Sandhu Adds His Name To List Of Singles Title Winners



The Huddersfield Table Tennis Centre played host to this year’s Closed Championships on Sunday April 24th in what proved to be a very entertaining and competitive event.
Due to the absence of regular previous winners, there would obviously be a new name on the Singles Trophy this year.

Cameron Sandhu is having an excellent season in this year’s Filedoc Huddersfield Table Tennis League, and along with fellow seeds Kee Young Sim (Sky), Shaun Ellis and Marcus Batkin they dominated the major events.
Sandhu and Batkin were involved in a closely fought Singles semi final match with Sandhu progressing to the final thanks to a 13-11 fifth game win.
Ellis fought his way to the final, beating Sky and also needing five games for the win.
In the final, Sandhu won the first game 11-5 before Ellis responded 11-9 12-10 but Sandhu sealed the title winning the final two games 11-4 11-6.

Ellis also lost in the doubles final as he and Keith Skarz were beaten by Sandhu and Sky before gaining some consolation by beating Jonathan Taylor in the Over 40’s Singles.

Sky also won the Under 21 Singles beating his doubles partner in the final.

All four seeded players won at least one trophy as Batkin gained some reward beating Sky in a thoroughly entertaining Handicap Singles final. Batkin used his three points handicap advantage to level the match points score, but as the higher handicapped player claimed the title.

In the Over 60’s competition, Geoff Dunne regained the title beating Kevin Plowman to make it nine successes in this event.

Deighton table tennis club were well represented with a number of winners also coming from that club in the other events.
Two of their players faced each other in the Band 1 singles final, as Matt Fittock beat Robert Sandiford over five games.
Band 2 singles was a repeat of the last time this event took place with the same outcome as Paul Simpson again got the better of Ed Bowen.
In the Band 3 singles, Frank Patient beat team mate Sarah Napier.

Napier also lost out to Janet West in the handicap Women’s singles by two points in another repeat of the last championships.

Congratulations to all event winners and many thanks to everyone involved in making the day a success, including players who were ‘encouraged’ to act as a scorer when not involved in a match themselves.

Huddersfield Closed Championship Results

Singles Semi-Finals
Shaun Ellis beat Sky Sim 11-4 11-6 10-12 6-11 11 7
Cameron Sandhu beat Marcus Batkin 12-10 7-11 12-10 7-11 13-11
Singles Final
Cameron Sandhu beat Shaun Ellis 11-5 9-11 10-12 11-4 11-6

Cameron Sandhu and Sky Sim beat Shaun Ellis and Keith Skarz 11-4 4 11 11-5 11-7

Handicap Singles
Marcus Batkin (3) beat Sky Sim (0) 11-10 8-11 5-11 11-6 (0 points difference, so the player with the highest handicap wins the match)

Over 40's Singles
Shaun Ellis beat Jonathan Taylor 11-6 11-8 11-5

Over 60's Singles
Geoff Dunne beat Kevin Plowman 13-11 11-5 5-11 11-7

Band 1 Singles
Matt Fittock beat Robert Sandiford 4-11 11-3 11-3 8-11 11-7

Band 2 Singles
Paul Simpson beat Ed Bowen 11-7 11-1 11-6

Band 3 Singles
Frank Patient beat Sarah Napier 11-6 14-12 10-12 11-6

Under 21 Singles
Sky Sim beat Cameron Sandhu 14-12 11-8 11-13 11-7

Women’s Singles
Janet West (33) beat Sarah Napier (38) 11-9 11-6 8-11 11-8 (2 points)