Nomads proved what a force they could be in division two of the Braintree Table Tennis League when they thumped erstwhile leaders Black Notley B 9-1.
Kevin Saunders, Richard Kemp and Ken Lewis were in action together for only the second time this season and Notley had little answer to them.
Sean Clift saved some face by beating Saunders, who had beaten him in their first encounter this season, but Saunders and Kemp gained revenge over Gordon Fairchild, who had proved a stumbling block in their first meeting.
Apart from Clift’s win, the closest Notley came was in Dave Parker’s mammoth battle with Lewis where he succumbed only at 12-10,11-6, 10-12, 13-15, 11-9.
It was only Notley’s second defeat of the season – the first was in their first meeting with Nomads – and it meant they slipped further behind their C own team at the top.
The C team beat Notley D 10-0.
Significant results were not limited to the top of the division.
Having lost all nine fixtures in the season’s first phase, Hedingham Lions started phase two in much better heart with a 7-3 win over Felsted B, a match in which six sets went the full five games.
It was a particular landmark for Steve Willis. In his fourth season in division two, he remained unbeaten for the first time.
Dave Marsh and Paul Mitchell took seven sets between them as Rayne F beat Felsted RBL A 7-3.
There was a first win too for Lions’ neighbours Sible Hedingham in division one. They doubled their points tally with a 6-4 win over Rayne C, who replace them in last place.
Richard Jennings was unbeaten.
At the top, the Hayden brothers Ian and Peter made only their second appearance for Liberal A, but it was as if they had never been away as Rayne A were sunk 10-0.
Steve Kerns was also unbeaten for Notley A, but Netts B took the rest.
Brian Riedling and Hector Rogers won twice each for Rayne D and John Cleasby and Andy Holmes twice each for Netts C as the two teams fought out a draw.
Parity was maintained at the top of division three where the top two, Felsted C and Notley E, both won 8-2, against Netts D and Notley I respectively.
Leon Hewitt held Notley F together in their draw with the club’s G team. He won his three singles and partnered Patrick Bugg to a win in the doubles.
Steve Baines’ win over Brian Dixon was Notley H’s only consolation in their 9-1 defeat by Rayne H.