ISMAILA Akindiya and Adeoye Adewale from London Academy have won the Team Two-Star Open Championship at Cippenham Table Tennis Club.

The standout pair won every match 2-0 as neither Akindiya nor Adewale lost to any of their opponents.

The first time any player took a single game was when Joshua Nashed briefly threatened in the semi-final against Akindiya. The threat was short-lived and the Finsbury team still lost 2-0.

The final match was a much closer affair and the Nigerian pair had their work cut out against Welsh team, Class Act.

Akindiya was made to work all the way against Dean Cundy, who has a world ranking inside the top 1,000, before finishing the set off at 11-7 in the fifth and deciding game.

Neil Wright also took a game off Adewale but the final result was, like all that had gone before, 2-0 to London Academy.

Finsbury duly won third place when beating the Slumlords (Anthony Ellis and David Ramsey) 2-0. Both sets were won 3-1 with Nashed beating Ellis and Fabien Mauroy victorious over Ramsey.

Ed Slot and Sam Ricks, posing as The Tactical Tictacs, improved on their finishing position from last year and eventually came fifth by virtue of a 2-0 win against a Godalming team that comprised of Rory Scott and Simon Vine.

One of the highlights of the tournament occurred in the preliminary round. Steve Buck and Steve Smith were allowed a scratch entry as a result of another team not appearing.

Buck and Smith lost 2-0 to the higher-ranked Corby Smash but then beat Welsh side LJ Faz, with Bucks victorious over Mark Farrow and Lynden Jones.

The defeated team then lost 2-1 to Corby, who ultimately found their way to finish seventh, while the other two sides kept on winning to eventually play one another in their final match.

This time LJ Faz were victorious and secured ninth spot overall. with Buck and Smith finishing in 10th place.

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