Josh into nationals after first place finish

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Promising young table tennis player Josh Bennett took first place at the SE region qualifier for the Junior Nationals last week.

Josh, 13, was seeded first and lived up to his seeding with a comfortable six wins out of six in his first group, agaisnt under 18 Junior players from all over Kent and Sussex.

Josh went into the top group final, with the other five players who had come first or second in their groups and kept his unbeaten record throughout the day.

Josh had his toughest match against Jack Merton of Kent winning 3-2 and overcame fellow top Sussex players, who were seeded two and three, Daniel Pound 3-1 and Adam Correll 3-1

Josh now qualifies to play in the National Under 18 championships in November and play singles and doubles with big brother Jack.

Jack, aged 15, was exempt from playing in the qualifications.

This is because of his England ranking of number 11 in the Under 18 age group.

Josh will also play in the national cadet finals. He did not need to play a prequalifying tournament for this as he is already ranked number 11 in England for the Under 15s.