TORRIDGE took a giant step towards winning their first ever Division One title after a 7-3 victory over North Hill A last Wednesday night.
They now need a maximum of 31 points from their final four fixtures to win it.
Things didn’t start well for them as Shirley Luckhurst beat Steve Cragg in the night’s opener but from there on in, it was pretty straightforward bar a couple of close five-setters.
David Streak kept up his 100% record for the season for the home side while Cragg has no trouble in beating Martin Hynes and debutant Phil Greenwood. They also combined to win the doubles.
David Stone beat Hynes for Torridge’s other point.
Budehaven A are up to third despite playing the most games in the league as they thrashed Crackington A 9-1.
Helen Murgatroyd and Owen Salisbury were undefeated on the night with Crackington’s response coming from Frank Barnes who fought back from 2-0 down to beat Dave Salisbury.
Crackington’s B team were on the receiving end of the same scoreline at Whitstone Wanderers.
Zach Parker beat Barry Stearman, but that was as good as it got as Doug Genini and Nathan Jukes were in imperious form.
The match between Budehaven B and Helland was postponed.
Budehaven D’s march to the Division Two crown shows no signs of slowing down as they won 10-0 at Crackington C, although the matches were closer than the scoreline suggests.
Budehaven E earned their third win of the season on Friday night as they won 6-4 at Bridgerule A with Ian Westaway (3) and Ian Edwards (2) the main contributors. Alan Quilter grabbed half of the home points.
Altarnun A had a busy couple of evenings as they hosted North Hill B and Launceston on consecutive nights.
On Wednesday they drew 5-5 with their fellow village side with Adrian Davis and Trevor Luckhurst earning a brace apiece for the visitors.
24 hours later they were back in action against Launceston and Paul Burden was once again unbeaten. He received solid support from Alex Whitfield (2) as they moved up to third.
Stephen Parsons was Launceston’s main contributor with two.
In the third tier, Altarnun B won 3-2 at Budehaven F despite George Reilly-Hawkins’ double.