Nerves get the better of Daniel Bullen in thrilling School Games final

Daniel Bullen of St Neots (right) in action during the wheelchair table tennis final at the School G

Daniel Bullen of St Neots (right) in action during the wheelchair table tennis final at the School Games. - Credit: Archant

Daniel Bullen admitted he was ‘very upset’ to miss out on gold in a pulsating wheelchair competition at the School Games.

Runner-up Daniel Bullen (left) on the podium with winner Cellan Hall (centre) and bronze medallist A

Runner-up Daniel Bullen (left) on the podium with winner Cellan Hall (centre) and bronze medallist Andrew Greene (right). - Credit: Archant

The 18-year-old St Neots player, representing England Midlands, was in a round-robin competition as he sought to defend the title he won last year.

And the finale in Loughborough saw him and the other unbeaten competitor, Cellan Hall of Wales, meet in a pulsating clash.

Bullen saw his opponent save no fewer than nine match points across two sets as he could not quite get over the line.

And Hall took his own second match point to complete a 3-2 (8-11, 11-9, 2-11, 16-14, 15-13) victory.

Bullen said: “I’m very upset, I think I lost it more than he won it. He did play well, but nerves got the better of me.”