Champions Hollington Academy A laid down an early marker in Division One of the Hastings & District Table Tennis League with an 8-2 defeat of main rivals Bexhill A.
Martin Kellaway gave Bexhill the start they needed with the narrowest of wins over Nathan Darby before the Academics took the spoils with Paul Barry and Basher Obeyed unbeaten.
Two promoted teams met when Bexhill G continued their good start to the season, beating Tackleway C 7-3 with a maximum from Ryan Heselden and two wins each for Kevin McEwan and Cameron Jones.
Gary Pells looks like a useful acquisition for Saints B and he won three times in the
7-3 win over Bexhill C. Ron Davenport picked up two for Saints, as did Graham Gillett for the losers.
Tony Catt’s maximum led Hollington Academy B to an 8-2 win over Tackleway B for whom Martin Richards won twice. Sam Collins won two for Academy, as did Third Division singles champion Dave Watters, stepping up from Academy D.
Watters was unable to repeat his heroics two nights later in Division Two as Academy D went down 6-4 at Bexhill F. Despite three wins from Pete Watters for Academy, two wins each from Harvey Webb and Frank Brown and the tightest of doubles wins saw Bexhill home.
Tigers A had their second win from a tight 6-4 encounter with NALGO A, where they had Dave Mitchell unbeaten and Roger Smith winning twice. Tigers won all three 5-game clashes after Mitchell opened with an 11-9 win in the decider against Paul Hyland who won two for NALGO.
Three wins for Pam Winter and two each for Brian Beaney and Paul Welford took Bexhill E to a 7-3 win at Hollington B for whom Ryan Demeza had two good wins.
In Division Three, Hollington E beat NALGO B 7-3 with Neil Pankhurst and Rob Clemence unbeaten.
Yasar Akar has started the season well for Hollington D, but his maximum was all his team took from their 7-3 loss to Monarchs B for whom Peter Harding, Stuart Pattenden and Dave Turnbull won two apiece.