Richard makes his mark

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Fourteen-year-old Kierlan Richards made his mark as one of the players to watch with a superb performance in the Braintree Table Tennis League.

In his first season of league table tennis, Richards started slowly but has now won seven of his last nine sets and recorded the first hat-trick of his career for Earls Colne-based Netts C against Black Notley G in Division Three.

Included among his victims were Adam Clift, currently 10th in the division’s individual averages with a 72 per cent win record, and Mike Pitt, who won 70 per cent in his last full season in Division Three two years ago.

Richards beat Pitt in four games and Clift in three straight.

Notley G needed a win in the doubles to sneak home 6-4.

In Division One, the top two continue to steam away, Netts A taking all ten from Felsted A while Liberal A lost only the doubles against their own B team.

The performance of the week in this division came from Netts B’s Graham Farmer.

With only one win in nine behind him, he clicked into gear against Notley A and won all three, the first time for many moons that he has won more sets in an evening than teammate James Hicks, who was beaten by Andrew Huckson.