. ANDY WARREN looks at the players with most to gain.

Ipswich Town are searching for just their 16th manager in their professional history. So who do you think should replace Mick McCarthy?

As Ipswich Town search for just their 16th manager in their professional history, ANDY WARREN looks at the big challenges facing the next man in at Portman Road.

Mark Warburton’s style of play, dedication and man management skills would make him a ‘good fit’ for Ipswich Town, according to former Blues striker Nicky Forster.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24