League tables mean little after two matches, but few eyebrows would be raised if the current top three in the Braintree Table Tennis League are still there at the end of the season.
Champions Liberal A lead with 17 points after their 7-3 win over a strong Netts B side of James Hicks, Tony Reardon and Maria Boulton. Peter Hayden and Scott Dowsett were both unbeaten.
Netts’ A team follow them with 16 points after their 9-1 win over Liberal B where Simon Webber’s win over Alistair Hill was the only one to elude them.
And Rayne A are tucked in in third place on 15 after a 10-0 win over Felsted RBL A, which followed their earlier draw with Liberal B.
Rayne’s B and D teams come next on 14 points and it was the D team who came out best when the two met. Adam Buxton’s three singles guided them to a 6-4 win.
Rayne C, who came close to relegation last year, took steps to avoid that fate this year with a 7-3 win over Black Notley A. Richard Whiteside and Keith Martin were unbeaten.
Notley B jumped to the head of the division two table with a 10-0 win over Hedingham Lions while title favourites Sible Hedingham were held to a draw by Liberal C and restricted to a 7-3 win over Notley E.
Steve Noble, making his debut for Notley E, took all three.
Liberal C’s 7-3 win over Notley D put them in joint second place with Hedingham, and also with Rayne E, who beat Rayne F 7-3, and Notley C, who had a win by the same score over Nomads.
Dave Moles was undefeated for Rayne E as was Matt Wallace for Notley C.
Rayne G in division three are the only team yet to drop a point. Their second 10-0 win came at the expense of Felsted C and was notable for a return to the game of Paul Lombardi after an absence of some years.
He soon made up for that by making two appearances in one week, turning out later for Rayne’s I team, where he again won his three singles in helping them beat Notley F 6-4.
Curiously, after only two matches, Rayne G are the only team to have won twice.
Like Felsted C and Notley F, who both won their first matches, Rayne H failed to find the winning formula second time round. They went down 7-3 to Notley G for whom Adam Clift won three and Paul Martin, brother of Keith and new to competitive table tennis this season, won twice.