by Brian Croasdale
These are salad days for Burtons as that winning feeling stretched into their latest match. They retained their Cromford Summer Table Tennis League Championship with an unbeaten run.
Organiser Tony Gregory thought he had pulled a masterstroke by playing Matlock champion Mike Bradbury against them last week but not a bit of it as both Andy and son Daniel beat Mike. Indeed, a gracious Mike was quoted as saying “they both played very well, especially Andrew who must be playing some of his best table tennis ever.”
Dalers had a welcome return to winning ways, beating Posties 3-2. Keith Bradshaw was again unbeaten, the only player in the competition with an unblemished record. Will Doxey had a good win over Glen Freeman who responded with a five-game victory over Andy Hodgkinson.
Crow Kings are determined not to finish bottom and had to win by 4-1 or better to overhaul LiverPooles. This they achieved with a 4-1 result with a further match still to play.
Second-placed The Mikes won a narrow one against Bucket Bangers 3-2. Unbeaten on the night, Mick Padley (2) was joined by Whitworth’s Ian Dunmore (1) who had a good win over Eddy Gregory.
Rapid Fire had an impressive 4-1 result against Belper. Father and son Steve and David Molyneux have come on in leaps and bounds this summer and no wonder they are to move up a division this winter. At the Whitworth, Pensioners completed a 4-1 rout over 2 Balls of Fury.
Derek Northin won both his games and will be a considerable asset for the Ever Hopefuls.
The MayB’s took their match with Wacca Wacca 3-2.
The highly-rated youngster Tom Tate suffered a surprise loss to Sally May in three straight games although Sally has been showing good form of late.
Can I remind everyone that the National League kicks off this weekend with the Whitworth Academy playing down in Wellingborough.
Burtons may have taken the Cromford title but that is not to say the excitement has been drained from proceedings. There is still much to play for.