Nation’s top youngsters are coming to Wellingborough

Northamptonshire's Alex Ramsden will be aiming for success at this weekend's East Midlands Four-Star table tennis tournament in Wellingborough

Northamptonshire's Alex Ramsden will be aiming for success at this weekend's East Midlands Four-Star table tennis tournament in Wellingborough

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Young table tennis stars from all over the country are descending on Wellingborough this weekend.

Some of the brightest talent from around the United Kingdom will be contesting the East Midlands Four-Star held at Weavers Leisure Centre with 270 junior players expected.

Top seed in the main junior boy’s competition is Alec Ward from Cleveland.

However, Northamptonshire Young Sportsman of the Year Alex Ramsden - who is ranked England Junior number seven - has the second seeding and will be hopeful of lifting the title.

He should have every chance should he reproduce the form he showed at last weekend’s National Junior Masters tournament where he beat England second and third-ranked Juniors who are both three years older than himself.

In the girl’s event, Wellingborough’s Nicole Bird is seeded five - from her national ranking position of eight - and has a good chance of causing some upsets and if she can maintain a consistent level of performance.

Other local players looking to improve their rankings are Richie Bailey, Bhavika Mistry and Ben Tombs.

Play starts at 8.45am on both Saturday and Sunday with the finals to be played at around 6.30pm.

Spectators are welcome and entrance is free.