Liam makes flying start at Euros

English National Table Tennis Championships at Ponds Forge......Mens Sngles Finals..In action Winner Liam Pitchford

English National Table Tennis Championships at Ponds Forge......Mens Sngles Finals..In action Winner Liam Pitchford

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Liam Pitchford took just 11 minutes to record his first victory at the European Team Championships to help England’s men get off to the perfect start.

The Chesterfield table tennis star saw off Gilles Michely 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-1) as he and his team-mates made it a clean sweep over Luxembourg in Lisbon.

Paul Drinkhall and Sam Walker made light work of Traian Ciociu and Eric Glod respectively yesterday, before the women’s team overcame Lithuania and Wales.

England’s men are back in action this morning (Thursday) at 10am when they take on Turkey.

The women then finish their group campaign against Azerbaijan, before the men’s final group match against Finland.