Dyson claims 13th title against Big Rival


Tim Dyson reclaimed the Huddersfield Closed Table Tennis singles title when beating his great rival Darren Lindley in the final. Dyson took a 13th title to equal Lindley, and surprisingly won the final at the Halifax Table Tennis Centre comfortably in three straight games. Level at 8 all in the first game, Lindley served into the net, then after never really recovered with Dyson winning 11-8. Dyson was always in command winning the second game fairly comfortably 11-7. In the third game level at 5 points each, Lindley missed a backhand loop, after this Dyson races into a 10-6 lead with some fine attacking play. Lindley wasn’t done, as he managed to fight back to 9-10. Dyson wouldn’t be denied taking the final point with his trusted forehand Loop to take the title.  

Dyson beat Jonathan Heslop in a fairly straight forward semi final while Lindley beat Shaun Ellis in the other.

Darren Lindley and Nick Ryder will be new names on the Doubles Trophy this year. They beat Tim Dyson and Russell Senior who had previously won this event fourteen times. Dyson/Senior managed to win a cagey first game 11-8. Lindley/Ryder then came from 5-2 down in the second to win 11-9 with some brilliant attacking play. During the third game Lindley put a lot of pressure on Senior to allow Ryder to play some outstanding winning shots to win the game 11-9. There was some outstanding hitting from both pairs in the fourth game but Lindley/Ryder just edged it winning 11-8 and the title.

Dyson and Lindley clashed again in the Veterans over 40 Singles final with Lindley turning the tables, beating Dyson in four games. Lindley winning his first Veterans title found Dyson in no mood to give up his crown easily which he has held for the previous nine years. This final proved to be the best with the shot making at times breathtaking. The fourth and final game of the encounter had everybody on the edge of their seat wondering who would finally prevail, Lindley it emerged to be in the end by 14-12.

Geoff Dunne won the Veterans Over 60 Singles for the seventh time beating David Wood in the final. Shaun Ellis won the Handicap Singles by just 3 points, but his young opponent Ryan Moon put up a good fight.

Cameron Sandhu beat Jonathan Heslop in the final of the Under 21 Singles, then made it a double by retaining his Band 1 Singles title defeating Russell Senior.

Kayden Oates won the Band 2 Singles and Robert Sandiford the Band 3. Both acquitted themselves well throughout the day showing glimpses they could be a real force in the future,

Over 40 competitors competed in the 9 events

Closed Championships Results

Singles Final   Tim Dyson beat Darren Lindley 11-8  11-7  11-9

Singles Semi Finals, Darren Lindley beat Shaun Ellis  11-7  10-12  11-7  12-10 Tim Dyson beat Jonathan Heslop 11-7  11-9  9-11  11-5

Doubles Final    Darren Lindley/Nick Ryder beay Tim Dyson/Russell Senior  8-11  11-9  11-9  11-8

Over 40 Singles Final   Darren Lindley beat Tim Dyson 11-8  12-14  11-5  14-12

Over 60 Singles Final   Geoff Dunne beat David Wood  11-2  11-8  11-7

Handicap Final   Shaun Ellis  (Scr)  beat  Ryan Moon (32)  11-5  11-1  11-1  11-2  (3 Point Win 44 - 41)

Under 21 Singles Final  Cameron Sandhu beat Jonathan Heslop  11-6   11-8   13-11

Band 1 Singles Final     Cameron Sandhu beat Russell Senior  11-8  15-13  13-11

Band 2 Singles Final     Kayden Oates beat Ed Bowen  11-9   11-9   8-11  9-11  11-9

Band 3 Singles Final     Robert Sandiford beat Matthew Barber  9-11  11-7  12-10  11-8