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Marathon man leads St Pauls “A” to victory in the Chairman’s Cup
St Pauls “A” were victorious in the Chairman’s Cup final (pictured above L-R, Waqar Hussain, Mike Noble, Rob Barr, Linford Akoto, Yaser Ahmed, Simon Kempton, Paul Rowley, Peter Lyall) beating York Gardens “B” 5-2. For St Pauls their team captain Rob Barr led them to victory winning 2 of his own matches which was a good preparation for Sunday as he running in the London Marathon, to support the National Gallery’s “Coming Home” project (see below). Paul Rowley was also in good form winning 2 matches and Simon Kempton won 1.  For York Gardens Waqar Hussain was the star as usual winning his two matches including a thriller 5 setter 11-10 over Paul Rowley, Yaser Ahmed was very unlucky in his match against Rob Barr also going down in 5 sets which could well have proved crucial to overall result. Linford Akoto played well but couldn’t quite get his rhythm going on his dangerous spinney forehand topspin and lost out in his matches. It was the first time the Chairman’s Cup has been played with individual ratings on the 11 up points system with “sudden death” at 10 all, but the format seemed to go down well.  Click here for Cup competitions

Rob Barr is running in the London Marathon in support of the National Portrait Gallery’s “Coming Home” project.   The National Portrait Gallery has been collecting portraits of men and women who have made a significant contribution to British life and history since 1856. “Coming Home” will enable portraits to return to a number of places in the UK giving visitors the opportunity to rediscover their local heroes and connect to a bigger national history.  Click here to support Rob Barr in the London Marathon

Andy Sanders is the new League Champion
The annual Wandsworth & District Table Tennis League championships took place at York Gardens over 3 days with Andy Sanders (pictured above on left next to Waqar Hussain) emerging as the new League champion. 3 events were held starting with the Ratings singles (a handicap event) with 30 players taking which was a record for the event in this format. There were some surprises along way with the highest rated player Cain Fagan losing out in a fascinating semi-final to Waqar Hussain. In the other semi-final Andy Sanders beat Linford Akoto. Andy maintained his form in the final to beat Waqar Hussain 3 games to 1. In the Open singles Andy again came up trumps beating favourite Cain Fagan over 5 demanding sets. In the Open Doubles Andy Sanders and Doug Taucher retained their title beating Cain Fagan and Joe Leone 11-6, in the 3rd set.  The Veterans singles saw Waqar Hussain avenge his defeats by Andy beating him in the semi-finals. In the final he beat Rob Campbell in straight sets. For Full RESULTS CLICK HERE  
WDTTL Closed Championships 2018  Roll of Honour
Open Singles Winner:  Andy Sanders
Open Doubles Winners: Doug Taucher/Andy Sanders
Veteran Singles Winner:  Waqar Hussain
Ratings Singles Winner:  Andy Sanders

Record entries for the Tournament!
Record numbers have entered this year’s  Wandsworth & District Table Tennis League closed tournament.  The largest event is as always the Ratings singles (formerly the “Handicap” singles) with 33 entries, the Open singles and doubles have 26 entries and there are 19 in the Veterans.  That means that 44% of the players who compete in the league are taking part in the tournament this year which is about 10% up on last year despite the fact that we have less players actually competing in the league.  
All sessions take place at York Gardens TTC. Start time is 7pm for registration and 7.30pm for group matches.
Wednesday 4th April Ratings Singles
Friday 6th April Open Singles/Doubles
Monday 9th April Veterans Singles
TBC Finals Night Wednesday 11th April

Vale “A” worthy champions 2018
Vale “A” are the 2018 Wandsworth & District Table Tennis league champions and worthy ones at that. They dominantly beat Wilton 9-1 in their last match of the season to secure an unassailable 81 points for the season. It was the regular squad of Andy Sanders, Doug Taucher and Wojtek Czubek with only Wojtek losing one match to the talented Erik Jeanpierre of Wilton. It has been a memorable season for Vale “A” who also won the prestigious Presidents Cup in the same week to take the double for the first time in their history.  Vale’s Andy Sanders has had a tremendous season winning 46 out of 51 matches to get top of the players averages as well as topping the Wandsworth rankings list. Elsewhere in the league XXIV Club “A” who are confirmed as this year’s runner up in the league sealed the fate of St Pauls “B” as they beat them 7-3 to send them into the relegation zone. St Pauls “B” needed 3 points to avoid relegation but only managed 1 against a full strength XXIV Club. Adeel Ahmed won his 3 as usual , Remi Alaka won 2 and Shaun Case won 1. For St Pauls “B” Luke Pomaro showed how dangerous he is by winning two and John Llewellyn won 1. It was the second win of the week for XXIV Club “A” who scored an excellent 7-3 win York Gardens “B”, Adeel Ahmed won 3 including beating Waqar Hussain, Peter Sinclair won 2 and Remi Alaka won 1. For York “B” Waqar won 2, Yasar Ahmed won 1, and captain Linford Akoto lost his 3. It has to be said though that Linford who is running the team for the first time in division 1 has done an excellent job of getting his team out on time and from a slow start has established them as one of the top 4 teams.   Click here to see league tables

York Gardens “C” win the title with a final
showdown victory over Vale “B”
The final showdown between York Gardens “C” and Vale “B” didn’t disappoint as went down to the wire with a 6-4 victory to York “C”. Vale “B” battled bravely with Tom Coady winning his 3, but Peter Fenner was only able to win 1, and Don Stevens was unlucky to lose his 3 on the night. Sajid patel and Mark Lewis both recorded 2 good wins each, with Clive Hall winning one.  Tom Coady did have some compensation in coming top of the players averages with an impressive 45 wins out of 48. York “D” scored a good 6-4 win over a rejuvenated St Pauls “C”. Man of the match was St Pauls Francis Edge who went unbeaten, and Alex Dracup took his best ever win over Danner Cordaba to show his vast improvement over the season, interestingly he is transferring to York Gardens next season. For York “D” Vedanth Vuthandam and Juan Diego Cordaba both won 2 with Danner winning 1, and they took the doubles to win the match. The final XXIV Club derby between the “C” and the “B” teams was an exciting affair with the “B” team’s Peter Klocek man of the match going unbeaten, Chris Chikwendu offered good support winning two and together they won the doubles and the match.  Tim Cooke was unlucky on the night losing his 3. For the “C” team Bob Tidbury put in his usual excellent display winning 2, and it was nice to see Ken Burgess and Colin Mofford  both winning 1 each.   Click here to see league tables

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