News report wc 31 March

The Veterans B team completed a difficult season in the Lancs/ Cheshire division 2 with a terrific home draw against runaway leaders Lancaster/Morecambe, alas  it will not probably be enough to save  them being relegated after one season at this higher level. Alf Perry and Keith Bartlett hit two wins apiece and were well backed up by Andy Taylor in an entertaining clash against very experienced opponents. Unfortunately the first team did not fare so well, travelling  on a Saturday afternoon to Oldham for a Premier fixture with a much weakened team and suffered a 1-9 setback as a result, however they had already secured their place at the top level for another season with back to back victories recently over Manchester and Mid Cheshire leagues.

In the local Premier division Aaron  Beech was in unstoppable form as he led Barrow to a comprehensive 8 2 win over Corus and they closed slightly on the leaders Corus B.

Division 1 highlights included maximums for Roy Worthington in the all Pulford clash, and for impressive Barrie Russ as Corus C compounded Groves problems . Chris Quartermaine gained a welcome win as Whitby Sports were held to a draw by fellow strugglers Beechwood.

Phil Hough was once again in tremendous form as Groves B saw off the challenge of  division 2 favourites Barrow D by an impressive 8-2 scoreline and Mal Turley and his team are now serious contenders for the title. Ian Swaffield hit a rare maximum as Tarporley proved far too strong for an Electric Sports team and Saughall Deva also hit 10 against a weakened Barrow C squad.

Barrovians eased towards the division 3 title following  an emphatic victory over a useful Barrow E trio.

Will all players note that the Closed Tournament this Sunday will now take place at the Epic Leisure Centre commencing at 10 o'clock sharp, not at the Stanney Complex as originally stated.

Author: via Chester and Ellesmere Port Table Tennis League
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