The New Milton D Table Tennis team won the final of the Bournemouth & District Times & Directory Handicap Plate competition against Bmth Sports J down at the Winton YMCA last Monday night.

Milton (Kai Major, Terry Jenvey & Chris Pusey) who usually play in Div 2 were determined not to suffer the same fate as their G team in the semi-finals who went 3-0 up against the same Bourne side (Kelly Hooper, John Crockett & Howard Lewis) from Div 3 only to lose it 4-5.

Pusey quite literally got the ball rolling as he beat Lewis (+2) in two straight sets (21-15, 21-19), then watched captain Jenvey overcome a +9 handicap to beat Crockett over three nail-biting sets having lost the first quite heavily 13-21 (the next two were 21-17, 21-19).

Teenage sensation Major also overcame a +9 handicap to see off Hooper in two straight sets (21-20, 21-18) to make it 3-0. The jitters then set in as Pusey lost to Crockett (+6) in two straight sets (16-21, 20-21) having caught up at 20-20 in the second.

Young Major, giving a +5 start to Lewis, took the first set 21-16, but lost the next set 18-21. Major started the third and final set assuredly and caught up at 11-11 to win 21-16 and take his team to 4-1, needing only one more win to seal the victory.

Next up was Jenvey against Hooper (+9), and the Milton captain caught up at 14-all in the first to take it 21-18. The nerves started jangling again as he lost the second 16-21 then went for a smash at 20-20 in the third only for the ball to end up in the net to lose 20-21. That made it 4-2, needing Milton to win one out of their next three matches.

Showing no nerves whatsoever and displaying a maturity far beyond his 14 years, Major stepped up for his final match against Crockett (+9), but very narrowly lost the first set 20-21. Well that’s when the show really started as he played imperiously to quickly achieve parity in the next two sets to win 21-14, 21-15. So that was it then, New Milton won it 5-2 with two games to spare!  The victorious Dees are pictured below: left to right Kai Major, Terry Jenvey (captain), Chris Pusey.


They are looking forward to collecting the Plate at the Bournemouth & District Table Tennis Association’s annual Presentation Evening at the Ocean View Hotel, Bournemouth on Friday 22nd May, along with the many other New Milton award winners. Should be a good evening!

About Malcolm Floyd FCMA, CGMA

Retired Accountant. Ardent Saints fan! New Milton TTC Treasurer and Press Secretary. Winner of the ETTA Press Officer of the Year 2009. BDTTA Results Secretary.

Posted on 13/05/2015, in 1. News, 2. League Reports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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