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Dempsey on high after claiming first Burton title; table tennis sport@liverpool.com WITH DON DAVIES.

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THE Bill Fawley Liverpool Closed Championships produced a surprise men's singles champion, plus new names on the Open Doubles and Veterans' trophies.

In the men's singles semifinals, Jack Dempsey (Crosby High) comfortably disposed of Aaron Beech (Police) in straight games while Ritchie Venner, appearing in the Liverpool closed for the first time, edged out 13-year-old Rhys Davies 16-14 in a fifth game decider.

In the final, Dempsey raced into a 2-0 lead, restricting the former England Veteran international to just nine points in the opening two games.

Although Venner took the third game 11-7, the Crosby man kept his nerve in the fourth, winning 11-9 to lift the silver Montague Burton Trophy for the first time.

The doubles final brought together the Maghull pair of Venner and Paul Hutchings against the Police duo of Aaron Beech and Abdularaham Alsuwailem - the former combination taking the title in straight games.

Venner, contesting his third final of the night, got the better of last season's men's singles champion Thomas Haddley 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 to take the veteran singles trophy.

Rhys Davies overcame his men's singles disappointment when beating his Crosby High clubmate Yameen Al-Dahiri in the Junior final 11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 4-11, 11-8. The Wirral Closed Championships were also played over the weekend with the Under-13s singles title being won by Aditya lyer, beating George Vines in the final, while Joel Harper came out on top in the Cadet final after beating Keyan Norouzi.

Division Two Final Champion - Annabelle Sorrentino Ryan.

Division Three Final Champion - Sam Hughes.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 15, 2018
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