Rollercoaster ride for Josh as he claims bronze at National Champs

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Eastbourne table tennis talent Josh Bennett took bronze medal at the Under-13 Boys National Competition at the University of Wolverhampton.

Josh Bennett, of Willingdon Community School, was seeded seventh and had a good win in his group over Liam Grant of Surrey.

Josh was 10-5 down in the fifth and caught up and won 12-10.

In the last 16 he beat Jamie Dignum of Middlesex. He then met Robert Barker of Lancashire in the quarter-finals, who had knocked out the number-two seed.

Josh was 2-0 down against Robert but battled back and won 11-7 in the fifth.

The tables were reversed in the semi-final. when Josh raced into a 2-0 lead against Hugo Pang. However, Hugo fought back and took the match 3-2. Hugo went on to claim the national title.

Josh also reached the semi-finals of the U14 doubles with Luke Savill of Kent.

Younger sister Joelle Bennett, of Willindon Primary school, played in her first national tournament and played superbly to reach the last 16 of the U11 girls.

She lost to the number 1 seed and eventual winner Densie Payet.

Older brother Jack also returned Sunday evening from his international event, representing England.

Jack was thrilled to get 50 per cent in the team event to record the most wins out of the other three England plyaers.

He enjoyed good wins over players from Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Germany.

The six nation cadet tournament has been the highlight of Jack’s season and he relished the experience.

Jack said his most exciting match was playing Nolan Givone of France, who is ranked 26 in Europe.

Jack lost 11-8 in the fifth and the French became the overall sixnation winners.