Joy for Jack at table tennis national champs

Jack Bennett
Jack Bennett
  • Bennett takes a set off Commonwealth Games gold medallist Drinkhall
  • Epic seven set victory in previous round
  • Pride for Bennett at Table Tennis english National Championships

Eastbourne student Jack Bennett was delighted to take a set off top seed and world No 37 Paul Drinkhall when the pair met at the English National Championships.

The 17-year-old earned a crack at Commonwealth Games gold medallist Drinkhall with an epic seven-set success against fellow Junior player Luke Savill, coming from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 before keeping his nose in front in a 4-3 (-8, 8, 7, -8, 10, -9, 6) win.

I just wanted to get in and give it a go and had nothing to lose

And Bennett took the fourth set off Drinkhall in the second round clash before bowing out 4-1 (5-11, 7-11, 4-11, 11-9, 5-11).

Bennett, the No 10 Junior in England, said: “That was hard. He controls everything, you’re fighting for everything and you just have to keep fighting and look to get in.

“When I had game point (in the fourth) I just wanted to get in and give it a go and had nothing to lose. It was a very good experience.”