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Kingsmith's Direct route to success.

Byline: ROGER WOOD Table Tennis Correspondent sport@examiner.co.uk

KINGSMITH Engineering B have won the Table Tennis Direct Cup.

In the competition for teams eliminated in the first round of the Royds Hall Trophy, they beat Deighton Leisure Centre D 453-434 after handicap adjustment.

The same scoring rules as the Royds Hall Trophy applied, and Kingsmith had Gareth Stott (handicap 8), Peter Walker (11) and Stefan Arak (8) up against Deighton's Godfrey Gabriel (25), Rawan Hamza (18) and Samuel Nehmiah (22).

Kingsmith recently secured their Division One league status while Deighton have gained a promotion place from Division Three.

As league positions and player averages are taken into account over the season, Deighton benefited from a favourable handicap starting point.

In the first set between Stott and Gabriel, the first two games started with both players winning most points from serve with hardly any rallies, but Stott's experience gained the better of his opponent.

Stott established an overall 28 points margin, winning games three and four with forehand and backhand top spin shots as Gabriel's attacking play missed the mark. The second set saw Hamza attacking Walker's defensive play from the start, winning the first two games 11-6 and 11-8.

Walker's experience and defence then got the better of Hamza as he won the last two games to gain a further three points for his team.

In set three, Arak's serves and attacking play got the better of Nehmiah to comfortably add to the points margin.

Sets four and five helped Kingsmith develop a margin of 99 points with comfortable four-game wins for Stott and Arak over Hamza and Gabriel respectively.

Deighton mounted a recovery in sets six and seven. Nehmiah beating Walker and Hamza beating Arak in what was possibly the best attacking play by both players seen in the final.

With two sets to play Deighton were trailing by 90, but still had the advantage knowing their 114 points handicap would be added at the end.

In the eighth set, Kingsmith reduced the points difference by 23 points as Stott took command right from the start to beat Nehmiah 11-5 11-3 11-5 11-8. This set up the ninth and final set of the match between Walker and Gabriel, with Deighton holding a slim one-point advantage after taking account of the handicaps. The result was never in doubt as Walker's defence was far too steady for Gabriel in a victory that took Kingsmith home by a net margin of 19 points.

Stott was the man of the match, winning all his games for Kingsmith, but he was well supported by Arak and Walker.

|Anyone interested in playing table tennis can take advantage of a number of sessions that are available at Deighton Leisure Centre on weekdays and Almondbury Sports Centre at the weekend.

Further details can be obtained from the Huddersfield Table Tennis website at www.huddersfieldtabletennisleague.co.uk.

Ladies only table tennis is also available at Deighton Leisure Centre on Tuesday evenings, 6pm to 7pm, with qualified coaches in attendance.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 10, 2017
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