TORRIDGE are the early pacesetters in Division One of the North Cornwall Table Tennis League after a 7-3 victory over Whitstone Wanderers on Wednesday night (October 10), although just three points separate the top four.
Such is their strength in depth this season, they were missing Peter Freeburn and David Stone from their opening victory at Budehaven B but drafted in David Streak, who was unbeaten last year and Jill Knightley.
Streak and Steve Cragg but won all of their singles with relative ease as well as winning the doubles together.
Knightley pushed her Holsworthy team-mates Barry Stearman and Doug Genini close in matches which went the distance while she took Nathan Jukes to sudden death in two of their opening ends.
The result of the night was at North Hill A as they beat defending champions Helland at North Hill Village Hall.
On a night where the majority of matches could have gone either way, the fixture was delicately poised at 3-3 before the home side won the final four matches.
The trio of Shirley Luckhurst, Iain Oxenhame and Martin Hynes all won two singles apiece with Luckhurst and Oxenhame combining to win the doubles.
For Helland, Ritchie Bartlett was the standout player, being successful in two of his outings.
With the Budehaven A versus Budehaven B fixture postponed due to the members of Budehaven B fulfilling an outstanding North Devon League match for Holsworthy D at West Buckland, the remaining fixture saw an inter-club battle between Crackington B and A, which was won by the A team 7-3.
Frank Barnes made it six wins from as many games for the A team with Ross Wilmshurst and Judith Cook providing excellent support with two victories each, although both lost to Ross Paynter.
The doubles match was arguably the match of the night as Paynter and Keiron Chatterjea fought back from 2-1 down to beat Barnes and Wilmshurst 11-9 in the decider.
In Division Two, Budehaven D’s storming start continued after a 9-1 victory over their E team.
After Robin Worden won a five-set thriller against Ian Westaway to open the evening, only two of the remaining fixtures weren’t decided in straight games as only Westaway’s victory over Tim Orchard ensured they avoided a whitewash.
North Hill B remain unbeaten after a 7-3 victory at Crackington C.
Skipper Michael Kinger and Trevor Luckhurst both enjoyed perfect evenings with their other point coming from David Aplin.
For the home side, Simon Patterson and James Ellis both beat Aplin as well as winning the doubles together.
Budehaven C are level on points with North Hill in third after cruising past Launceston 8-2.
Despite having Andrew Ward missing, it made no difference as Gary Bickle made a rare appearance to win all three, as did captain Anthony Ward although he had to withstand a stirring comeback from David Hughes to claim the decider 13-11.
Chris Mill also did well to win two with the visitors’ points coming from Hughes in the singles before he combined with Karen Horrell in the doubles.
The match between Altarnun A and Bridgerule A was postponed.
In Division Three, Altarnun B beat Bridgerule B 4-1 to make it two victories from two. Malcolm Tulip won both of his outings in the singles before combining with Mike Tremeer to win the doubles.
Raymond Bewes picked up Bridgerule’s point.
The other match saw Budehaven F beat Budehaven G 3-2. George Reilly-Hawkins emerged victorious in the singles and doubles with Phil Hawken with Luca Talajic-Sims and Will Jose beating Hawken.