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School Sport: Redbridge duo serve up table tennis titles

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 February 2020

Samika Bansal, of Christchurch Primary, celebrates winning the under-11 girls' title (pic Stephen Pover)

Samika Bansal, of Christchurch Primary, celebrates winning the under-11 girls' title (pic Stephen Pover)

Stephen Pover

Two Redbridge youngsters served up singles titles at the Jack Petchey Schools’ Table Tennis Championships on Sunday.

Jesse Bath, of Wanstead High School, celebrates winning the under-16 boys' title (pic Stephen Pover)Jesse Bath, of Wanstead High School, celebrates winning the under-16 boys' title (pic Stephen Pover)

Christchurch Primary School pupil Samika Bansal, 10, won the under-11 girls' title after beating Alessia Pop 11-8, 11-8, 11-4.

And Wanstead High School's Jesse Bath, 15, won the under-16 boys' event with an 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 victory over Walid Bouzza, from Newham's Rokeby School.

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Both winners have been playing for two years and Bansal, who started after taking part in trials at school, said: "I found I was quite good at it and wanted to do better. It's different and like a new hobby.

"I like winning medals and that drives me on. The standard was good so I am pleased with myself that I won."

Bath, a member at Mossford, added: "I didn't drop a set and I'm very pleased with the way I played. This is my first time in this competition and I can't wait for the final."

The pair will compete in the next stage at UEL on April 4.


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