This month the results have proved what a competitive division it is with teams bunched at both ends of the table. At the top four teams (Cliffe Woods 1, Boxley 1, Chatham Belfast and Anchorians 1) are separated by only 3 points. This battle will continue for the rest of the season with only two guarenteed promotion at the end. At the bottom Luton Invicta 4 is only 4 points adrift of four teams (Howard 4, Anchorians 2, Rainham 2 and Rainham 1) only sparated by 6 points.
CHARLIE COOK is having a magnificent year with twenty out of twenty so far, with only Gary Hutchinson matching this from only six games.
In the doubles results Anchorians 3 and Cliffe Woods 1 are top with a 75% success rate.
After the first five rounds of matches ANCHORIANS 1 lead the division with 42 points, followed by Cliffe Woods 1 (38 pts), Boxley (34 pts) and Chatham Belfast (33pts).
The remaining eight teams are closely packed with the bottom four Anchorians 2, Luton Invicta 4, Rainham 1 and Howard 4 separated by a mere two points.
Star player in October was obviously ALAN BRIDLE who as well as maintaining his unbeaten record also took away three others in Paul Homewood, Graham Windram and Jill Shipton. Others on 100% are Charlie Cook, Kieth Ludlam and Tunde Jotham at this early stage of the season.
Anchorians 1 and Cliffe Woods 1 also lead the way at Doubles with only one loss each with Luton Invicta 4 the only team yet to win a doubles game.
This season I will be providing individual reports alongside the scorecard. But then each month will give an overall picture of the Division here.
It is great to have a full 12 teams (from 8 different clubs) meaning there are no bye weeks in what I believe is a really competitive Division.
It is early days but three teams in Anchorians 1, Boxley 1 and Cliffe Woods 1 look really strong and should be battling it out for promotion. At the other end it is less clear with the other nine teams looking very even at this stage.
There should be lots of exciting matches and great individual performances to report on, so let battle commence.