The First Division of the Matlock Table Tennis League is beginning to take shape after the first six weeks of the season, with Scorpions and Rowsley 14 battling it out at the top.
Defending champions Scorpions remain firm favourites for the title after successive wins by maximum points against Cavaliers and Detonators. But their eagerly-awaited clash against Rowsley on Wednesday, December 9, which should attract a good crowd, could be pivotal.
Rowsley beat Whitworth 7-3 in their latest match, which featured a clash of high-quality pace and top spin between Jaime Smith and Geoff Gill. The ruthless Rowsley player produced a succession of blistering shots from either wing to win in four games.
Whitworth were also involved in the match of the week, surprisingly going down 7-3 to rejuvenated Hopes Fulfilled, whose star performers included Isobel Ashley, John Davies and Louis Gay. In Division Two, Strutt Strikers remain top.
Twins Alison and Kyra Rodgers, who are based at the Whitworth Institute, were in the team that won the Derbyshire County Girls Championship. Meanwhile, table tennis enthusaists have been saddened to hear of the death of Jack Rice.