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Saar win senior table tennis title.

SAAR retained the Bahrain Senior Table Tennis League title after scoring an emphatic 3-1 victory over bitter rivals Bahrain Club.

In a neck-and-neck final, which took place at the Bahrain Table Tennis Association's gym in Um Al Hassam, Saar's captain Anwar Makki led his club to victory winning both his matches.

Bahrain Club were hoping to win back the title they last won two years ago, when they defeated the same opponents in the final tie.

Bahrain Club were relying on their second best player Rashid Al Majed, who gave his side the lead following a 14-12, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6 win over Bahrain's under-18 team star Mohammed Abbas.

But Bahrain Club, playing without their skipper Hamad Buhijji who is on holiday, had to introduce their young player Loay Jamal who faced Saar's Makki in the second match.

The more experienced Makki proved too strong for Jamal, a national junior team member, and sealed the match 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 to level the scores at 1-1.

Hassan Abdulrahim, one of the best young Bahraini players who has competed in several international championships in recent years, put Saar ahead after defeating Bahrain Club's Maher Al Aradi 11-9, 11-4, 11-7.

Then it was Makki's turn to put the scores beyond reach, winning his match against Al Majed 6-11, 11-7, 13-11, 12-10.

Meanwhile, Bahrain Club's under-12 team followed suit, clinching the title with a 3-0 win over Saar in the final.

With one week remaining, Bahrain Club secured the trophy while both Saar and Busaiteen will compete in the last week for the runners-up award.

Bahrain Club's top player Rashid Khalid put his team ahead following a 11-4, 11-8, 11-2 win over Saar's Sayed Murtadha Hassan.


Saud Al Qassmi then made it 2-0 for Bahrain Club, defeating Saar's ace Mohammed Saleh after needing to rally twice from behind. Games scores were 10-12, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9.

Saar had big hopes on Mahmood Ebrahim. But he was unable to match the skills of his opponent Khalifa Adel who emerged a 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5 winner.

The finals were followed by an awarding ceremony attended by BTTA's president Shaikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who presented trophies and medals to the finalists.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Dec 6, 2010
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