Four finals each for busy pair

Joseph Bulmer

KEITH Le Milliere and Michael Sussex each featured in four of the finals at the North Devon Table Tennis League’s finals night competitions, but each had to be satisfied with one winners trophy.

Sussex gained his win in the team handicap singles competition while Le Milliere partnered Peter Kneil to victory in the open doubles event against Sussex and Alan Briggs.

Briggs, who is in his 70th year, sprang one of the surprises of the evening when he beat Le Millier in a five set thriller in the Supervets (O55s) final.

There was also a shock in the Division 2 singles final when Robin Gale, unbeaten all season, saw a 2-1 set advantage disappear as Malcolm Overson came back to win 3-2.

The blue ribbon event of the evening, the open singles, was a cat and mouse affair between Le Milliere and odds-on favourite Kevin Taylor, who also had to come from behind to snatch victory 3-2.

Gus Maitland Trophy (team handicap singles ): Michael Sussex bt Alan Pemberton 2-21, 21-18 21-18.

Supervets (O55): Alan Briggs bt Keith Le Milliere 11-7, 2-11, 7-11, 13-11, 15-13.

Handicap open: Tony Clarke Grenfell bt Michael Sussex 18-21, 21-16, 21-13.

Handicap veterans: Alan Pemberton bt Keith Le Milliere 21-11, 21-11.

Open veterans: Kevin Taylor bt Michael Sussex 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6.

Division 2 doubles: Sue Overton and Tony Whatley bt Malcolm Overson and Steve Hilsdon 11-7, 17-15, 6-11, 14-12.

Open doubles: Peter Kneil andKeith Le Milliere bt Michael Sussex and Alan Briggs 11-4, 11-9, 11-6.

Division 2 singles: Malcolm Overson bt Robin Gale 11-8, 3-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-6.

Open singles: Kevin Taylor bt Keith Le Milliere 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-2,11-7