Bath Street Marine Table Tennis Club are guaranteed to win their seventh Frank Murphy Handicap Cup as BSM 4 and BSM 5 meet in the final tonight (April 24).

The two sides will face off after victories in two closely fought semi finals against Merseyside Police 1 and Maghull 4.

The Frank Murphy Handicap cup is a competition for players over the age of 40, and 26 teams entered this season, six of which were from BSM.

The final will take place at the BSM table tennis club at 7:30pm.

BSM are the most successful club in this tournament, and from the seven cup wins, five of the occasions have involved two teams from the club in the final.

Colin Turner, captain of BSM4, will be hoping to win the trophy for the third successive year.

He said: “I’m feeling very positive, we’ve had a brilliant season as a team in the league and we are on a good roll and we know our opponents very well but they know us as well

“It will be a nice competitive friendly atmosphere, and there will be some rivalry but for whoever wins it, it will be a laugh nonetheless and a handshake at the end.”

Bath Street Marine Table Tennis has been running since 1948 and is a Table Tennis England premier club, and encourages people to take part at both competitive and recreational levels.

Andrew Armstrong, skipper of BSM5, spoke about the importance of table tennis, especially for the older generation.

He said: “Cognitively it’s great, we have people that are older who come along just for keeping active physically and mentally

“It’s also a nice atmosphere for them to come and play, and socialise over a bite to eat”.

The club currently have around 120 adults and 30 juniors who play for the team, and is open and accessible 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

In the 2023/2024 season the club had 11 teams in Liverpool League at every level, including three junior teams.