Rasen Racers rise to the occasion

TABLE TOPPING TRIO: Nick, Thomas and James Keast with their National English Table Tennis Association medals.
TABLE TOPPING TRIO: Nick, Thomas and James Keast with their National English Table Tennis Association medals.

RASEN Racers – consisting of three young brothers, all pupils of De-Aston School and living in Market Rasen - exceeded all expectations by finishing runners-up in the Premier Division team event of the National Cadet League for table tennis played at Wellingborough over four weekends.

The enthusiastic and talented team improved as the season went on and the final weekend produced some outstanding individual performances.

A remarkable win by one of the 13-year-old twins, James Keast, over England ranked No 18, Nathan Butler, inspired fellow twin Thomas and younger brother Nich, 11, to produce outstanding results too.

James followed up his win over Nathan with wins against Aman Rashid from Draycott A, Scott Neave and Henry Simmons from Bedford Modern A, all ranked well above him.

Thomas also beat Aman and England ranked Paul Lilley from the Bedford Modern side.

Nick contributed with vital wins in four of the five matches, losing two only to the eventual winning team Rugby, who won all their matches except for the draw against Rasen Racers.

James and Thomas’s performances for this year resulted in their selection for the Lincolnshire Junior U18 team in the absence of the County’s top three players.

However, their table tennis bats will soon be put back in their covers as the three boys concentrate on cricket, representing the school, Market Rasen Cricket Club and Lincolnshire County cricket teams in their respective age groups.

Next season, the twins will play in the Junior British League, with Nick concentrating on the National Cadet League.

Recently Nick, representing the East Midlands, qualified for the National U11-U14 Championships to be played in June.