News Report wc 05 Dec 2016

The only Premier fixture this week featured favourites Barrow, and following a tough match against a young student trio representing Newton A they triumphed 8 2 in a match of high quality. League representative player Aaron Beech returned to the village squad following unavailability due to his coaching commitments and hit a fine maximum as did teammate Steve Green. In the New year the title will be decided between Barrow and the Newton first team led by current singles champion Shaun Hall.

In division 1 the two bottom sides met and the encounter between Newton C and Saughall Deva ended all square. Richard Scott and Ken Hill each hit two vital singles wins for the Deva but both teams will struggle to avoid relegation unless replacements or an upturn in form is shown in the New Year.

Division 3 is currently led by the Barrow E squad despite the fact they have drawn 4 of their 7 fixtures to date, and surprisingly they were held to a draw by lowly Electric Sports A last week with Brian Kelly hitting two fine wins and being backed up by improving teammates Bill Preston and Paul Pearson. A terrific result for Electric bearing in mind top player Janet Timewell is still out injured. Elsewhere in this section newcomers Groves E went down 4 6 at home to County Officers F despite 3 fine wins for young newcomer Uddy Dayarathana, a product of the league coaching a the Stanney Leisure Centre.

In a Lancashire / Cheshire veterans division 1 encounter our A side returned from Wigan having suffered a narrow 4 6 defeat with Ray Worthington hitting 2 fine wins and teaming up with Rob Wylie for the doubles point. A number of players were unavailable and Peter Cottam kindly stepped in for his representative debut

All the Best for Christmas,
Dave Terry

Author: via Chester and Ellesmere Port Table Tennis League
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