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Norman Booth Centre, Elderfield, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Harlow, CM17 0EY. Tel: 01279 438199


18 Nov 2009

The third BATTS One Star Open Tournament was held at the home of BATTS Table Tennis Club, the Norman Booth Centre, Old Harlow on the 14/15 November.
In all events where there were enough entries, every player proceeded from the Group Stages into the Main or Consolation event KO stages.
On a stormy morning, with tornados reported in the County, and a length of the nearby M25 closed by an accident, the event started with the Under 18 Boys and Girls events, and all the late arrivals were accommodated.
In the Boys event from 44 entries, number two seed Brandon Crouchman lost his quarter final, 8 in the fifth, after leading two sets to one, and in the same half, Luke Walsh had a titanic battle with Kent’s Aaron Smith, finally winning -10, -9, 5, 3, 8. In the other half, Anthony Kent and Tom Baines both progressed 3-1 to the semi final over their younger opponents, Scott Dowsett and James Denyer respectively. Both semi finals were won 3-0 by Anthony and Luke, and Anthony went on to win the final 2, 5, 9.
In the Girls event Natasha Walsh beat Estelle Purkis 9, 4, 5 in the final.
There were 30 entries in the Under 13 Boys event. The top two seeds both progressed to the final, with Daniel Wright defeating Oliver Gunns 3-0, and Vincent Stacey defeating Bradley Osborne, similarly 3-0, in the semis. A determined Vincent won 3, 8, 7 in the final. The Girls event was a round robin of five; the match between Lara Esquivel and Eda Emel Aydin being the decider, 8 in the fifth, in Lara’s favour.
Sunday started with the Under 11 events. Two Groups of seven were reduced to Groups of five, with two players in each Group failing to arrive. In the final, Sussex’s Kieran Gray, runner up in his Group, defeated Middlesex’s Luke Holder, third in the same Group, -3, -9, 4, 9, 5. Both Group Winners, Michael Houghton and Ethan Walsh, lost in the semi-finals. The Under 11 Girls round robin of five was won on countback by Jane Li over Stephanie Cross.
There were 56 entries for the Under 15 Boys event, and with several boys not turning up to play, a further four players were accommodated on the afternoon. The third and fourth seeds failed to make the quarter finals, George Heath, Surrey, being defeated by Bedfordshire’s Isaac Beevor 7, 11, -8, -12, 9 and Hertfordshire’s Charlie Baines losing 7, 10, 9 to Essex’s Scott Dowsett. In the semi finals Luke Walsh had a comfortable 8, 11, 4 win over Scott, but Isaac had a mammoth battle with Essex’s number one seed Brandon Crouchman, Brandon saving three match points in the fifth before succumbing 8, -8, 3, -11, 9. In the final Luke took the first 11-8, but Isaac hit back to take the next three 5, 7, 9.
With two players scratching through illness, the girls opted to play their Under 15 event as a round robin of seven rather than two Groups. Surrey’s Lucy Lou comfortably won the round robin, only Essex’s Ella Patel being able to take a set off her and Ella went on to become runner up, a 5, -12, 9, -6, 6 win over Estelle Purkis securing the position.
Under 18 Boys:  Vincent Stacey (Mi) bt Mustafa Mohamed (Mi) 11-4, 11-5, 11-2.
Under 18 Girls:  Lucy Collier (E) bt Alice McGahon (E) 8-11, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 14-12.
Under 13 Boys:  Navdeep Panesar (E) bt Beau Dunman (Mi) 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 14-16,14-12.
Under 11 Boys:  Abraham Atter (E) bt Jeremy Zolnai-Lucas (He) 11-6, 11-3, 11-9.
Under 15 Boys:  James Denyer (E) Bt Lusano Kusiluka (Sy) 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.
Under 15 Girls:  Emily Godfrey (E) bt Nicole Ferrera (Sy) 11-0, 11-9, 11-3
Arthur C. Clark
Essex Junior Match Secretary