Matthew Knight bids for further titles at Herefordshire Table Tennis Championships

First published in Sport

MATTHEW Knight has one title in the bag and a chance of two others after the Herefordshire county championships got under way on Sunday at Bromyard Queen Elizabeth Humanities College.

Knight teamed up with Matthew Jones to take the drawn doubles competition, beating Elliott Volpe and Jonathan Andersson by three sets to two in the final.

He will also contest two other finals when the championships resume on the penultimate weekend in March with play taking place on the evening of Friday, March 22 and all day on Sunday, March 24 from 9am.

He wlll face Volpe in the final of the cadets competition after they sw off the challenges of Harry Hales and Charlie Shave in the semi-finals.

And he will meet Zoe Castle in the junior final after the pair won through against nine other competitors to secure their places.

Mark Owen will face Ola Andersson in the final of the veterans competition which proved a tough category.

There were 22 entrants, divided into six groups with Owen fighting back to beat Harry Jutle in his semi-final and Andersson surviving a rally from two sets down by Nigel Foreshew in their last-four clash. Paul Oatley, Andy Castle, Dave White and Lincoln Franklin had also come through the group stages to contest the quarter-finals.

Jutle, Trevor Davies, Steve Brown and Brian Kitchener were the last four in the restricted veterans event with Davies and Kitchener battling through to the final.

Kitchener will also contest the final of the over-60s event after beating Davies in his semi-final.

He will be matched against Oatley, who beat Bob Trimble in their last-four clash.

In the other section which was played through to provide finalists, Owen and Andy Castle will meet Steve Knight and Dave White to decide the champions of the doubles competition.

On both finals days, entrance is free and spectators welcome.

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