Davison surrenders singles crown

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Veteran campaigner Steve Kerns produced one of the biggest shocks in the recent history of the Braintree Table Tennis League when he beat the holder and hot favourite Paul Davison, of Earls Colne-based Netts, to win the men’s singles.

Davison had won the title five times in six attempts and had never tasted defeat in a final while Kerns had been without a win for 10 years.

A Davison of past years would surely not have seen two match points slip away as they did in the fourth game. He led two games to one and 10-8, but could not find the killer ball and Kerns pulled one back to take the set to a final game, which he won at 11-8.

Number two seed, and fellow Netts player, Kevin Gowlett had to withdraw (work commitments).

Ken Lewis, of Cornard-based Nomads, took advantage to become the first player from outside the top division to reach a semi final since Trevor Vincent in 1976, before losing to Kearns.

Davison’s one consolation came in the men’s doubles, which he and Kevin Gowlett won for the sixth time in seven years.