Barry wins 15th town title

Paul Barry clinched the men’s singles title at the Hastings Closed Table Tennis Championships for the 15th time.

The Hollington Table Tennis Club talent won the 2014 competition by overcoming Rob Warner 11-5, 10-12, 11-9, 11-3 in the final.

Men's singles winner Paul Barry (right) with Hastings & District Table Tennis Association president Andy Furnival. Picture courtesy Mick Lane

Men's singles winner Paul Barry (right) with Hastings & District Table Tennis Association president Andy Furnival. Picture courtesy Mick Lane

Barry also got the better of Warner in the men’s doubles decider. Barry and Nathan Darby outgunned Warner and Lewis Mayhew 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5.

Barry’s clubmate Rose Rainton enjoyed similar success in the women’s events. Rainton won the women’s singles - which was played as a round-robin -

beating runner-up Stacey Furnival 11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10 in the decisive contest.

Rainton and Furnival joined forces to capture the women’s doubles, defeating Sheila King and Pam Winter 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 in a straight final.

Mayhew and King triumphed in the mixed doubles, which took the form of a four-team round-robin. They saw off runners-up Robin Gibbs and Rainton 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 in the key game.

Mick Hart defeated Keith Lindsay 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 in the consolation singles final, while Adam Keen sunk Danny Rickaby 11-1, 11-3, 12-10 to win the division two singles.

The closest final came in the division three singles where Peter Wilson edged out Ryan Heselden 5-11, 12-10, 12-10, 3-11, 11-5. The trophies were presented by Hastings & District Table Tennis Association president Andy Furnival.

The annual event at Hollington Community Centre attracted entries from 43 men - an increase on last year - and four women, with 18 players contesting the division two singles.

Pictures courtesy Mick Lane