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Leete and Bolton secure table tennis gold and silver medals

Matt Leete.
Matt Leete.

Matt Leete returned from the Cadet and Junior National Championships with a silver medal.

The Grantham College student was partnering Josh Bennett and the pair were seeded second in the junior boys’ doubles.

Table Tennis England Junior Championships Huddersfield
Table Tennis England Junior Championships Huddersfield

They duly reached the final, where they faced top seeds Tom Jarvis and Alex Ramsden.

When the second seeds took the second game to level the match, it looked as if they could upset the odds.

But the top pair got their noses back in front and then held their nerve in a tight fourth to take it 3-1 (13-11, 6-11, 11-5, 12-10).

Leete, 16, said: “We got where we were expected to, so I can’t complain.

“It’s the first time we’ve played together for ages, so I’m happy with how we did.”

In the singles, Leete reached the quarter-finals, where he was beaten 4-2 by third seed and eventual beaten finalist Ramsden.

Meanwhile, Grantham College student Emily Bolton won doubles gold and silver – but missed out in the singles.

The teenager partnered Tin-Tin Ho to the title in the girls’ doubles and was beaten finalist alongside Luke Savill in the mixed event in Huddersfield.

It was an emphatic win in the girls’ event as the top seeds powered past Denise Payet and Kate Cheer 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-6).

Bolton and Savill were seeded second in the mixed and faced top seeds Tom Jarvis and Ho and although they levelled after losing the first game, they were ultimately beaten 3-1 (11-3, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7).

In the singles, Bolton was surprisingly eliminated in the quarter-finals by Mollie Patterson, who went on to win silver.

The scoreline was 4-2 (11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6).

Bolton, 18, said: “We haven’t played together much apart from the Italian Youth Open and we followed on from that and we executed when we needed to.

“I was disappointed with the singles but Mollie played well – what can you do?

“Silver in the mixed and gold in the doubles doesn’t make up for it, but it’s better than nothing.”


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