THE Ryde Ravens soared in Division 1 of the Isle of Wight Table Tennis League by holding high-flying Shanklin A to a draw. 

The Ravens' Steve Mills was player of the match and unbeaten, while team-mate Joe Chapman had two hard-fought five-set victories over Shanklin’s Michael Bulpitt and Jim Hall. 

Bulpitt and team-mate Mike Turner were successful against Chapman and Mills in the deciding doubles at the end of the evening, winning in four sets to claim the draw.

Isle of Wight County Press: The current standings in Division 1 of the Isle of Wight Table Tennis League.The current standings in Division 1 of the Isle of Wight Table Tennis League. (Image: IWTTA)

Ryde Reprobates made short work of bottom side Newport Vics B, with Hugh Idle, and Martin and Lewis Johnstone, all untroubled in their games to win the match 10-0.

Ryde A stayed on top after an 8-2 win over Shanklin A, but Ryde C, a point behind them, have two games in hand.

In Division 2, the Havenstreet Hooters had two matches — and were in top form, beating second placed Ryde Rascals 8-2. 

Player of the match was Havenstreet’s Alan Hulbert, with team-mate Karen King also winning all three.

Havenstreet then had to meet Division 2 leaders Newport Vics C — an extremely close match.

Nobody could get the better of Vics C’s top ranked Lawrence Fo, who is unbeaten all season. 
Fo and Paul Lewis took the doubles match easily to earn a draw.

Havenstreet moved into second place, 15 points behind Newport Vics C.

Division 1:
Ryde A 8, Shanklin A 2; Ryde Reprobates 10, Newport Vics B 0; Ryde Ravens 5, Shanklin A 5.
Division 2: Ryde Rascals 2, Havenstreet Hooters 8; Wootton Wanderers 7, Ryde Allsorts 3; Newport Vics C 5, Havenstreet Hooters 5; Ryde Revellers 3, Ryde Rascals 7.
Division 3: Shorwell Saints 1, Newport Vics D 9; Ryde Rustics 5, Ryde Retailers 5; Ryde Frogs 1, Shorwell Spinners 9.