Skegness table tennis ace claims silver

Tom Jarvis in action at the Junior Masters Tournament.
Tom Jarvis in action at the Junior Masters Tournament.
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Skegness table tennis ace Tom Jarvis beat some of the best young players in England to win a silver medal at the Junior Masters tournament.

The masters is for the elite players in England, with competitors qualifying primarily by virtue of their national rankings. The 12 players meet each other once in a round-robin format.

Jarvis, 15, was seeded fourth for the event in Harlow but won 10 of his 11 matches to get on to the podium.

He won all six matches on the first day to be placed joint first alongside Marcus Giles.

The key clash was against top seed and defending champion Helshan Weerasinghe on day two.

The two played out a monumental game, with Jarvis coming from 2-0 down to level, saving one match point in the third set.

He missed a match point of his own during an epic deciding fifth set as Weerasinghe finally took it 3-2 (13-11, 11-7, 11-13, 3-11, 17-15) on his seventh match point.

With Weerasinghe having lost his opening match of the event, both boys finished with one defeat, meaning Weerasinghe kept his title by virtue of his victory over Jarvis. Giles was third.

Jarvis said: “Obviously it’s a little bit gutting to be so close, but I’m really happy with my weekend. It’s better than I thought I would do but a lot of matches were easier than I thought they would be and that’s good because it shows I’ve improved.

“Helshan played better on the close points and he deserves it.”