Jarvis takes silver at Cadet Six Nations competition

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Skegness teenager Tom Jarvis picked up a silver medal for hosts England at the Cadet Six Nations table tennis tournament held recently.

The 14-year-old reached the singles final at the annual event, which saw England face France, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Norway in team and individual competitions.

Having blitzed through his group winning all six matches and only dropping two sets, Jarvis faced team-mate Luke Savill in the quarter-finals and claimed an 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 victory.

And he kept up his form in the semi-finals to see off Dorian Zheng of France 11-7, 11-7, 11-6.

But he found Bastien Rembert a difficult opponent in the final as he struggled to get to grips with the French youngster’s serve.

After losing the first set 11-3, Jarvis dug in and a protracted second was eventually won 16-14 by Rembert, who then took the third 11-6 to seal victory.

Skegness Grammar School pupil Jarvis, who won the Spanish Youth open earlier this month, said: “I’ve had a good weekend, I’m happy to get a medal.

“It was probably the best I played in the quarter and semi, but the guy played out of his skin in the final and was too good for me. His serve was giving me a lot of trouble and he had a lot of the luck. If I had got the second set, the whole match could have been different.”

The England team, comprising Jarvis, Savill, Hugo Pang and Alex Ramsden, finished third behind winners Sweden and runners-up France.

England girls finished fifth and had no representatives in the knockout stage of the singles.