Lindley regains Singles Title


Darren Lindley reclaimed the Men’s Singles Title at the Huddersfield Closed Championships. The semi-finals featured the two players – Lindley and Tim Dyson – who have contested the singles title for the past few years, but it was the young prospect Jonathan Heslop who would face Lindley in the final.

The first semi-final saw Heslop beat Dyson 11-9 4-11 11-9 9-11 11-6. Lindley beat Shaun Ellis in the other semi 9-11 11-9 11-4 11-5.

In the final, Lindley started confidently taking the first two games 11-8 and 11-4. Heslop recovered in the third game to lead 8-4 then pegged back to 8-7 before comfortably claiming the game 11-7. Heslop continued to defy Lindley by repeatedly blocking his loop shots but with Lindley holding the advantage at 9-8 he got an edge which gave him match point at 10-8. Heslop would not accept defeat easily and some excellent play was rewarded with the next four points to win the game 12-10 and level the match. The fifth and deciding game saw great attacking play from both players as the scoring went 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6 and 7-7. Lindley’s experience then got the better of his younger opponent and he won the deciding game 11-7 to claim his thirteenth singles title.

Both Heslop and Dyson gained some consolation on the day. Heslop teamed up with his Deighton playing partner Fraser Riley to win the doubles. This was an excellent performance as the losers, Dyson and Russell Senior, had held this title for the previous six years.

Dyson was involved in another final, the over 40’s singles, against Lindley. The match was an excellent advert for table tennis and a brilliant match for the spectators to witness. Neither player gave an inch as they utilised their best serves before throwing backhand and forehand top spins at each other in a five game thriller. Dyson won the match with a 17-15 fifth game win, extending his winning run in this event to nine consecutive titles.

Two Deighton players were successful in the Handicap competition and Band 1 singles. Robert Sandiford beat fellow Deighton player Thomas Gregory in the Handicap by 16 points and Cameron Sandhu won the Band 1 singles.

Ewelina Gorna of Paddock won the Band 2 singles with Scott Singleton of Golcar Lib winning Band 3.

Geoff Dunne claimed his sixth Over 60’s title, beating Garry Jowett.

Men's Singles Semi-Finals
Jonathan Heslop beat Tim Dyson 11-9 4-11 11-9 9-11 11-5
Darren Lindley beat Shaun Ellis 9-11 11-9 11-4 11-5

Men's Doubles
Jonathan Heslop & Fraser Riley beat Tim Dyson & Russell Senior 10-12 11-4 13-11 11-8

Over 40's Veteran Singles
Tim Dyson beat Darren Lindley 11-6 8-11 11-9 10-12 17-15

Over 60's Veteran Singles
Geoff Dunne beat Garry Jowett 11-4 11-6 9-11 11-6

Handicap Singles
Robert Sandiford beat Thomas Gregory 11-8 11-8 11-9 11-7 (16 points)

Band 1 Singles
Cameron Sandhu beat Jonathan Taylor 11-5 11-6 11-7

Band 2 Singles
Ewelina Gorna beat Garry Jowett 11-8 9-11 11-4 11-5

Band 3 Singles
Scott Singleton beat Oliver Grant 5-11 7-11 11-6 11-9 11-7

Men's Singles Final
Darren Lindley beat Jonathan Heslop 11-8 11-4 7-11 10-12 11-7