World and Paralympic champions were among the players from 14 countries who battled for honours at Watford Central Leisure Centre last weekend in Britain’s first Teqpong event.

Teqpong is a new sport, which is closely related to table tennis but played on a convex rather than flat table, which produces a more variable bounce.

After gruelling day of matches, the final was played by 2012 Paralympic table tennis champion Peter Palos and Andrew Baggeley, the three-time winner of the ping pong world championships.

In the best-of-seven match, Baggeley, 36, came out of the blocks quick in the first two games to establish a 2-0 lead. However, Palos, 34, from Hungary, came back from a 6-2 deficit to take the next game 8-7.

Baggeley then responded by taking the fourth game 8-5 giving him a 3-1 lead, just one game away from victory, but Palos was undeterred and won the next three games to win the title.

This Teqpong challenger event was a preparation event for the first ever Teqpong World Championships, which will be held in Budapest next month.