Two teams successfully defended their titles and there was a double triumph for Plymouth as the finals of the English Leagues Cup Competitions were played at Draycott over the weekend.
Overall, there were 30 teams from 15 leagues playing in the four competitions with eight finalists in three competitions and six in the junior girls.
On the Saturday, the competition started off with the Senior Men and Women.
The Wilmott Cup was won by Plymouth (Oliver Cornish and Dominic Sussex) who emerged victorious over Norwich (Neil Charles and Veton Zeqiri) in the final.
Third place went to Wembley & Harrow (Derek Abrefa, Agnelo Naik and Sujay Jagannathan) who defeated Guildford (Adam Laws and John Robinson).
The remaining positions were: 5 Nottingham, 6 Newbury, 7 Hull, 8 Northumbria.
In the JM Rose Bowl, the champions from 2022, Norwich, retained their title with Lauren Charles and Ella Barnard defeating Leicester (Karen Smith, Anna Wereszczaka and Jessica Birbeck) in the Final.
Third place went to Stockton (Karina Le Fevre and Ella Pashley) who beat Plymouth (Rachel Trevorrow and Yuki Gresswell).
The rest of the finishing order was: 5 Hull, 6 Nottingham, 7 Leamington, 8 Isle of Wight.
On the Sunday, the attention turned to the Junior Boys and Girls.
The Carter Cup was retained by Plymouth, champions in 2022, with Bailey Page and twins Hugo and Leo Nguyen winning over Wembley & Harrow (Max Radiven, Angad Saggu and Shayan Parmer).
Third place went to Northumbria (Oliver Ho and Leo Conn); Leamington (Rex Wong and Christopher Ho) conceded as a result of injury.
The remaining positions were: 5 Nottingham, 6 Liverpool, 7 Isle of Wight, 8 Leicester.
The Bromfield Trophy went to the players from the host club, representing Derby (Naomi Coker and Connie Dumelow), who overcame the 2022 champions Norwich (Ella Barnard and Eva Eccles).
Third place went to Leicester (Roma Morjaria, Catherine Lv and Eppie Southern) who defeated Loughborough (Millie Noble and Millie Ufton).
Leamington were fifth and Liverpool sixth.
There were some truly cracking matches – none more so that the Junior Boys’ group match between Leamington and Plymouth where the noise levels from the supporters reached considerable heights as a very close match concluded!
Our thanks go the host club Draycott, all the players, supporters and officials for contributing to a great weekend of table tennis where teams represented their Local Leagues – the bedrock of English table tennis.