BROMLEY A remain runaway leaders of Kidderminster & District Table Tennis League division one despite fielding a weakened team compared to last season.

With both Jamie Cartwright and Steve Horton unbeaten so far, the title holders have cruised to a 16-point lead with 11 matches played.

There is quite a battle shaping up for second pace with just one point separating Hope Baptist Church and Bewdley Institute C.

Hope Baptist enjoyed a resounding victory over Baggeridge last week, while Bewdley were equally impressive in despatching Holy Trinity A 9-1 despite being without their best player.

The forthcoming clash between the two sides could settle the matter.

There is also a tight scrap at the bottom of the division where Cookley and Holy Trinity are separated by just four points.

Cookley gave Bewdley a fright in a four-hour marathon match featuring a number of five-setters but just lost out 6-4.

In division two, Stourbridge Institute A lead the way having suffered just the one reverse during the first part of the season.

Darren Williams is the league’s form player with 18 straight wins and the Institute lead Harvington by a comfortable nine points with a game in hand.

The three Bewdley Institute teams prop up this division with the B side having struggled to get going so far.

It’s a different story in division three however with two Institute teams vying for top slot.

The E team lead by five points but Institute F have a game in hand so could close the gap to just one point.

Trevor Davies is unbeaten for the F team but will be missing for the rest of the month.

And it is nice to note that Ted Dalton can still win a league match at the ripe old age of 90.

Meanwhile the individual tournaments start this week with the handicap tournament at Aggborough Social Club on Thursday.

The veterans tournaments take place on March 5 and 19, while the open singles and doubles are on April 2.

All league players are eligible to enter tournaments for free but must get their entries in to Alex Westwood as soon as possible.

Report submitted by Peter Carroll