By Brian Croasdale
It does not take long for Andrew Burton to name his best ever achievements but this week’s matches in the Cromford Summer Table Tennis League must be up there with the best.
Two matches played and two 5-0 wins only go to emphasise his side’s domination of the competition.
Firstly, Andy and his son Daniel beat the Detonators with neither Anthony or son Eddie able to cope with the skill of the Burtons.
Following this, they went out and best the Dalers in the late match beating Jackie Cullen and guest Tony Gregory with a little more difficulty but still by the maximum margin.
Match of the night was Rapid Fire’s close 3-2 defeat of the Pandys. Steve Molyneux’s (2) rapid climb up the rankings was evident and was again in scintillating form illustrated by his 8-11, 9-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-8 victory over the experienced Pat Thorley (1).
CrowKings had a rare victory over the Bucket Bangers with both Derek Marples and young Lucas King winning a game each. Nobody could cope with Dean Clayton (2) who will celebrate his 50th birthday this week in some style. It was left to a close five-game win in the doubles for CrowKings to secure the victory.
The Micks had a 5-0 success against the Jems, who had Whitworth’s Ian Dunmore standing in for the unavailable Jimmy Redfern. Ian did as well as could be expected but was still unable to wrestle a set from the seasoned Mick Padley and Mick Thorley.
LiverPooles won a tight match with Belper 3-2 who were represented this week by Mark Briddon (1) and Nathan Hallows. Mark’s five-game win over Peter Hamshaw was impressive, especially as Peter has been showing good form of late.
Ashley Emery, the Belper No 2, is also showing some improvement as the major winter season gradually creeps up on us.
At the Whitworth Academy, where only selected matches are still being played, the MayB’s beat Born Ready 4 1.
Bradley Vallance standing in for Warren Slaney showed great maturity beating the impressive Sam May in five close games.
Sides are reminded that the closing date for entries in this year’s winter league is on September 10, so hurry and make sure of your side’s participation.
The Burtons endeavour to play their table tennis with elegant ambition and who can argue with the approach of the Clay Cross team.