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Table Tennis.

The Ormesby second team brought some relief to their relegation fears by beating the McClymont National Team from Aberdeen by 5-3 in the first division of the British Table Tennis League last weekend.

The star of the Ormesby team was Cleveland's No.1 junior, Anthony Wright, whose wins included an 11-9 victory in the fifth over Scotland's David Low.

Andy Wilson won one of his matches against Ross Martin at 11-4 in the fifth. Mark Simon won one against Low by 3 games to 1.

In Ormesby's second fixture played last weekend, the team were beaten 6-2 by Grantham with Mark Simon and Anthony Wright winning the 2 games.

These results mean that Ormesby are sixth in the division, one place above the relegation zone but three points clear of Blackpool Seasiders. The final round of matches will be played on February 24/25.

The Ormesby third team did their hopes of avoiding relegation no favours by losing 6-2 to both Sheffield and Fast Bats of Bradford.

In the first match against Fast Bats, Karina Lefevre, on her debut for Ormesby, excelled to win both of her singles while in the match against Sheffield, Jonathan Durham and Tony Wilson won the only two games.

The Ormesby third team is in fifth position in the league but precariously only one point above the teams in sixth and seventh positions, Grimsby and Fast Bats, and therefore will need some good performances on the February weekend to maintain their second division status.

Cricket

YORKSHIRE Under-15 off-spin bowler Azeem Rafiq has been short-listed for the Junior Sports Personality of the Year Award at the Sony Entertainment Television Sports Personality Awards 2007.

The awards, which take place on February 3, celebrate South Asian sporting talent from the UK and beyond and are now in their sixth successful year.

Azeem has been nominated for his cricketing achievements for Yorkshire and England. He played a big part last year in Yorkshire Under-15s winning the County Championship and the County Cup. He also became the first Yorkshire boy from an Asian background to serve as their captain.

Academy manager Ian Dews said: "Azeem's appointment as England captain only highlighted what we at Yorkshire have seen over the past three to four years."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2007
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