Cockburn wins his first Super Series table tennis title
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There were numerous upsets, comebacks and match points saved as players from the home counties and the midlands fought to win the latest Super Series event at the Britannia Table Tennis Club in Ipswich.
Groups of three and four players played round robin to qualify for the top band early on and in group one Elroy Edwards beat higher seed Dudi Dubiner 3-1 as tournament top seed Christopher Cockburn topped the group.
The seeding upsets carried on in group two as Nottingham’s Helmuth Osbourne lost 3-0 to Norwich’s Vuong Ngo. Tournament number two and five seeds respectively Lewy Carby and Ryan Moore both beat the other group players and their match seemed to be going to seeding as Carby led 2-0 and 10-4.
However, a mammoth comeback from Moore saw him eventually take the game and match 11-9 in the decider to win the group.
Group three was the only group to have no upsets as Kieran Skeggs and Steve Gray both accounted for Essex’s Gavin Price, with Gray topping the group.
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In group four three players finished with two wins and a loss which meant it went to a count back to see which two players would go through to the top band, with Frinton’s Gary Cattermole and Ipswich’s Andrew Dosher progressing.
In the quarter-finals Cockburn overcame Skeggs 3-0, Carby saw off Cattermole 3-2, Gray accounted for Edwards 3-0, and Dosher fought back to beat Moore in a decider.
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Both semi-finals were exciting as Cockburn booked his final place with a 3-1 win over Carby, then possibly one of the matches of the day saw recent top 16 champion Gray take on Dosher. There were some spectacular rallies as Gray just did enough in the decider to get through.
Having been runner up three times this season, Cockburn was looking to go one better in the final and he gave a textbook showing as Gray – although staying in contention during the match – was always just behind in the big points.
The Norwich player emerged a 3-0 winner to take his first title.