REIGNING champions Topspin A opened up an eight-point lead in the Red Goat York & District Table Tennis League division one after they thrashed Shiyi Ling B 10-0.

Topspin's nearest challenger York RI A recorded a tenth win of a season after a 6-4 victory over Coneysthorpe A, despite a final treble from Martin Lowe for the beaten side.

Mikey Arnold and Joe Wright led the way as Shiyi Ling A trounced bottom team York RI C 9-1.

A treble from student Jason Tang was the highlight as University A and Clarence A shared the spoils in a 5-5 draw.

Three wins from Sammy Kelly provided decisive as Topspin B saw off a battling Bootham A 6-4 with veteran Joe Suchecki picking up a valuable brace for Bootham including an excellent win over Nathan Taylor.

In division two, Gary Bunce inflicted the first defeat of the season on Alfie Potter although champions-elect Clarence B still prevailed 6-4 against Clarence C with Graham Hatfield unbeaten.

York RI D moved into pole position for the playoff spot as Mark Blackburn steered them to a 7-3 win over third placed Wigginton A and Dave Hough excelled as Strensall re-ignited their season with a superb 8-2 victory over rivals Clarence D.

A maximum from John Flintoft made the difference as Ryedale A beat Shepherds A 6-4 whilst Bootham B and University B ended honours even in a 5-5 draw with Frank Feng undefeated for the students.

Shiyi Ling C have a seemingly unassailable lead in the third division after they whitewashed Ryedale B 10-0 and York RI F look secure in second place after a routine 7-3 victory over BT A.

A treble from Christophe Bauer helped Wigginton C edge out York RI G 6-4 in a tight encounter.

And, there was no joy for the bottom two sides as Wigginton C derailed York RI G 10-0 and University C inflicted the same punishment on BT B.