Chesterfield’s Liam Pitchford claimed his fourth men’s singles title at the English National championships, held over the weekend at the Copper Box - London. Following a slow start, the form player, with recent victories over the world number 11 and 16 at the Team World Cup, dominated Worksop’s Sam Walker to win the encounter 4-1. Liam said “I came off the back of last week’s World Cup event and I probably brought my best Table Tennis to the final against Sam”.

The pair combined to reach the doubles final where they came unstuck against Paul Drinkhall and David McBeath, going down 11-8,11-6, 6-11, 11-1.

Pitchford did make it a double celebration by teaming up with the women’s champion Tin-Tin Ho to take the mixed doubles crown. In a titanic tussle with David McBeath and Kelly Sibley, “Pitch” and Tin-Tin emerged triumphant 11-9, 6-11, 8-11, 14-12, 12-10, having saved four match points! The two have paired up probably with a view to reaching for the top "mixed" spot at the Commonwealth Games to be held in the Gold Coast in April.