Collins and Hutchinson are top two seeds ahead of Britannia Club event

Jake Collins will be one of the favourites for the men's event at the Britannia Table Tennis Club ev

Jake Collins will be one of the favourites for the men's event at the Britannia Table Tennis Club event.

Suffolk’s Premier domestic table tennis event, the Suffolk Closed Table Tennis Championships takes place this Sunday, at Britannia Table Tennis Club, on Defoe Road.

Open to players from leagues and clubs around the county, and those who wish to represent the county, this year’s participation has turned out to be the biggest for many years.

Multiple winners of the event, Jake Collins and Richard Hutchinson, are the number one and two seeds respectively, and it’s hard to see either not getting to the semi-finals at least.

There are eight groups of three players in the tournament with the top two going through to the last 16 stage,and the toughest group on paper looks to be the one containing Paul Broxton, Andrew Homes and Antonio Toril.

Another group to consider includes Andrew Dosher, Ian Brown and Antonio Beckles.

Holly Mcgerty is the top seed in what should be a round-robin event to decide the ladies’ title, but Clair Westlake, Natalie Wills, Karen Pengelly and Hannah Page will all have a say.

The Restricted Singles event boasts 23 players and any of seven players could lift the title with perhaps Ryan Moore the

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slight favourite. He is seeded two with James Davies-Stokes the top seed and Malcolm Collins and Andrew Holmes, numbers three and four respectively.

The under-21 singles event, on seeding, should be between top two seeds Kian Burgess and Daniel Shelly. However, brothers James and Luke Davies-Stokes should make it interesting.

The handicap singles has had to be restricted to 16 players due to so many entries, and is a popular event that sees players handicapped from minus-five to plus-22.

Twelve pairings make up the men’s doubles and the joint-top seeds are Jake and Malcolm Collins and Richard Hutchinson and Paul Broxton.

The mixed doubles, sees Jake Collins and Clair Westlake as the odds-on favourites, seeded one, with Daniel Shelly and Natalie Wills seeded two.

The action starts from 9am and spectators are welcome with no charge.

With four tables likely going down to three later on an early evening finish is anticipated for the event.

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