JOE WRIGHT and Bryan Birkbeck were on top form as Shiyi Ling 'A' thrashed an under-strength York RI 'B' 9-1 in Red Goat York & District Table Tennis League division one.

The result has Shiyi Ling trailing league leaders Topspin 'A' by nine points, while RI sit eighth with a game in hand over most of the division.

A treble from James Atkins was key as Topspin 'B' beat University 'A' 8-2.

Rob Owen was unbeaten on his York debut as champions Topspin 'A' defeated York RI 'A' 7-3.

Martin Lowe and Calum Goodwin were too good as Coneysthorpe 'A' thumped York RI 'C' 9-1.

In a tight encounter, braces from Arthur Sorley and Andy Fletcher allowed Shiyi Ling 'B' to edge out Clarence 'A', for whom John Farmery also picked up two wins.

Clarence 'B' underlined their second division title credentials as they whitewashed Bootham 'B' 10-0.

York RI 'D' moved into second place as Mark Blackburn and Dave Quinlan guided them to a 9-1 victory over Topspin 'C'.

A superb treble from 14-year-old John Bramley was of note as York RI 'E' prevailed 7-3 against University 'B'.

Stephen Temple showed his class as Ryedale 'A' beat high-flying Wigginton 'A' 6-4.

Gary Bunce starred as Clarence 'C' defeated Strensall 7-3. Pete Taylor picked up his first win of the season for Strensall, with Richard Day the victim.

Keith Webster was on song as Shepherds 'A' won 7-3 against Clarence 'D', for whom Paul Seekings played well to pick up two wins.

In the third division, Alex Robinson and Christophe Bauer were undefeated as Wigginton 'B' crushed York RI 'G' 9-1 and Bob Young led the way as Clarence 'E' triumphed 7-3 over University 'C'.

York RI 'F' put in a superb performance as they thrashed Wigginton 'C' 10-0.

A maximum haul from Chis McLuskie was the highlight as BT 'A' beat Ryedale B 8-2.

Shiyi Ling 'C' whitewashed BT 'B' 10-0 and Mike Surtees starred as Shepherds 'B' defeated Clarence 'F' 7-3.

Wigginton 'D' remain leaders of the fourth division after they whitewashed Clarence 'I' 10-0 while Clarence 'H' beat a depleted Topspin 'C' 7-3.

Tom Hemery and Arnold Chung were unstoppable as University 'B' hammered Wigginton 'E' 9-1 while a two-man York RI 'H' were still strong enough to beat Shiyi Ling 'E' 7-3.

John Hughes excelled as Shiyi Ling 'D' defeated Clarence 'G' 7-3 and Shepherds 'C' eased to a 9-1 victory over Clarence 'J', who could only field two players.