TABLE TENNIS: Gary Hewitt proved to be king of the table at Lynnsport at the weekend as he won his 14th King’s Lynn & District Table Tennis Championships title.
He showed his class, beating Wayne Mason 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 in the Open final.
The ladies singles was played as a round-robin and, with Karen Hubble winning all of her games, she was declared the winner, ahead of Kerry Smith.
The men’s doubles went to form with No.1 seeds Mason and Dale Parnell seeing off Karl Brown and Richard Johnson in the final 11-9, 13-11, 11-7.
The mixed doubles final saw Karen Hubble and John Blyth overcome Mavis Hughes and Owen Turner 13-11, 11-7,
Carol Parker and Kerry Smith proved too strong for Christine Woolley and Karen Hubble in the ladies doubles final, coming out 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 winners.
One of the weekend’s best matches came in the plate singles final, where Craig Pack’s unorthodox hitting and Phil Brown’s blocking ensured a tight encounter.
In a great five-ender, Pack eventually took the title 11-7, 5-11, 16-18, 15-13, 14-12.
Revenge was sweet for Danny Vertigan in the Division One final, where he beat Jack Mason 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 in the final, having lost to the unseeded player in their group encounter.
Gary Hewitt was in fine form all afternoon on his way to winning the veterans singles title. Martyn Allen had no answer to anything he hit at him in the final, succumbing 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.
Alan Nicholls took on Steve Mason in the over 50s final and it was Nicholls’ spinny forehand top spin consistently winning points that brought him the title 11-5, 11-6, 11-9.
Nicholls also proved too strong for Alan Jones in the over 60s final, coming out on top 11-2, 11-7, 11-5.
The junior singles final saw Ross Brown take on Aaron Howell and Brown’s attacking prowess was too much for Howell as he ran away to an
11-7, 11-8, 11-7 win.
The junior doubles final saw Ross Brown and Colney Vertigan lose out to Aaron Howell and Archie Rayner
11-9, 11-4, 11-5.
The cadet singles was played in a round robin format and Archie Rayner won all his games to pip Finlay Hewson to the title.
Colney Vertigan proved too strong for Jake Horn in the u12s final on his way to lifting his first trophy.
The Ernie Mastin handicapped event saw Dale Parnell give Finlay Hewson a 24 head start, but caught him with ease to win 42-37.
The Parker doubles final saw Jack Mason and Peter Pegg take on youngsters Finlay Hewson and Benjamin Richardson and the experienced partnership won through 42-37.
Graham Rogerson was thanked for organising and running the event and Ray Drew for scoring.
Trophies were presented by King’s Lynn Table Tennis chairman John Blyth and the late John Pringle’s partner Elaine Davies.