Martin Lowe once again confirmed his status as the number one table tennis player of Scarborough and District when he retained his title, and won the £50 first prize, in the Elite Scarborough Closed Tournament.
This event is open only to those players who have appeared in the first division of the Scarborough and District League.
Lowe went through the entire tournament without dropping a set. He beat second seed Mark Marshall in the final but although the 11-5, 11-4 scoreline did underline Lowe’s superiority it did not do justice to the standard of play where Marshall contributed a full part in some thrilling rallies and on occasions produced is own superb winning shots.
Marshall played a full part in the entertainment of the evening, his defeat of the fancied Derek Elliott in their quarter-final encounter being one of the best games in an event where the standard of play throughout was extremely high.
The third and fourth place final was a much closer affair with 15-year-old Steven Temple, a member of the Ryedale Sports Club, finally beating the veteran Peter Kirk in an excellent encounter which enthralled the knowledgable spectators.
Temple had previously had to be at his best to see off the challenge of fellow teenager and highly rated Macaulay Youngson in their quarter-final.
Entrants were divided into four groups and these were played on a round-robin basis with those finishing first and second going forward to quarter finals.
This was the first time that the tournament had been played in an evening and the experiment seemed to have worked and organisers were delighted with the response as this was by far the largest entry for many years.
Another feature was the age range of the contestants.
One of the youngest players was Martin Lowe’s 12-year-old son Ethan, who plays with his father and another youngster, Ben Rowe in the first division.
Ethan in fact bear John Irish of Bridlington Old Boys in the group stages of the tournament, no mean feat as this was Irish’s only defeat at this stage and his victims had included Steven Temple.
Irish had probably had enough to Lowes by the end of the evening as it was dad Martin who beat him in the quarter-finals.