Some hotly contested matches in Division Two of the Hastings & District Table Tennis League left four teams level on points at the top of the table.
Bexhill E were unceremoniously dumped from the top spot with a surprising 9-1 defeat to Bexhill G who now share the lead. The G side had three wins from Chris Hack and John Bradbury and two from Harry French.
Hastings Academy E lead on sets after beating Hastings Academy H 6-4 with two wins each from Graham Deeprose, Terry Dean and Chelsea Britt, making her season’s debut. Jamie Martin was unbeaten for the H side who were level at 4-4 before fading.
The only unbeaten side in the division are Nalgo A who edged out Bexhill F 6-4 with another Paul Hyland maximum and two for Mike Courtnage. Dan Starnes won two for Bexhill and Courtnage took the deciding set, beating Frank Brown in five after trailing 1-2.
Andy Brown’s maximum was decisive for Tackleway E as they scraped past Tackleway D 6-4, with Alan Blackman and Keith Lindsay both winning twice for the losers.
In Division One, Academy D continued their good start with an 8-2 defeat of Academy F when Nick Standen and Andrew Martin were unbeaten. After trailing 0-6, the F side nearly stole a point only for Standen to hold his nerve at 12-10 in the fifth against Mick Hart.
Paul Barry and Ryan Heselden both won three times for Academy A as they beat Academy C 8-2.
Bexhill A beat Bexhill B 9-1 to snatch the lead from Academy A by a solitary set.
Bexhill A had maximums from new signing Anthony Sidoli and Ryan Warner and two from Tina Beaney, although Warner twice had to come from 1-2 down to win.
Monarchs B and Tackleway F share the lead in Division Three after both won 9-1.
Monarchs won at Hollington D with Peter Harding and Andrew Edwards unbeaten and Dave Turnbull winning two.
Tackleway F’s win against Tackleway G came courtesy of three wins for Steve Milton and Peter Saunders and two for Brian Leggett.