Premier division leaders, Barrow, again saw their lead at the top of the table reduced when a strong Newton A trio held them to a pulsating draw. Milan Puchala was in unstoppable form and hit a tremendous maximum and he was backed up by young Joe Killoran who just lost out to hard hitting Aaron Beech. Joe has recently been ranked a very high 67 on the open age national list, a brilliant achievement. Barrow had new signing Peter Walsh in their squad , a Liverpool division 1 player, and he outpointed Newtons Nev Lacey in 5 sets. Elsewhere Terry Marshall led Groves to an impressive 7 3 victory over a strong Select team, and champions Newton accounted for Pulford 8 2 in another brilliant match, the game between Shaun Hall and Simon Jones full of top class table tennis. Mark Pugh and Wayne Percival also played well for the victors.
In division 1 County Officers narrowly outpointed their A team 6 4 and are closing on the leaders, with Groves C surprisingly defeating high flying Groves A by a similar scoreline. Newton B were fortunate to defeat lowly Beechwood 7 3 and Groves B held the strong Barrow A trio to a splendid draw.
Terry Haselden starred for Barrovians in division 2 as his team defeated a determined Electric Sports team 7 3, and Ilban Ibashev hit two fine wins as County Officers C recorded a terrific 7 3 victory over experienced Barrow B. Lynsey Pellew-Nabbs returned to the Groves D ranks and promptly led the team to an emphatic 8 2 win over luckless Tarporley.
Alan Gilmour and Brian Wareing hit maximums as Barrow D remain in contention in division 3 following a comfortable 8 2 scoreline away at Officers G.