The Chester and Ellesmere Port League successfully defended the coveted open age Lancs/ Cheshire Premier division title on Sunday in Preston despite the loss through injury of the top player, number 5 ranked veteran in the country, Tomasz Rzeszotko. County player Wayne Percival joined the squad comprising Aaron Beech and Shaun Hall , and immediately found themselves in a very tough encounter with the best that the Bury league could muster and the match ended in a draw 3-3 which meant that the lead that we had gained by winning our initial 4 matches in November was narrowed to a single point from the strong Southport trio. However the team rallied to defeat Preston 5-1 and finally Warrington by a similar scoreline to once again become champions, a brilliant achievement for local table tennis.
The A team had also gained promotion to the Premier division last season, in itself a terrific feat as no other league had had two teams in the top flight previously, but with our foreign legion of two Poles, a Slovakian and a Romanian plus four other squad contenders all unavailable, the effort needed to stay in the division would be immense but the team that eventually played did themselves proud even though in the end unfortunately they were relegated. Neil Powell was backed up by Danny Russell and Ray Worthington and they fought for every point , Danny recording 3 excellent victories and Ray so unlucky to lose each of three 5 setters. Congratulations to all the players.
In the local Premier division it was great to see an all female team playing for Select against County Officers and they gained a narrow 6-4 victory with Hannah in top form undefeated and backed up by Brenda with two wins and Suzanne with one. These three ladies are our representative team in this season's National Cup, we wish them luck.