DALTON A are in pole position of the Kendal & District Table Tennis League as it enters the final week of phase one.

They recovered from a 5-5 draw against Burton A to post a comprehensive 7-3 win against arch rivals IBIS. Ben McDonald defeated Steve Dixon for the second time this season compensating for his surprise loss to a typically resilient Peter Baxendale in the Burton match. Dalton A cannot now be overtaken despite having one match still to play.

At the end of phase 1, the top four teams will compete for the Division One Championship and Dalton A will be joined by IBIS, Natland A and in all probability Burton A for the phase two matches. The bottom four teams will battle to avoid relegation or a relegation play-off.

In Division Two, with one match to play, Burton B are a long way ahead at the top. They have 95 points, following a comfortable 8-2 victory against Burton C. Shelley Rhodes and Dennis Hooley were both unbeaten for Burton B. They will be joined in phase two by Natland D and Kirkby Stephen A. The fourth team in the top half of Division Two will be determined by the final match between Burton C and Burton D. Burton C need a single point to secure their place in the top four and five points to finish second.

In Division Three, with all phase one fixtures completed, Crook C take a 26 point lead over Grayrigg A and a 29 point lead over Kirkby Stephen B into phase two.

The new membership quarter for social table tennis at the Kendal Table Tennis Club, based at Kendal Leisure Centre, starts on February 6. Anyone wanting to give it a try should contact Tony March on 07814 029471 (£3 a session or £27 for the quarter).