Horsham’s Pound upsets the odds

CTSPORT: Sussex Junior Open winner Daniel Pound
CTSPORT: Sussex Junior Open winner Daniel Pound

Daniel Pound upset the form book to win the inaugural Sussex Masters Open junior table tennis tournament.

The 14-year-old eighth seed beat off opposition from across England to claim the £200 first place prize money at the junior competition in Crawley. After wins in his first four matches, Daniel thrashed top seed Daniel McTiernan, the number 25-ranked under-15 player in the UK 3-0 before further group wins against Andre Dunkley, Jamie Trevillion saw him top his group with a perfect record.

In the final group of four, Daniel had to beat Kent’s Brian Gray to be crowned champion. Daniel took the first set 13-11, and the pair traded sets until Daniel found himself 2-2 and 4-0 down in the fifth set but he secure the win with an 11-8 final set victory.

Tournament organiser Steve Pound, Daniel’s dad, said: “It was a brilliant achievement and is a great reward. I would like to thank sponsor Ray Hole Architects and Griffin Security & Technology for their support.”