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Table Tennis: Ethan Walsh crowned national champ

Lifestyle / Thu 1st Jun 2017 at 10:43am

IT was a triumphant weekend for Ethan Walsh at the National Championships held at Gillingham on 6th May, when he was crowned National Cadet Champion for the first time.

In clinching his victory Ethan showed his characteristic grit and determination to emerge victorious from a series of very close matches.

His opponent in the final was the Bolton player Amirul Hussain who has been at the top of the Cadet rankings since September, marginally ahead of Ethan. So it was a superb victory for Ethan to beat Amirul in the final.

Ethan lost the first set 8-11, then came back to win the next four sets to claim the title.

Ethan also reached the final of the Junior Boys doubles, teaming up with James Smith (Kent). The pair had a spectacular win in the quarter finals, putting out top seeds Tom Jarvis and Luke Savill (England number 1 and 3 Juniors). Ethan and James lost in the final to Josh Bennett and Matt Leete.

Sam Chesterman also put in an excellent performance at the Nationals reaching the quarter finals of the Cadet Boys singles after a splendid win against the England number 4 Josh Weatherby. Sam’s fine run ended when he came up against Joe Cope, the England number 5.

But Sam got his revenge against Joe in the Cadet Boys’ doubles. Sam’s partner was Amirul Hussain, and they took the doubles title by storm, dropping only two sets during the knock out stage and defeating Ethan and Joe in the final.

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