A table tennis title treble for ace Jarvis

Tom Jarvis.
Tom Jarvis.

Table tennis ave Tom Jarvis scooped a title treble at the Cadet and Junior National Championships.

The 16-year-old Skegness youngster – already the national under 21 champion – was in superb form, winning the Junior Boys’ singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Darcie Proud.

Darcie Proud.

The top seed’s dominance was never more obvious than in the singles final, when he brushed aside third seed Alex Ramsden in a brilliant 4-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6) victory.

He had earlier teamed up with Ramsden to win the boys’ doubles, beating Matt Leete and Josh Bennett 3-1 in a tight final (13-11, 6-11, 11-5, 12-10).

His first title had come alongside Commonwealth Games silver medallist Tin-Tin Ho in the mixed doubles, beating second seeds Luke Savill and Emily Bolton 3-1 (11-3, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7).

“I’m over the moon,” said Skegness Grammar student Jarvis.

“At the start of the day winning all three titles was in the back of my mind, and I got what I came here for.

“The last few times I’ve played Alex, it’s been difficult but I raised my game today and played the best I could.”

He and Ho had not played as a double in a tournament before but Jarvis said: “We knew that if we played well we had a good chance of winning – and we clicked quickly and played well.”

On a year in which he has also won the Junior National Cup and reached the semi-finals of the senior National Championships, he added: “This year has been absolutely unbelievable, the best year I could have hoped for.”

Meanwhile, 12-year-old Darcie Proud, also from Skegness, scooped a surprise silver medal in the Cadet girls’ doubles.

She and partner Hannah Ward caused one of the upsets of the tournament when they came from 2-0 down to topple top seeds Denise Payet and Sophie Barlow in the first round.

It was an amazing turnaround as the older and higher-ranked girls looked comfortable with their lead – but they capitulated as Proud and Ward took it 3-2 (9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8).

The young pair then saved two match points against Charlotte Bardsley and Danielle Kelly in the semi-finals as they staved off a fightback to win another five-setter 11-6, 11-3, 4-11, 8-11, 12-10.

It sent them into the final against Mollie Patterson and Gauri Duhan, but there was to be no fairytale ending as the older girls took it 11-7, 11-8, 11-2.

Proud, who attends King Edward’s School in Spilsbury, said: “It’s good. At the start of the day we just wanted to enjoy it and just hope.

“In the first match we were losing to the number ones but there was still a bit of us that said we could do it.”

Proud also competed in the singles but was eliminated in the group stage.