AFTER four weeks of competition, the North Cornwall Table Tennis League’s divisions are starting to take shape.
In Division One, Blisland have picked up two wins and a draw from their three outings to sit on 22 points, ten ahead of last year’s winners Budehaven A who have played a game less.
Both teams romped to comfortable victories during the latest round of fixtures with Blisland hammering Torridge 9-1 and Budehaven beating Crackington A 8-2.
Helland A, who eased to promotion last term and have used last season’s momentum to sit one point behind Budehaven A, will quietly fancy their chances of consecutive titles.
North Hill have played just once due to a number of postponements but will carry a threat as the season progresses.
Blisland’s Robert Thompson has won nine out of nine in the singles, and he along with North Hill’s Shirley Luckhurst and Martin Hynes are the only players to have their 100% records intact.
In Division Two, Budehaven C are top of the table on 22 points from three games played following a 9-1 victory over Crackington B last Thursday.
Owen Salisbury and David Sillifant have both won eight of their nine singles matches but their records will be put to the test tonight as they head to third-placed Helland C to take on arguably the league’s best player, David Hughes, who has lost just once himself.
Helland are sat on 17 points, four points behind Budehaven B who they beat 6-4 last week as Hughes won all three matches.
Budehaven, who have played a game more than the others, head to fourth-placed Altarnun this evening in what promises to be a close contest.
Altarnun, who have drawn twice in their three outings, including a 5-5 draw with North Hill B on Thursday, have managed to pick up 16 points and know that a comfortable victory will close the gap considerably.
In Division Three, the early signs are that it’s going to be a two-horse race between Bridgerule A and North Hill C for the title.
Both teams are unbeaten and the two face off tonight at North Hill.
Bridgerule are on 16 points from four matches played with North Hill on eight from two.
In the lower division there are only five points at stake in each match as there only two players per team.
Bridgerule will again rely on the in-form Alan Quilter who has won all of his eight singles matches. He along with Nathan Jukes of Budehaven D are the only players to have a 100% record who have played more than one game.
David Shoubridge, Alan Carruthers and David Aplin won both singles matches in their solitary outing so far.
All teams have won at least one game, with just six points seperating second placed Bridgerule B and bottom side Bridgerule C.
Division One Averages (Top Five at Thursday, November 10)
Robert Thompson (Blisland) — 100% (9/9)
Martin Hynes (North Hill A) — 100% (3/3)
Shirley Luckhurst (North Hill A) — 100% (3/3)
Ritchie Bartlett (Helland A) — 83.33% (5/6)
Six players – Dave Salisbury, Denis Hough, Helen Murgatroyd, Kevin Tarling, Mike Fisher and Robert Montague – have won two thirds of their matches.
Division Two Averages — (Top Five at Thursday, November 10)
David Sillifant (Budehaven C) — 88.89% (8/9)
Owen Salisbury (Budehaven C) — 88.89% (8/9)
David Hughes (Helland B) — 88.89% (8/9)
Paul Burden (Altarnun) — 77.78% (7/9)
Steve Parsons (Launceston) — 77.78% (7/9)
Division Three Averages — (Top Five at Thursday, November 10)
Alan Quilter (Bridgerule A) — 100% (8/8)
Nathan Jukes (Budehaven D) — 100% (6/6)
David Aplin (North Hill C) — 100% (2/2)
David Shoubridge (North Hill C) — 100% (2/2)
Alan Carruthers (Helland C) — 100% (2/2)