Jarvis scoops Commonwealth silver in India

Tom Jarvis in action.
Tom Jarvis in action.

Table tennis ace Tom Jarvis was delighted to help England win team silver at the Commonwealth Championships in India, and says he learned a lot from the experience.

The 16-year-old, from Skegness, was part of a young England team, alongside Alex Ramsden (15), Helshan Weerasinghe (18) and David McBeath (23), which exceeded expectations by reaching the final.

He won all four matches he played as England beat Wales, Northern Ireland, Trinidad & Tobago and South Africa 3-0, and then notched a crucial victory as England sunk top seeds Singapore 3-2.

In that contest Jarvis beat Clarence Chew 3-1 (11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-7).

That set up a final against hosts India, which England lost 3-1, world No 513 Jarvis losing his match to world ranked number 172 Sathiyan Gnanasekaran 3-0.

In the singles, Jarvis won two of his three group matches but was beaten by another Indian player, world number 420 Abhishek Yadav, 3-1 (11-4, 4-11, 9-11, 7-11) and was eliminated from the competition.

In the doubles, Jarvis & Ramsden beat Matthew Ball & Yi-Sien Lin of New Zealand 3-0 (11-3, 11-8, 11-7) in the first round but were then defeated in the next round.

The Skegness Grammar School pupil said: “I’m obviously happy with the team event.

“I thought we did really well to step up and beat Singapore to get to the final and I was happy with my wins in it, but disappointed that the final didn’t go our way.

“In the singles I played well and lost a close match against an Indian (opponent).

“Overall it’s been a really good learning experience and I’m really happy I got the opportunity to compete.

“It’s about learning the senior game and trying to step up from juniors to seniors, seeing how Dave and Helshan are coping and knowing I’ve got to raise my game to be on a par with these guys.”