05:00PM, Friday 08 March 2019
Players competed for honours across all age groups at the 70th annual Maidenhead & District Table Tennis Association last month.
The competition was held at Cippenham Table Tennis Club over the weekend of February 23-24 and there were standout displays from the likes of Gary Crick, who won the men’s veterans title and Division 1 title, and Dave Croucher, winner in the men’s singles and men’s doubles events (with Nick Sears). Crick, of Castle Hill Club, took most of the plaudits on the Saturday after dropping only one set to win the veterans’ men’s title.
He comprehensively beat Sears of Bovingdon Green Club 11-6, 11-3,
11-5 in the final.
Not content with that he went on to lift the Division 1 title, beating Elroy Hull of NWCA in straight sets in the final.
However he was taken to five sets by Sears in the semi-finals.
Tiredness got the better of Crick in the final of the handicap singles, however, as he lost to an in-form John Scott of OLOP.
Hull had more success in the drawn doubles when partnered with Dave Tant of Cippenham. They saw off the determined challenge of John Scott and Mike Collins (Old Gordonians) in the final.
The Ladies veteran event was a straight shoot-out between Louise Forster of OLOP and Elena Tant of Cippenham, with Forster coming through to win in straight sets.
Other winners on the Saturday were Chris Collins in the Division 2 Singles. He saw off Keith Hall 3-0 in the final. Ranjin Soni beat NWCA clubmate Janet Dawson to win the Division 3 singles event. Ricky Hardcastle beat Chris Collins 3-0 in the final of the Tweenies event.
If it was Crick’s day on the Saturday, Dave Croucher stole the limelight on Sunday, beating Sears in the men’s singles semi-final 3-2. In the final he faced Crick – who’d beaten Hardcastle in another five-set semi-final.
Crick took the third set but the winner was never really in doubt, as Croucher became Maidenhead champion for the first time.
Not content with that he then teamed up with Sears to claim the men’s doubles title with a straight sets win over Hardcastle and Graham Trimming (both Cippenham).
The Ladies singles saw Denise Rolfe, of Castle Hill, beat Lucie Bouron, of Cippenham, in three sets. However, Bouron, with Hardcastle, claimed revenge with a 3-0 victory over Rolfe and Crick in the mixed doubles final.
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