Tom Jarvis claims table tennis crown

Tom Jarvis is presented with his award by Keith Thomas Treasurer of Table Tennis England. Photo: Ted Cottrell.

Tom Jarvis is presented with his award by Keith Thomas Treasurer of Table Tennis England. Photo: Ted Cottrell.

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Tom Jarvis completed the set of all four age group titles at the Butterfly Schools’ Individual Table Tennis Championships in Tipton, adding the under 19 crown to those he has previously won at under 11,13 and 16 levels.

The 15-year-old Skegness player was in top form, dropping only one set all day, as he advanced to a final against surprise package Martin Matuzevicius of Portsmouth.

Matuzevicius, 18, knocked out second seed Omar Khassal in the quarter-finals and saved two match points in beating third seed Billy Forster in the semis.

But he had no answer to Jarvis, who recorded a 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-5) victory.

It means Jarvis (pictured) is in pole position to play in the World Schools Championships next year.

Jarvis was delighted to have finished his collection of ESTTA trophies.

He said: “The reason I came to the under 19s was because I wanted to 
complete the set and get a chance to play at the World Schools.

“I didn’t play so well in the group stages but I was able to get my head together for the knockouts.”