Brancaster youngster Mollie Patterson shakes off illness to win silver at Junior National Cup

Mollie Patterson in action in the Junior National Cup. Picture: John Upham

Mollie Patterson in action in the Junior National Cup. Picture: John Upham - Credit: Archant

Mollie Patterson recovered from illness to win silver at a top national table tennis competition.

The 14-year-old, from Brancaster Staithe, had been off school for a couple of days prior to the Junior National Cup this weekend.

But she battled back to win all but one of her matches at the event in Milton Keynes, which is a round-robin tournament for the top players in the national junior rankings. The only match she lost was to top seed and eventual champion Denise Payet, but she ran her close before Payet won it 4-2 (11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 3-11, 11-3, 11-8).

Patterson played particularly well to upset second seed Kate Cheer 4-1 (6-11, 13-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-2). Patterson, who attends the national Talent Academy at Ackworth School in Pontefract, said: 'I'm very happy. I really like this tournament because you get to play all the best players. I played well against Denise but I made just a few errors which cost me the match.'

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