JAMES Farmer is proving himself a force to be reckoned with in his first league season in the Burton Uxbridge Summer Table Tennis League.
With a week to go before the halfway point, he is the only new league player in the Summer Singles League Table top eight, showing a will and determination to win that is growing each game he plays.
Farmer has won five of his last six matches, beating Evie and Molly Woodings, James Laban, Benji Blackham and Kyle Stephenson, the latter a player with a winter league season behind him.
His only loss saw him edged out 2-1 in a tight affair against Taylor Brown.
Daniel Allen continues to lead the way and remains unbeaten.
Not only that, but his last five games have all been 3-0 victories, making him the man to beat.
Ellie Blurton is hot on Allen’s heels after another four wins, including an excellent 2-1 triumph over Zach Beene.
Blurton battled hard right to the end, winning 12-10, 11-13, 11-9.
Josh Arslan is having a good summer as he lies in third place, while Zach Beene is also challenging in fourth.
Matt O’Regan, Taylor Brown and Helena Dicken complete the top eight, all of whom will all play each other again to decide the league winner.
Further down the tree there have been some terrific wins for some other new faces.
Laban got the better of Taylor Brown 2-1 as well as beating Charlie Skinner 3-0.
He also took an end off Farmer and Blurton.
Both Laban and Farmer, as well as Allen, all attend William Allitt School, so the De Ferrers dominance could be under threat.
Skinner is also in line to join those three next year and is putting together some good mid-season form, pushing three top-half players very close before taking the scalp of Taylor Brown with an impressive 3-0 scoreline.
Down nearer the bottom of the table, Paul Blackman has put a couple more wins on the board as well as being much more competitive in games he has lost, while Kyle Stephenson’s win over Molly Woodings lifted him above his opponent.
With the bottom nine now due to play each other for the Division 2B title, the winner really could come from any of them.
Four more evenings of ultra competitive table tennis are in the pipeline to see just where the titles will end up.