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Soham Comrades' Martin Freeland is victorious at Ely & District Table Tennis League's Closed Tournament

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Soham’s Martin Freeland triumphed once again in the Men’s Singles at the recent Closed Tournament of the Ely & District Table Tennis League.

Freeland, who also scooped the title in 2018, found himself against up-and-coming Haddenham player Joe Holland in the final, with the youngster having impressively dispatched Peter Xie in the semi-finals.

Holland also started brightly in the final, but Freeland’s experience eventually told as he won through over four games.

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Ely table tennis (7635362)

And there was cause for double celebration for Freeland as he wrapped up a double for the second year in a row.

On this occasion he was partnered in the Men’s Doubles competition by Soham Comrades player Kin Chan and they overcame their opponents – Fulbourn pairing Terry Lane and Peter Zivtins – 13-11 in the fourth game.

The Ladies’ final between Alison Cooke (Fulbourn) and Mel Rule (Soham Comrades) was one of the most closely-contested for a while, though the Soham player could only impose some dominance in the fourth game.

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Ely Table Tennis (7635398)

However, the positions were reversed in the Mixed Doubles where Rule and her partner Steve Jugg retained their trophy 11-9, 11-5, 11-8, with the defeated Cooke being partnered by Tim Hands.

In terms of medals, Steve Rule had by far the biggest haul, winning four and being runner-up in one event.

He and Chris Rule came out on top after the closest encounter of the day, the unseeded drawn doubles final.

In the Veterans, Peter Xie did one better than last year, besting his Fulbourn team-mate Terry Lane 10, 4 and 8.

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Ely table tennis (7635360)

Anthony Taylor-Gutierrez of Burwell, meanwhile, marked his recent improvement by triumphing in the Junior Boys’ final, wrapping it up in three games.

At the end of the event, almost half of those competing left with a trophy, all under the watchful eye of county coach Martin Gray.