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Sam Chesterman takes double medal delight at Table Tennis Senior Schools' International




Sam Chesterman on the top step of the podium at the Table Tennis Senior Schools' International. Picture: Guernsey Table Tennis Association (13287335)
Sam Chesterman on the top step of the podium at the Table Tennis Senior Schools' International. Picture: Guernsey Table Tennis Association (13287335)

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.



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