Following on from successes at Nottingham last week, Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club had a squad of 7 players at the Blackpool 2 star. The day didn’t start off great in the under 15 boys, with Adam Hanby, Sean Stobart and Jake Haygarth all struggling in their groups and ending up in the plate event against some strong opponents. Hayden Gilmour however, had other ideas, coming through to win his group, despite being the 4th best player beating players ranked 150, and 50 places higher than him nationally, before narrowly losing 11-8 in the 5th end to a player 173 places above him in the last 16. Anya Milne started her under 15 Girls campaign with by winning group 6, this included a win over number 6 in England but went down to the number 7 in the last 16.
Adam and Jake restarted their day with wins in the first round of the plate to reach the quarter finals, Sean unfortunately found the going tough and bowed out in the last 16. Both Adam and Jake won again to reach the semis where Jake lost but Adam won to reach the final where he gained revenge for his team mate Jake winning in 3 to win the Cadet Boys plate title.
The afternoon saw Lee Tinkler and Sam Hume enter the action alongside Hayden and Adam in the Junior boy’s events and Jake and Anya in the under 13’s.
Lee Tinker justified his 10th seeding by winning his group and making it to the last 16 before going down to 5th seed. Sam Hume made it out of his group as runner up going down to the 3rd seed in his group before going down narrowly to the 8th seed in the last 16.
Adam and Hayden both went into the plate event and made it to the last 16 with Adam narrowly going down to the Cadet Boys runner up in 5 sets.
The under 13’s boys saw Jake pick up a win over a higher ranked player and within a few points of taking out the 5th seed in his group, his last 16 match beat England number 40 to set up a semi with the number 8 who was to strong coming out 3-0 winner.
Anya in the under 13’s girls came through group 2 as runner up, a victory in the last 16 saw Anya set up a quarter final with boogie player Beth Ellis, the match saw Anya take the lead before going 2-1 down only to pull it back and take the 5th and a place in the semi-final vs the 3rd seed and England ranked 8. Anya took the first before losing the next three very close games 9,8,8.