Paul Cicchelli – Open Singles Winner

The Lancashire Closed Table Tennis Championships were held at Garstang Community Academy over the weekend of 30th/31st May 2015.

A great entry of over 70 competitors took part over the two days in Junior, Veterans & Ladies events on the Saturday and Senior events on the Sunday.


The Open Junior Singles was won by Amirul Hussain over Daniel Olsberg.

Daniel then went on to win the Junior Banded event over Michael Lennon.

The Veterans Singles was won by Thomas Haddley against Steve Scowcroft and the Over 50’s by David Griffith against Steve Green.

The Ladies and Junior Girls Singles were both won by Beth Farnworth over Fliss Pickard and Alice Dillon respectively.


The Open Singles saw the top 4 seeds progress through to the semi-finals. In the first semi-final, Jack Dempsey progressed through to the final with a 3-1 win over Charles Musa, whilst the second semi-final saw a very close win for Paul Cicchelli (13-11 in the 5th game) over Thomas Haddley. Paul then went on to win the final with a 3-1 victory over Jack to take the winner’s prize.

The Open Doubles resulted in the pairing of Jack Dempsey & Steve Green gaining a 3-0 victory over Thomas Haddley & Steve Scowcroft.

The Open Singles Banded event final saw a 3-0 win for Nick Mooney over Miles Benjamin, but only after Nick had several tense 3-2 wins in the earlier rounds.

Apart from the Open Doubles, which was a straight knockout events, all the other events on both days started with Groups of 3 or 4 competitors.

A marvellous days table tennis and a great opportunity to compete against players from other Lancashire Leagues, thanks to Jim Bolton for organising and Garstang TTC for providing an excellent venue and refreshments during the weekend.

Click here to view photos from the competition (thanks to Graham Coupe). See you next year!


Open Singles Paul Cicchelli  bt Jack Dempsey 3-1
Open Singles Banded Nick Mooney bt Miles Benjamin 3-0
Open Doubles

Jack Dempsey & Steve Green bt

Thomas Haddley & Steve Scowcroft 3-0

Veterans Singles Thomas Haddley bt Steve Scowcroft 3-1
Veterans Over 50’s Singles David Griffith bt Steve Green 3-1
Open Junior Singles Amirul Hussain bt Daniel Olsberg 3-0
Open Junior Banded Singles Daniel Olsberg bt Michael Lennon 3-1
Ladies Singles

Beth Farnworth: Group Winner

Fliss Pickard: Group Runner-up

Junior Girls Singles

Beth Farnworth: Group Winner

Alice Dillon: Group Runner-up

Dave Goulden – Lancs County Sec