With all the first half matches completed, the next 10 weeks will see fights for top honours in the Premier Division, with promotion and relegation battles being fought throughout.
Norton B hold the top spot in the Premier Division, but their own A team have the same points, but a slightly lower sets average. Top of the averages, still with a 100% record is Dave Savage from the Norton A team, but the strangled hold on the top 6 places, previously all held by Norton A and B teams, has been broken with Crewe Post Office’s Stephen stringer, coming in at 6th place.
Division 1 is led by Norton E, who are now 3 points clear of second placed MESC B, with the Norton D team a further 2 points adrift in third place. Top of the averages is Neil Colville from Bradwell F and Neil also has a 100% record. The Kidsgrove C and D teams are languishing at the bottom of Division 1, but Edy Barbatel from the C team is second in the averages with over 85%, followed by Paul Boumford from Fenton, Cyril Merriman from Norton E and Penkhull C’s Andy Smith, all on 75%.
There are three players in Division 2 all with 100% records. Two, Patrick Hall and John Riley are both from the MESC D team currently topping this Division and the other is Robert Warman from Norton K, who share the points in the top spot, but MESC D have a better sets average. These two teams are now 3 points clear of Norton J with MESC C fourth, but sharing the points with the Norton J team.
None of the top teams play each other next week, so should be able to ease themselves back, but too much Christmas Pud might be the downfall of some players.