THINGS are hotting up at the business end of the Isle of Wight Table Tennis season, with Ryde A winning the Division 1 title and still much to play for in the other two leagues.

With only two fixtures played in Division 1 last week — and with most teams only having one match left to play — Ryde A made short work of second-placed Shanklin Sharks with a surprising 10-0 thrashing to take tyhe title with a fixture to spare.

Although Shanklin comprise three top quality players, in Don Hobbs, Tom Johnson and Mike Bulpitt, they had no answers against a rampant Ryde team, with Alex Rorke and Scott Lawson in a league of their own this season.

Ryde’s Glenn Morley had to fight harder for his victories, but overcame his opponents in some tight matches.

Isle of Wight County Press: Glenn Morley performed well for Division 1 title winners, Ryde A.Glenn Morley performed well for Division 1 title winners, Ryde A.

In Division 2, meanwhile, it is looking tighter at the top, with Newport Vics C’s lead cut by challengers Freshwater A and Havenstreet Locos, tied in second spot.

Freshwater gained an unexpected 10-0 whitewash over experienced Ryde Red Kites, while Newport and Havenstreet went toe-to-toe and, despite Havenstreet being a player short, the score ended with in a narrow 6-4 success for Newport.

Division 3 favourites St Lawrence Lizards snatched back top spot from Ryde Revellers following their 8-2 victory over Ryde Regals.

The Revellers, however, could only manage a draw against fellow Ryde team, the Rockets, with Anna Garrioch in fine form for them, winning all her games and taking the doubles with team-mate, Paul Tucker.