The 2nd of November saw a large BATTC squad head up north to the Cramilington 2star. Rob Renton was first up in the cadet boys, Robs draw saw him play the 4th seed in his group Having beaten the other two players in his group Rob faced Tong Won Chan the 4th Seed and in a fantastic match which saw Rob win the first and third ends and then losing from match point in the 4th. The 5th end saw rob take a 4-1 lead before a time out saw tong take a 6-4 lead, A time out for Rob then saw him regain his control and take a 11-8 victory.In the Quarters Rob then faced old rival Chris Gregory from Northfield who had beaten him the week before. Rob in top form took a 3-0 win to set up a semi vs Harry Saxton who was to strong.
Luca and Leo Pontone were up next in the under 11’s and after 2 tight victory’s over local players for Luca and one for Leo it was time for the regular occurrence at these events of the battle of the Pontone’s (Currently tied at 1 each at national events). After another tight battle Luca took the win and also the title and his first national tournament win.
The Junior boys team of Zak, Tom, Carl and making his debut Alex Ingram joined Rob for the Junior boys open. Tom had the toughest group in the event with the 1st seed Dean Richarson, Tong and Will Dobson from Northfield. After a great start in the group By taking Will to a full five sets and taking the first end from Dean, Tom lost momentum and ended up in the plate event.
Rob who the second seed in his group had progressed through his group as runner up after beating the other two players in his group.
Zak who must have his Weetabix for breakfast and lunch started to show the hard work he had been putting into his training by playing some fantastic table tennis. He started off my taking the first set of Jack Cope before losing the next three but made Jack work for it. He then Beat Robert Forrest from Northfield 3-0 and beating the other player in his group 3-0 to make it through to yet again set up an all Bishop match vs Rob.
Carl who had a tricky group found Aaron Kent and Chris Gregory too strong saved his best performance till last to beat the tricky Liam Marshall from Dumfries 3-0.
Alex in his debut tournament made his opponents work to beat him, in his first match he pushed 4th seed Ryan Gutteidge all the way to the 5th before losing
The main event match of Zak and Rob proved to be one of the matches of the day, with the match swinging one way then the other and at 5-5 in the 5th set no one could call the result. In the end there had to be a winner and Rob came on out top 11-9 in the 5th but came off saying he should have lost as Zak was playing better and he got a lucky net at 9-9. Which I think is credit to Rob to give credit after such a tight match. With that victory Rob progressed to the Quarters to once again play Harry Saxton. After a better performance rob made Harry work harder for the win but wasn’t able to stop Harry winning 3-0.
In the last 16 of the Plate saw Alex Ingram take his 1st win in a national tournament with a 3-1 win over Ryan Morton which set up a clash with Tong. Who was too strong and experienced for Alex and won 3-0. A great day for Alex however
Carl Draper continued his new found form to reach the stage that has just eluded him in the past, the Semi finals, In reaching the semi Carl only dropped 1 set. In the semi Carl had to play Tong. Carl played really well and refused to go down 3-0 and after some good counter spins and angled blocking took the 3rd end but Tong stepped up his tactic to take the 4th and a 3-1 win.
Tom meanwhile steadily made his way to the semis where he had to play Liam Marshall from Dumfries. Tom made his traditional slow start and soon was 2-0 down and looking down and out. However Tom had other ideas and slowed the game down and played clever to take the 3rd 4th and the final 5th end to set up yet another match with Tong, again he was too strong and took home the title.