Bibby returns in style but can’t inspire a victory in Matlock Table Tennis League

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Glancing nonchalantly down the results this week I was glad to see that Shaun Bibby is back in action in the Matlock Table Tennis League.

Playing again for the Not So New Boys he took all of his matches in a desperate attempt to rescue his side’s flagging fortunes.

Despite this, however, the CCC were too strong in depth and two wins each for both Tony Gregory and Dave Kelly, plus a resolute performance from Dean Clayton, helped the CCC to the 6-4 victory.

“It ain’t what you do but the way that you do it” - thatphrase could be applied to Whitworth 1st who are slowly but surely cementing themselves near the top of Division One.

This week they had a largely untroubled match against Hopes Fulfilled, winning 10-0.

Can it really be true that the Hopes team are struggling so much this season?

Looking closely into this match revealed that they had only two players at their disposal with the weather preventing Tim Boothman travelling from Chapel en le Frith.

There was a moment late on Friday when I thought the Balls of Fury were going to pull off something really amazing but in truth the feeling didn’t last long.

Playing Rowsley ‘14 each of the Fury beat the luckless James Goodall but Sam Perry (3) and Jamie Smith(3) saw Rowsley home 7-3.

After Ian Dunsmore’s riveting win against David Molyneux last week he was brought back down to earth with a severe jolt against the Cavaliers.

He only won one match, as did captain Derek Northin. Andy Sykes kept the ‘Hoping’ side in it by beating both Terry Phillips (2) and RichardTymczak in straight games.

A five-game doubles win ensured a 5-5 draw and a share of the points.

In a result that will have surprised many, Thornton’s Sports went down 7-3 to Rapid Fire.

David Molyneux is a born fighter and after last week’s loss to Ian I applaud him for it.

Never really being troubled he beat the up and coming Connor Davies to win the match 11/8, 11/7,11/3.