Sam Chesterman takes double medal delight at Table Tennis Senior Schools' International
Sam Chesterman was on the medal charge at the Senior Schools’ International in Guernsey.
The 17-year-old Cambridge-based player was representing England against competitors from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Jersey, the Isle of Man and host country Guernsey in the under-18 boys’ event.
In the quarter-finals, Chesterman defeated Scotland’s Danny Bajwa 3-0 (11-5, 14-12, 11-9) to set up a last four clash with fellow Scot Dylan Curry.
A 3-2 win (11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8) saw him progress to the final, where he faced England team-mate Naphat Boonyaprapa.
Chesterman recovered from losing the opening set to earn the
gold medal with a 3-1 triumph(8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7).
The wins over Bajwa and Curry were revenge for the team semi-finals as, representing England B with Peter Smallcombe, they lost 3-2 to the Scots.
They had reached the last four by topping their group after 5-0 wins against Jersey and Wales.
Chesterman and Smallcombe bounced back in the bronze play-off match against Ireland.
Smallcombe won 3-1 against Conor Nugent, Chesterman triumphed 3-1 against Alan Pattison, but Ireland levelled the match by taking the doubles and with Pattison’s victory over Smallcombe.
Chesterton proved too strong for Nugent though, and his 3-0 success sealed the bronze medal.