Bashers win Alan White Team Handicap trophy by just nine points

The winning team of Bashers from left to right Kate Bridger, Marc Burman and Annabel Bridger.
The winning team of Bashers from left to right Kate Bridger, Marc Burman and Annabel Bridger.

Mid Sussex Table tennis stars have taken part in The Alan White Team Handicap Competition.

The competition is run as a sealed handicap event with the total points from each player with the handicap added or subtracted from the final score.

The runners up from left to right Luke Gallagher, Ben Worley and Charlie Hough

The runners up from left to right Luke Gallagher, Ben Worley and Charlie Hough

With the first two rounds of the table tennis ever popular team handicap competition played in October the semi final and final were played last Sunday with the following results.

The first semi final saw the team of Denise’s Menaces boys all under sixteen with Ben Worley, Luke Gallagher and Charlie Hough taking on the senior team Magiks Mel Sims, Tony Turk and Alistair Blue.

The boys overcame a massive handicap of 97 points and when the envelope was opened Menaces won by just nine points to go into the final.

The other semi saw the Bashers with Marc Burman and the Bridger sisters Annabel and Kate taking on the Tigers with Kath Owston, Samantha Monk and David Lewis.

Despite Tigers best efforts they could not cope with the determination of Marc and his ‘Merry Girls’ Annabel and Kate and lost by sixteen points.

On to the final battle, and with so much junior talent with five of the six being juniors and the league singles champion it was bound to be a feast of table tennis for the spectators.

Menaces team with Luke Gallagher, Ben Worley and Charlie Hough are all county players while the opposition had National league player Marc Burman and the top girls in the Haywards Heath league Annabel and Kate Bridger.

Menaces Luke Gallagher and Ben Worley both took a set of Marc Burman and at the half way stage looked to have the game sewn up but Kate Bridger took 13 points of Charlie Hough and both girls took more points in the doubles with Marc.

So both teams knew it would be close.

The sealed envelope was opened and Bashers foun they were trophy winners by just nine points.

Match organiser Kath Owston commented that the final was a splendid exhibition of table tennis played in an exciting and sporting way by all players.

League Chairman Vincent L’Estrange presented the trophies and also commented on the sportsmanship of both teams.

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