SCHOOLS from Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport took part in the annual schools team competition at All Saints School.

The teams were split into three divisions according to age and ability, which gave opportunities to players ranging from primary school beginners to Dorset county players.

The Budmouth A team of Jed Brackenridge and Ben Howe won Division One by a convincing margin, both players only losing one out of eight matches.

A Wey Valley/Thomas Hardye combination of Ethan Bingham and Edith Dedman finished as runners-up, just one point ahead of the All Saints A pairing of Ollie James and Ethan Clark.

This was largely helped by an excellent win for Dedman over Howe.

In Division Two, the top three teams all finished within four points of each other.

The Budmouth C team of Sam Melhuish and George Ackerley won the division thanks to wins over closest rivals Wey Valley B (6-5) and All Saints B (6-3).

Ackerley was undefeated over his eight matches.

All Saints B, Tom Hepburn and Jean Baker, finished as runners-up after a good win over third-placed Wey Valley B’s Joe Bingham and Lewis Sumption.

Division Three included players from primary schools Holy Trinity, Portesham, Puddletown, Dorchester Middle and St Osmund’s and beginners from Budmouth and All Saints.

It was a Dorchester combination of Daniel Scotchmer (Dorchester Middle) and Alfie Wade (St Osmund’s) that won the division following a last-match 5-4 triumph over Holy Trinity pair, Zach Barras and Liam Clark.

An All Saints/Puddletown combination of Ben Chen and Louis Stoker finished third.

Budmouth College were presented with the Ron Burke Memorial Trophy for the overall champion school.

Weymouth League chairman, Neil Hardisty, presented the trophies and praised the increasing standard of local youth table tennis and also the important support from parents who take to training and competitions.

Weymouth and Dorchester teams are looking for new boys and girls to join squads for next season.

For those looking to play more table tennis at any level, contact Andy Millar (a.millar212@gmail.com or 07710507075).