It was the former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill who famously quoted : “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”.
Far be it from me to compare his inspirational words with table tennis but they did spring to mind during this week’s action.
At the Whitworth Academy on Friday, we had the sad sight of a player who could not cope with the pressure of a handicap, so much so he conceded two matches easily to the opposition, losing his 100 per cent record along the way. I am sure he will bounce back from this as he is shrewd, decisive and usually dependable and I hope this was only a rare occurrence.
Back to happier things and the Cromford Summer League continues in fine style with the Burtons still on top despite them being on holiday for the last two weeks and this is surely a measure of their ability.
In this week’s action, The Pandy’s had a good night and with two fixtures to contend with they won them both. Firstly they beat the Crow Kings 4-1 with Pat Thorley unbeaten the pick of her wins being a 11-6, 12-10, 11-9 victory over the experienced Derek Marples (1).
She was supported this week by Posties’ Andy Hodgkinson who did well to beat Matthew Crowe in five games.
The more difficult second fixture was against the Detonators which ended up 3-2 to the Pandy’s.
Good win this despite a fine perfomance by young Eddie Gregory who won both points. A fine match this with four out of the five sets going the full distance.
Rapid Fire gained a 5-0 result against Dalers with the former now topping the Whitworth Academy Summer League.
Rather suprising this result as Dalers are a second division outfit during the winter and Rapid Fire played third division last season. Both David and Steve Molyneux are now looking outstanding players.
Jems gained a 4 - 1 victory over Belper who had Whitworth’s Ian Dunmore guesting.
The Coles/Redfern were just to strong for the Belper outfit although Ian did wrestle a close decision over Jimmy Redfern.
The Bucket Bangers had a welcome 3-2 win over The Crommy’s who seem to have faded after a promising start.
The Crommy’s pairing of Nathan Hallows and Mark Briddon both had wins over Julian Webster but neither could cope with the masterful Dean Clayton (2).
It was over to Whitworth on Friday and Long & Short completed a 5-0 whitewash against Whitworth Legends. Father and son pairing Bob and Adam Lovell took very little time to beat the Legends in a ruthless performance.
The top match of the night was the Pensioners v Spin 2 Win fixture.
Derek Northin (2) was irrepressible and won his matches comfortably and with Ian Dunmore picking up a set over George Knowles the 4-1 win was just about justified.
The MayB’s had a decisive 4-1 result against Hit & Miss. This is a good side who look like joining the Division Three set-up during the winter.
Mother and son combination of Sally and Sam May will hold their own comfortably as illustrated when Sam beat the experienced Dave Oakley (1) in four.
Leaders Rapid Fire took a grip on the title by moving into top position after a 5-0 whitewash of Wacca Wacca.
Steve and David Molyneux had little trouble in this game and deserved their victory.
Favourites don’t always win and this week was a typical example of that.