Three unbeaten records tumbled in one match in the Braintree Table Tennis League.
Ian Hayden, Paul Davison and Kevin Gowlett all entered the Liberal A v Netts A clash with unblemished records. And all went home without one.
Hayden, in his best form for years, brought off one of the best results of his career, getting the better of Gowlett, who had not been beaten in the league since January 2013.
It was the younger Hayden, Peter, who beat him then. This time Hayden senior won 11-13, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8.
Davison took away Ian Hayden’s unbeaten record – coming from two games to one down to win 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 – but his own suffered its first blemish at the hands of Scott Dowsett by 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 15-13, an outstanding win for the 19-year-old.
Gowlett completed the round robin by beating Dowsett to produce a 5-5 scoreline.
Black Notley A and Rayne A also fought out a draw while Rayne’s B and D teams both claimed 8-2 wins.
The B team beat their own C team, with Dean Andrews and Ryan Pitt unbeaten, while the D team overcame Liberal B, where Hector Rogers and Adam Buxton won their three singles.
Division two leaders Notley B suffered their first defeat when they lost 7-3 to Nomads’ twin strikeforce of Ken Lewis and Kevin Saunders, who accounted for all seven between them.
Rayne E’s 9-1 win over Hedingham Lions was notable for Nick Readhead’s excellent win against Paul Wellington, while Gary Jackson’s win in three straight games over Garry Fryatt was the only dent in Liberal C’s record against Notley E.
Sean Clift’s three singles, plus the doubles with Bruce Wickham, helped Notley D to draw with Rayne F.
A 10-0 win over Netts C helped division three leaders Rayne G to increase their lead to three points after second-placed Felsted RBL B dropped two sets against Rayne I.
Andy Laws and Chris Butler were unbeaten for Felsted while Barry Mouser and Chris High took the two for Rayne.
Both Helen Barnett and Jim Davy were unbeaten in Notley H’s 7-3 win over their own I team.
Dave Swash’s three sets helped Felsted C to a 6-4 win over Notley G although he stood on the cusp of defeat against Paul Martin. Two games to one down, he was stretched to one of the season’s longest games so far, 19-17, before taking the fourth and eventually winning the fifth.