News report 8 Jan 2012


Barrow went to the top of the Premier Division despite losing 4-6 to a Groves team they had emphatically defeated 9-1 first time around. On this occasion Tomasz Halucha and Milan Puchala got the better of talented Aaron Beech and also teamed up to take a pulsating doubles from Beech and Jonathan Taylor.  Coupled with this Rouven Tuttas lost all his three singles. including a 5th set defeat to Danny Russell, the villagers being saved by a brilliant maximum from Cheshire champion Taylor. This was the last unbeaten team in this division and the title is still ver much there for the taking at the half way stage.
Same can be said of division 1 where favourites County Officers A and Groves A lag behind surprise leaders Pulford A, led by Mike Phelan and John Chan, and also Groves B who are having an excellent season with top player Graham Boyd playing his best table tennis for a number of years. Experienced squads Corus A and Barrow B are only a handfull of points away in 5th and 6th so a tight finish is in prospect.
Saughall Port continue to set the pace in division 2 and remain undefeated but the Barrow D side is in a challenging position and have just signed Will Sleddon to strengthen their ranks.
The third division is headed by unbeaten Barrovians, led by in form Dave Jump, but Linda Powell and the powerful Groves D side are still slight favourites with the impressive new County Officers D side lying next. Newcomers Rev7 and Groves E have found the going tough but are battling on whereas County Officers E , captained by Dr Ased Syed have put together a useful squad and are mid table.
The League Veterans B side returned from Kendal with a terrific 7-3 victory which keeps them in a promotion spot. Andy Taylor hit 3 wins, Keith Bartlett 2 and Alf Perry 1 and they also took the doubles .
Author: via Chester and Ellesmere Port Table Tennis League
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