Ryton Park Eagles and Manton Nomads look firm favourites for the two promotion places in Division Two this season.
Both sides had convincing 9-1 victories away from home this week, to open up an eight point lead on the chasing pack.
The Eagles had a comfortable night at DTH Redlands Rookies with hat-tricks for both John Hallgarth and Keith Swift, whilst Alex Olliffe chipped in with two wins.
Derek Piper will be pleased with his win over Olliffe who currently sits fifth in the leading averages in Division Two.
Olliffe and Hallgarth teamed up to take the doubles against Brown and Cowburn.
Manton Nomads, who head Division Two by six points, were away at Stanley Street B who were without their best player and captain Nigel Stent.
Both Steve Elkin and Rob Vaughan registered hat-tricks although Elkin was taken very close by Ralph Rodda.
Richard Robinson added two wins for the Nomads before losing out to the ever improving Glyn Payne, while Street B’s Adam Hamilton went home empty handed.
The Nomads win was sealed by Elkin and Vaughan’s doubles victory.
Manton Sports also enjoyed a 9-1 win as they cemented their midtable position against Ryton Park Cougars.
Both Alan Wilson and Keith Smith remained unbeaten for Sports and John Lowde returned two wins losing out Dave Rix.
Rix’s team mates Ivan Stallworthy and Dave Lee battled all night but just couldn’t turn their endeavour into wins and even lost out in the doubles to Lowde and Smith to cap a miserable night for the Cougars.
Division One side Ryton Park Adders boosted their chances of avoiding the drop with a very hard fought win over Stanley Street A.
Despite an impressive hat trick from Alex Millward Street A couldn’t do enough to snatch a point off of their relegation rivals but with five matches going to the deciding set it could have been a very different story.
For the Adders there were two wins each for Andy Lee, Brian Allen and Gary Sides over Dave Hodgkin and Peter Eyre respectively with Lee and Allen taking the doubles over Millward and Hodgkin for a 7-3 victory.
The Division Three league table has a familiar look about it with DTH Redlands Tarr Babies sat on top, but with three teams close on their tails it’s not a done deal.
The Tarr Babies had a terrific battle with On-Line Elks this week, managing to scrape a 6-4 win with five matches going the full distance, three of which involved the Tarr Babies Josh Nelson.
Despite the tension he managed to record an impressive hat-trick over Jonno Blood, Glenn Gillgrass and Jerry Collins.
Nelson’s team mates both beat Collins and when the Elk’s Gillgrass and Blood beat Greg Suchalski and Adam Pinches it left the match delicately poised at 5-4 to the Tarr Babies.
In the doubles Jack Tarr partnered Josh Nelson against Gillgrass and Blood, and won the deciding set 11-6 to take the match and all three points.
Other Division Three Results: Stanley Street ‘E’ 6 Ryton Park Falcons 4, Stanley Street Cypriots 4 Stanley Street ‘D’ 6
The Quarter Final draw for the Mike Tunningley Shield has now been made with the following matches to be played week commencing the 9th of February.
Draw: DTH Redlands Joggers v DTH Redlands Roosters, DTH Redlands Tarr Babies v Stanley Street Cypriots, Ryton Park Falcons v Ryton Park Adders and On-Line Elks v Stanley Street ‘A’.