HAVING won the handicap Knockout Cup for the past five years, Budmouth were guaranteed a sixth consecutive success when the youngsters of Budmouth C found themselves up against their friends of Budmouth D in the final.
With the Division 2 title already under their belts Budmouth C were having to overcome a 14 point deficit in most matches and they got off to a good start when Ben Howe recovered from losing the first leg to beat Liam Critchard 21-16 in the deciding leg.
It was a similar story in the second match when Tyler Hoff took the first leg 21-10 off Nathan Calton, the recently crowned Rob Taylor Junior champion, but Calton came back strongly to secure a 2-1 win.
Budmouth C went into a 3-0 lead when Josh Clark beat Louie James in two straight legs but the D team got on the score sheet when Critchard fought to a 2-1 win over Calton taking the deciding leg 21-10. Clark restored the three leg match lead when he overcame Hoff in two straight but James played very well to beat Howe 21-10, 21-17.
With the match poised at 4-2 Critchard could not afford to lose to Clark but in a tight first leg Clark denied Critchard three times at 17-20 down and then clinched it 22-20. Critchard came storming back in the second leg taking it 21-12 to square things up and the deciding leg was close all the way before Clark (21-17) clinched the match, the cup and the double for Budmouth C.
The Weymouth & District Table Tennis League AGM is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23rd May at Springfield Club.