SALTCOATS table tennis ace Richard Main just missed out on major success after storming into the final of a national event for the first time in his career.

Richard was seeded eighth in the men's singles at the Scottish National Table Tennis Championships at the Bells Sports Centre in Perth last weekend and progressed through the group stages, only dropping a set.

In the last 16, North Ayrshire Table Tennis (NATTC) recruit Richard was up against Yaser Razouk of Drumchapel Glasgow, who won the under 18's title. Yaser won a close first set, but Richard won the next three sets to reach the quarter-finals.

He was up against number two seed Colin Dalgleish from Edinburgh. Richard started extremely well, winning the first two sets playing aggressive table tennis. However Colin levelled, winning the next two sets and after trailing 5-2 in the decider, Richard recovered well to win 11-7 to reach his first national semi-final.

He then faced Scott Barton, who had defeated Chris Wheeler 3-1 in another quarter final.

Richard proved too strong for Scott, winning 3-0 and to set up a final against 11-time champion Gavin Rumgay. After winning a close first set 11-8, Gavin was too experienced, especially off service and receive, winning 4-0 to clinch a record-equalling 12th title.

The beaten finalist also paired up with fellow NATTC player Jill Taylor in the mixed doubles, reaching the semi-finals.

Due to illness, Richard's brother Chris was unable to compete in Perth after being seeded sixth.

Jamie Johnson (11) from Stevenston reached the semi-finals of the under 13's boys event.

Jess Hogg from West Kilbride competed brilliantly in the under-13's girls event reaching the final. She represents Scotland in the British Primary School Championships in April.

NATTC host bottom of the table Halton away on Saturday with Sean Doherty, Richard Main, Chris Main and Andy MacPherson competing.