New school prevail over old school in exhibition TT matches 

—Old school’s Christophe defeat current national champion Franklin 2-0 

The new school team poses for a photo prior to the commencement of the exhibition affair

It was an electrifying atmosphere in the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall last evening as Guyana’s new school table tennis team brushed aside their old school counterparts 5-2 in a number of exhibition matches. 

 The most exciting match of the exhibition affair happened to be the final match of the evening which saw Guyana’s former 14-time champion Sydney Christophe of

the old school team, defeating the current men’s national champion Christopher Franklyn 2-0.

 Christophe who is also a former Caribbean champion reminded the small crowd of his table tennis prowess by taking the first set 11-4.

 He didn’t let up in second set and produced a performance which Franklin had no answer for, manufacturing excellent serves and returns to the delight of the crowd to win the second set and the match 11- 4.   The first match of the evening saw Stabroek News’ Sports editor Donald Duff of the old school unit being defeated by Joel Alleyne 0-2.

 Duff statred with a lot of energy which saw the first set being tied at 8 and 9 after the two had traded slams with Duff rolling back the years in excellent style before Alleyne took the match 11-9.

 Alleyne then came out strong in the second set to lead 6-0 and took the match 11-3 to send new school up 1– 0. 

 New school’s Nigel Bryan was now on the table against Andy Anderson and also defeated him 2-0. 

 Bryant in the first set led, 5-3 to eventually fare off a surge from Anderson to win the first 11-9 and the second with relative ease, 11-6. 

 The 2-0 theme of the evening in favour of the younger generation, continued when the new school pair of Franklyn and Shemar Britton downing Christophe and Godfrey Munroe by a similar score-line in the doubles category 11-4, 11-7.

 With the new school having a 3-0, organiser Chelsea Edghill continued her team’s winning ways after defeating Duff 2-0. 

 Edghill after trailing the first set 3-5 came from behind and won it 11-8 and the second 11-8 after Duff again held a 7-3 lead.

 Old School’s first win of the evening, came through the efforts of Anderson who defeated Natalie Cummings 7-11, 11-4, 11-4 while Britton defeated Munroe 11-7, 12-14, 11-8. 

 Meanwhile, Guyana’s team who will patriciate in this year’s Caribbean Mini-Cadet and Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championship, set for the Dominican Republic from August 26 – 31, defeated a select under – 15 team 4-1 in the earlier exhibition matches.

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