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No-one could stop Noah on rainy day in Manchester

31 July 2002

A man with a name like Hubert Sylvain Noah Essomba must be welcomed on a rainy Manchester day, except if you are playing him at table tennis.

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In the men's singles qualification group matches, the unranked star left Ravi Bhurton of Mauritius, 60th in the Commonwealth, and unranked Deighton King of St. Vincent and the Grenadines stranded, both in three games.

Another unseeded star among the unranked in the tournament, Dexter St Louis of Trinidad and Tobago, cruised home 4,6 and 7 against counterpart Ali Rashid of the Maldives.

Meanwhile, Cypriot George Televantos took Northern Ireland number three Andrew Dennison to five, equalising after conceding the first two, before being overwhelmed in the final game 2-11.

In the group format, where players meet a number of opponents, there were double triumphs for Asim Qureshi of Pakistan, Jamaica's Christopher Marsh, Daryl Strong of Northern Ireland, Scotland's Niall Cameron and Barbados' Shannon Douglin.

In the women's singles, a five-gamer went to Nandita Saha of India against Trinidad and Tobago's Rheann Chung, but there was disappointment for Scotland's No 1 Claire Bentley as she went down in three to the unranked Australian Jian Fang Lay.

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