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Fair Play Award, David McBeath Rewarded for Example Set in Surat
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

David McBeath gained the "Fair Play" award  Photo By: Umang Gajjar

12/21/2015        2015 20th Commonwealth Championships (Click here to access this section)

A silver medal in the Men’s Team event alongside Helshan Weerasinghe, Tom Jarvis and Alexander Ramsden but not the best of fortunes in the Men’s Singles competition when beaten by the host nation’s Amalraj Anthony; there was a golden lining for England’s David McBeath when proceedings closed at the 20th Commonwealth Championships in Surat, India on Monday 21st December.

The 23 year old received the “Fair Play” award.

“I'm very honoured that they have recognised my sportsmanship and that this has not gone unnoticed”, said David McBeath who hails from Southampton on the south coast of England.

Unsure at Start
“In the beginning I wasn’t too sure how I was going to go because I felt a slight niggle in my shoulder but once I got started I actually felt quite good.”, added David McBeath, as he reflected on the whole six days of proceedings.

“I think the result against Singapore was fairly unexpected”, he continued.

In the concluding second stage group contest, England, the no.3 seeds, had beaten Singapore, the top seeds by three matches to two. It meant England progressed to the final; for Singapore it was a duel against Northern Ireland for third place.

Notably in that contest David McBeath accounted for Chen Feng in the opening contest (11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9) to set England on the road to victory; later in the engagement he was to lose to Li Hu (11-2, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9) but the opening success was pivotal. It set the tone.

Young Team
“Especially with a young team, everyone was expecting we probably weren’t going to make it past that match, so to win that was good and we all got one point each, which was a massive team effort”, continued David McBeath.

Notably neither Paul Drinkhall nor Liam Pitchford, England’s established top two players, were included in the Surat selection; thus for the likes of David McBeath it was a quite severe test.

Against Singapore the young lions certainly showed their mettle; in addition to the success recorded by David McBeath, Tom Jarvis accounted for Clarence Chew in the third match of the fixture (11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5) before Helshan Weerasinghe emerged the hero of the hour.

In the vital concluding match of the fixture, he accounted for Chen Feng (7-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7).

Good Chance
“In the final against India, I think I had a good chance to win my second match but having said that everyone put in quite a good performance, especially the young lads should be proud of themselves.”

A three-one defeat was the end result, with David McBeath, the one English winner; he accounted for Harmeet Desai in the opening match of the fixture (9-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9), before losing to Soumyajit Ghosh (11-8, 11-13, 11-9, 11-8) in the fourth match, the contest that ending the fixture.

“In the singles, I was a bit disappointed; I definitely had a good shout to go quite far”, concluded David McBeath. “I feel like I didn’t play as smart as I could have done but I gave it everything and I didn’t give up; overall I’m quite happy with how I played."

Amalraj Anthony, against whom David McBeath experienced a second round Men’s Singles defeat (9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4, 11-4), finished proceedings as the Men’s Singles silver medallist; he was a most worthy adversary.



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