Perry signs for Whitworth

Sam Perry, currently ranked number 37 in the country, in action at the Matlock and District Table Tennis Association night at The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale.
Sam Perry, currently ranked number 37 in the country, in action at the Matlock and District Table Tennis Association night at The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale.
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by Brian Croasdale

In a surprise move, the Whitworth Academy has secured the services of England’s number 39 table tennis player Sam Perry for the upcoming National League season.

Previously with the Premier League outfit Sycamore 1 from Nottingham, he is to move to the Whitworth Academy and will represent the Matlock Table Tennis League in the Division Four South Midlands & West in Wellingborough this year.

The move was the culmination of talks between Whitworth Academy and Sam but the outcome has delighted the venue and will add more credence to their playing portfolio.

OK, so I am old and never that good a table tennis player anyway, but I know a good exponent of the art when I see one. It is not exaggerating to say that Graham Morson has been around a bit, but he has given a new meaning to the word “longevity”.

A Matlock champion way back, Graham can still do it when it matters. It was therefore interesting to watch his performance against Fiesteros Reborn this week.

Graham (three) had no trouble winning his three matches but his performance against Daniel Burton (one) when he won 11-8,11-9, 14-12, was nothing short of stimulating.

For the record, Scorpions won 8-2. John Davies (three) was unbeaten but all his matches went the full distance.

This was clearly no ordinary match. I began to realise when I received the scoresheet that it would be a cruel twist of fate if May B’s did not get something from this season. An impressive season so far from Sally May has made everyone excited about the May B’s prospects in general.

Talking of sound displays, this was the ultimate in Division Three matches as the top two faced each other at the Whitworth for the third and final time.

Standing at two sets apiece, the UnReliables went into the deciding doubles with some determination and would not give in. UnReliables took the set and the match 11-6, 11-13, 6-11, 14-12, 12-10.

Connor Davis was not talking much about Whitworth 1st’s chances against third placed Hit & Miss but they have recently showed a side to their game that hasn’t always been present. What a result as they cruised effortlessly to a 5-0 whitewash on Friday.

The tensions were evident throughout as Matlock Marauders took on bottom side The Power, David Tomlinson found little trouble picking up his two matches in relative comfort but with Tom Hobday and Joe Marsden both taking a match each it was left to the doubles to again decide the fixture. This went to the Marauders 11-8, 10-12,7-11,11-1,11-8 in another breathtaking fixture.

These are auspicious times to be a Matlock Table Tennis player and Sam Perry is just the latest, and hopefully not the last, of an increasing presence by the Matlock Table Tennis Association in Derbyshire and the country.