THERE was only pride to play for in Division Four of the Bradford Table Tennis League with the Hermits and Baildon teams involved in derby encounters.

Thornbury A are the runaway winners of the division with a 100 per cent record but Baildon E are also worth an honourable mention. This is their debut season and they will finish as runners-up after dominating their meeting with Baildon D.

Stephen Hirst and James Kinsella both recorded trebles while Shin Ng added a single. Allen Pollard and Kevin Flaherty took one each for the D team as Baildon E won 8-2.

There was a much closer derby at Hermits when third-placed Hermits H met Hermits I, who are fourth. The former had won the two previous meetings 8-2 but their opponents ran them much closer in this meeting.

Hermits H looked set for another comfortable win when Mick Raine, Stewart Varley and George Raine put them 3-0 up but the I team came back strongly.

Brian Cooper and John Margerison both won two and, after the singles, Hermits H only led 5-4. Mick and George Raine eventually sealed a third successive win for the H team by taking the doubles 3-1.

In Division Three, there was another closely-fought derby as Hermits F in fourth place met second-placed Hermits G. The F team had lost the two earlier encounters but it was third time lucky here.

Chris Town led the way, taking all three of his singles. Martin Jackson won two and Michael Butler also won the last singles as the F team ran out 6-4 victors.

Results – Division One: Dewsbury Tog B 6 Yeadon A 4, Embassy Police B 1 Hermits A 9, Dewsbury Tog A 10 Embassy Police B 0. Division Two: Hermits D 2 Hermits C 8, Fastbats 0 Unity A 10, Highdale B 7 Pudsey B 3. Division Three: Hermits F 6 Hermits G 4, Rastrick 0 Unity B 10, Pudsey C 8 Baildon C 2. Division Four: Hermits J 0 Thornbury A 10, Baildon E 8 Baildon D 2, Hermits H 6 Hermits I 4.