The league fielded 3 squads in the various divisions of the powerful Lancs/Cheshire open age competition on Sunday with the first team defending the prestigious Premier title we won last season. With the top 3 players all available, once again they proved far too strong for the opposition and outpointed good sides from Warrington and Manchester 6-0 before ending the day with a 5-1 success over previously unbeaten Preston. In February they face Bury league, plus Oldham and Trafford but the lads are confident of retaining the title which covers approximately 30 leagues over the two counties. Our side comprised Tomasz Rzeszotko, veteran ranked 10 in the country, Cheshire county champion Shaun Hall, ranked top 100 nationally at open age, and our league singles champion Aaron Beech.
Unfortunately for the A and B teams competing in divisions 1 and 3 respectively a number of individuals were unavailable, nevertheless the players selected did a terrific job, Ray Worthington and young Connor Climo backing captain Rob Wylie to the hilt forcing a draw with Wirral and recording a terrific 4-2 victory over Oldham A which may prove crucial after the
remaining matches in February.
Hannah Winfield led the B team into competition in division 3 backed up by teammates Andy Taylor and Keith Bartlett and after suffering defeats at the hands of Wilmslow and Trafford A they too bounced back with fine 4-2 scoreline against a useful Halton squad. With Blackpool failing to field a team the B squad finished third in the final table, a good achievement.
In the local Premier division leaders Barrow marched on following a maximum10 points against a County Officers squad that fought all the way with Danny Russell only defeating Hannah 11-9 in the deciding game. Jonathan Taylor was once again in terrific form for the victors. Elsewhere in this division Simon Jones led Pulford to a similar scoreline against the Officers A squad for whom Andy Barlow showed improved form.
Division 1 highlights included a win for leaders Groves A over Beechwood and an away victory for a John Chan inspired Pulford B squad at Saughall Port. Groves B narrowly outpointed their first team and Roger Lee hit a maximum as Newton B recorded a 7-3 home win over Barrow B.