Jake first Suffolk player to win title

IN ITS tenth year, the Britannia Hanbury FP East Anglian Top 16 table tennis invitation finally produced a Suffolk winner.In particular Martin Gray, Ryan Collins, Jake Collins and Richard Hutchinson were the main candidates for the title.

IN ITS tenth year, the Britannia Hanbury FP East Anglian Top 16 table tennis invitation finally produced a Suffolk winner.

In particular Martin Gray, Ryan Collins, Jake Collins and Richard Hutchinson were the main candidates for the title.

In the group stage all eight seeds came through to the quarter-final stage and play-offs.

There were some decent group matches as Michael Wright, who beat Ryan Collins in the league recently, again made his illustrious opponent sweat a little before revenge was gained. Andy Holmes put pressure on Martin Gray before going down 3-1 and Andrew Dosher was more than relieved to see the back of Mark Lewis, scraping an 11-9 in the decider win in their encounter.


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In the first quarter-final, Martin Gray accounted for Malcolm Collins while Michael Wright almost took Jake Collins the distance having led for most of the fourth leg before going down 3-1.

Richard Hutchinson was far too sharp for Andrew Dosher while Ryan Collins beat Andy Holmes.

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In the semi-final, Jake again beat Martin Gray. Last year Martin had an injury, this year it had everything to do with the way Jake played as he turned around a deficit in the third leg to win 3-1 with some super rallying and hitting.

Ryan never looked like being troubled by Hutchinson as he ran out a 3-0 winner in their semi-final.

Before the final Richard Hutchinson, whose company Hanbury FP sponsored the event, presented Sian Cook with a most improved player prize of £20 in acknowledgment of her progress over the season.

The final was greatly anticipated, as it was a repeat of the Suffolk closed championships which Ryan won.

Jake was faster out of the blocks with attacks on both wings he won the first leg to six. In the second it was closer as Jake just held on. In the third it looked to be out of reach for Ryan as Jake led 10-7.

However, Ryan dug deep to actually hold a game point before Jake showed all the experience of a player much older to save this and eventually take the match, showing him at his best.

This was a totally deserved victory after four times being a runner-up in major domestic finals and being the first Suffolk player to hold the Top 16 title.

Scores from the Dome

Quarter finals: Martin Gray beat Malcolm Collins 3-0, Jake Collins beat Michael Wright 3-1, Richard Hutchinson beat Andrew Dosher 3-0, Ryan Collins beat Andy Holmes 3-0.

Semi finals: Jake Collins beat Martin Gray 3-1, Ryan Collins beat Richard Hutchinson 3-0.

Final: Jake Collins beat Ryan Collins 3-0.

3rd and 4th: M Gray beat R Hutchinson 3-1.

5th and 6th: A Dosher beat M Collins 3-1.

7th and 8th: M Wright beat A Holmes 3-1.

9th and 10th: K Lewis beat M Lewis 3-2.

11th and 12th: R Goodhand beat J Annal 3-0.

13th and 14th: M Freeland beat S Cooke 3-1.

15th and 16th: Bob Jennings w/o.

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