We're over halfway through the season now so what better time than to have a look at who's doing what where and to whom and when they are doing or not doing it.
The two unbeaten teams in Division 1 are the only possible champions, Andy Mudie with 28 out of 28 is leading the way in the averages and with the consistent support from Steve French, Micky Lang and Crispian Knight (all averaging over two thirds) this makes Bentley A top dogs. Hot on their heels though are Broadmoor A, Clive Banham has led his men well all season and is sitting proudly on a 90% average, if he can coerse Mark Handcock into playing the majority of the remaining games then they have the ammo to catch Bentley. At the other end of the standings Cody A look like they have too hard a task in catching third from bottom Tennis A, while Ash B, the surprise strugglers, have the talent to get themselves out of their current predicament, Nick Mills has so far only played three matches, surely a few appearances from him will do the trick.
Division 2 is proving a cake walk for Ash C who currently hold a 27 point lead over Fleet CC A, albeit having played a game more, the trio of Gilbey, Levey and Gess all hold averages over 77% so a return to the top DIvision seems a certainty. Sameer Pathak is leading the troops from Fleet with 23 wins from 32, they hold sway over Ash D who are a single point adrift but have played a game more, Frank Winnard being the main reason for this charge having so far totted up 88%. The tussle at the foot of the table on the other hand is tighter than Alan Cook's shorts, only five points seperate Frimley B, Broadmoor B and Tennis's D and E. This will, I think, boil down to the top player from each team upping their average from now till the end of the season. Broadmoor's Armstrong is surely better than his 58% suggests and if Derek Seager can regain fitness he can lead Frimley B to safety, thus piling the pressure on Paul Shakespeare and possibly Peter Killick to drag their respective Tennis teams out of the mire.
Unbeaten Tennis F are just about holding sway in Division 3, Eliot Tilley, their man topping the standings with 32 out of 36, can't afford to drop his standards as Bentley B are a single point behind. Bentley have two men, Andy Cunningham and Bob Walker with 88 and 87% so for me are the bet for the title. Frimley D shouldn't be written off as they're only a further 7 points behind and with four of their squad boasting averages of 62% or more, their consistency could see them grab a promotion spot yet. Meanwhile Cody D only have one victory to their name so far and as such are rooted to the bottom, but they sit only two adrift of their C team and Frimley E. Ash F however have Sandy Simpson to thank, her 75% keeping them just ahead of the bottom three.
Top of the averages in Division 4 is Dave Phillips of Ash H with an impressive 91% from his 36 matches, but he is somewhat carrying his team as they sit in mid table. A more sharing attitude is shown by Fleet CC B for whom Carter, Bartlett, Fox and Blunden all have more than 77% and are duly top of the pops and ready to take on Division 3. Having said that any slip and Tennis J and Ash G are not too far behind, Bly,Johnson and Page all around 75% for Tennis and Terry Kavanagh with 23 out of 32 for Ash are more than ready for a step up in standard. At the foot of the table are Ash K who haven't scored a victory yet but with a young team they can only improve and I always say the best practice is playing as many league games you can get your hands on in order to master all those crazy styles of play you encounter!
Happy ponging all!