It’s tight at the top with trio level on points

Matlock & District League Round-up by Brian Croasdale

Playing local table tennis can only be described as one of sport’s greatest experiences that a potential player could ever have. If you like competition then this is the game to get involved in.

Take Division One, for instance. The first three teams are, after four matches, all level on points. Whitworth 1st, Rowsley Scorpions and Rowsley 14 all are locked on 11. This week Whitworth 1st beat Detonators 7-3, Rowsley 14 beat Cromford Not So New Boys by the same score and Scorpions were 9-1 victors over the CCC.

You cannot question any of his basic skills of Balls of Fury captain Eddy Parks but the jump up in class this year has been a leap too far at the moment.

Playing Hopes Fulfilled at Rowsley on Sunday they were predictably overwhelmed by the jump in class and lost 10-0.

One of the first names on the scoresheet of Thorntons Sports is Connor Davies. I confidently hope this lad will make the grade and I expect he will be playing top level table tennis within three years. His ability cannot be denied.

This week against Rapid Fire in Division Two he won two matches, just going down to the very talented David Molyneux (3). It was nice to see radley Vallance pull off a good victory over Steve Molyneux 7/11, 12/10, 11/6, 10/12, 11/9.

Crich St. Mary’s have individuals with bags of talent at their disposal and it was unfortunate that Steve Howard was away on business, however they had enough in their locker to just scrape a win over the Pommy A side.

Trevor Tayles (3) was the backbone of their effort and with David Smith winning (2) a win was just about deserved.

Mick Shimwell (2) was best of the home side as they surrended the victory 6-4.

Playing table tennis is about opportunity and JTO have taken theirs.

Graduating from the starter Division Three league they have now gone into Division Two and although they have not yet won a match they are consistently picking up sets, mainly at the hands of young Oliver Brown who again took the only set in a 9-1 defeat at Wessington. Keep in up lads!