TOPSPIN 'A' started their Red Goat Climbing York Table Tennis League title defence with a 7-3 victory over newly-promoted Bootham A.

Jon Wooldridge and Sammy Kelly were on top form for the reigning division one champions.

Railway 'C', also newly-promoted, were well beaten by Shiyi Ling B 9-1 thanks to three wins each from Andy Fletcher and Tom Thorp.

Martin Lowe’s maximum helped Coneysthorpe 'A' to a narrow 6-4 win against Topspin 'B', while Paul Robertson won his three singles for York RI 'A' in their 6-4 defeat of Clarence 'A'. Mike Polkinghorn won his three matches for Coneysthorpe 'B' in a 5-5 draw with Shiyi Ling 'A'.

In division two, John McLaughlin, Sam Crutchley and Christophe Bauer were unbeaten as Wigginton 'A' started the season in style with a 10-0 win against Topspin 'C'.

Maximums from Mick Kenyon and Alfie Potter helped Clarence 'B' to a 9-1 win against Ryedale 'A'. York RI 'D' defeated Clarence 'D' 8-2 thanks to trebles from Mark Blackburn and Dave Quinlan.

Richard Ingleby was in top form for Bootham 'B' in their 7-3 defeat of newly-promoted Strensall. Clarence 'C' narrowly defeated York RI 'E' 6-4 thanks to three wins by Gary Bunce.

In the third division, York RI 'F' were too strong for BT 'B', with trebles from Marcin Ziolek and Mark Antrobus contributing to an 8-2 win. Wigginton 'C' defeated BT 'A'by the same score, with Naz Hosseinian winning his three matches.

Keith Elsegood was unbeaten for Clarence 'E' in their 7-3 defeat of York RI 'G', while Paul Kozyra and Mike Surtees were unbeaten for Shepherds 'B' as they overcame Ryedale 'B' by the same score.

A maximum from Gary Tranter helped Shiyi Ling 'C' to a 6-4 win against Wigginton 'B'.

In the fourth division, John Hughes and Adrian Church were unbeaten for Shiyi Ling 'D' in their 9-1 win against Clarence 'I', as were John Hunt and Vic Demciuch for Wigginton 'E' in their 9-1 defeat of Shiyi Ling 'E'. A treble from Russ Scott helped Clarence 'G' to an 8-2 win against Clarence 'J'.

Dom Horsley’s maximum for York RI 'H' was not enough to prevent his team losing 6-4 against Clarence 'H'.