by Brian Croasdale
If David Tomlinson does not convert his current form for Matlock Marauders into a haul of trophies soon, then some eyebrows will be raised.
He is amazing and has a dry sense of humour that belies his true ability as a player.
In his recent match against Division Three leaders May B’s, for example, he combined his jovial nature with a ruthless performance and helped his side to a stunning 3-2 win.
David beat both the Mays in a performance that made everyone in table tennis stand up and take notice. Matlock Marauders may be situated in a lowly league position but this is one player who will not lie down. More from him later, I am sure.
Ever Hopefuls are now mounting a charge up the Division Two table with two stunning victories both over the luckless Pommy side.
Both Louis Gay and Phillip Fisher were unbeaten and, with Ian Dunsmore chipping in, they are now beginning to show what they are capable of. Important matches are coming up for the Hopefuls, who face all three of their major rivals in the next few weeks.
Desperate to make up for lost time, both Cromford Cavaliers and Detonators produced performances which caught the eye this week.
Cromford Cavaliers beat Rapid Fire 9-1 while Detonators completed a 10-0 whitewash over Wessington. Peter Hamshaw and Andy Hodgkinson were both unbeaten for the Cavaliers, who had Steve Molyneux to thank in preventing the whitewash when he beat Andreas Lee 12-10, 8-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8.
If Detonators continue to play like they do, then promotion to the top flight will be inevitable. Anthony Gregory was the only Detonators’ player to drop a game in a team performance that was as ruthless as it was perfect.
Eddie Gregory admits he has his eyes on the top division come the start of next season. Balls of Fury played out a 7 -3 win over Crich St. Mary’s and although all of the Fury managed two sets each, no one could master the exciting Steve Howard who won his three matches in emphatic style.
One of the things that strike you about Whitworth 1st is the continuing progress of young Luke Harris.
This week, he took all his matches against, Cabers beating the experienced Chris Long in five, a man who has been putting together some good results of his own.
Conner Davis picked up one set and then helped Luke to take the doubles and the fixture 4 - 1.
David Tomlison is a player in his element.
Table tennis is often about suffering and disappointment but David really looks a player of rare ability and is a credit to the Marauders team from Cromford.