Matlock & District Table Tennis Round-up by Brian Croasdale
One of the more popular big-shot table tennis players of all time, namely Sam Perry from Birmingham, has again declared his intention of gracing local table tennis tables this season.
His first match of the year was to face Cromford CC and he had to be at his very best to guide his much-changed side to victory.
Gone is Warren Slaney and in comes James Goodall who was always going to find the step up in class tough but with Jamie Smith still present the 6-4 win was just about deserved.
Perry won his sets in straight games and Smith only had trouble with Cromford captain Tony Gregory who took him to five sets.
I’ve always felt sympathetic toward players who have to face the might of Rowsley Scorpions but even Hopes Fulfilled were surprised at the strength of their side on Sunday.
Jake Meikle, Mike Bradbury and Richard Element were the opposition which accounts for the very clear cut 10-0 scoreline.
Here’s an unexpected thought - Still Hoping for promotion this season? Faced with Crich St. Mary’s, new signings Andrew Sykes and Paul Coles showed their class although Sykes was beaten in five by the experianced Trevor Tayles. Ian Dunsmore chipped in with two sets to give the side a good start with a classic 7-3 win.
For players who prefer their matches with a heavy dollop of the unexpected try the Cromford Cavaliers match with Strutts Strikers. Cavaliers won as expected with a 9-1 scoreline but it was a pleasant night for Strutts captain Derek Pepperill who gained an unexpected 3-0 win over the Cavaliers captain Richard Tymczak.
I have always assumed Pommy would be one of the sides who would just do enough to stay out of the drop zone. In their first match against LiverPooles they were surprisingly 6-4 winners.
I know they have lost valuable playing members this time out but they have signed Anthony Gregory who only won one. Mark Swindell (3) was the mainstay of Pommy’s efforts backed up by Mick Shimwell (2).
You never get tired of watching youngsters trying to make the grade and a classic Division Two opener between Thorntons Sports and new boys JTO was just that.
Gone are the days when young players were content to just play socially and all tjeu seem to want is to be involved.
Thorntons won easily 10-0 and JTO have clearly work to do.