North Devon table tennis championships get under way

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Table Tennis - Credit: Archant

The North Devon Table Tennis League Championships commenced on Sunday at the Tarka Tennis Centre.

There were four major competitions: The Handicap Singles, played to a finish; and the Open Singles, Doubles and Vets played to the semi- final stage. They’ll be completed on finals night later in the season.

The Handicap Singles was won by Ernie Maud of THE VICE, who played his handicap to great effect and held his nerve by beating Martin Babulik and Callum Ackland, en route, and then Alisdair Prades, the young Four Racket International, in the final.

The Open Doubles was contested by 10 pairs, and ended up with Vim Faassen and Kevin Taylor going down to Peter Dunstan and Martin Babulik of Smugglers in the first semi- final.

In the second semi- final, Paul Laverty and Alisdair Prades suffered a similar fate at the hands of the other Smugglers duo, Mathew Thomas and Peter Hedge, making the final an all Smugglers affair.

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The Open Vets had a good entry with players from all three divisions taking part, but it will be the usual favourites Paul Laverty against Mathew Thomas and Marcus Berry against Kevin Taylor who will compete for final honours.

The Open Singles was also well contested at all levels but the end result was similar to the vets, with Marcus Berry taking on Kevin Taylor and Paul Laverty playing against Martyn Beer.

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The league would like to thank Mathew Thomas for running the event and Marcus, Kevin and all who so ably assisted.

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