News Report wc 16 Jan 2017

In the Premier Division Newton closed on leaders Barrow following an emphatic 10 0 victory over a sporting Groves team. Young student Alex Relea-Linder hit a fine maximum to back up stalwarts Shaun Hall and Clwyd number 1 Mark Pugh. County Officers fought out a home draw with Pulford A, two wins each for home players Keith Bartlett and Andy Taylor equally matched by Mike Phelan and Wayne Taylor for the villagers.

Division 1 action saw leaders Officers A record a terrific 9 1 away victory at Saughall Deva with Neil Ayling in fine form, but challengers Newton B came from 1 2 behind to defeat Groves C 8 2 and move into second place. Elsewhere Stan Houghton led lowly Newton C to a welcome win, 6 4 at home to Groves A. 
Houghton teamed up with Simon Watts for a vital doubles win.

Once again Jens Andersen was undefeated for Barrovians in division 2 as they recorded a convincing 8 2 away success at Electric Sports and they are now in a challenging position for league leadership. Gareth Hughes hit a fine maximum for Barrow B as they outpointed Groves D 6 4, and Russell Hunt was in unbeatable form for struggling Tarporley as they forced a creditable draw with Barrow C.

Division 3 leaders Officers E had to work hard to overcome their own F side 6 4 with Andrew Taylor and Will Wood each hitting two vital singles wins, elsewhere Brian Wareing led Barrow E to a convincing 7 3 away victory over Saughall Institute. Much improved Barrow D comfortably defeated Electric Sports A 8 2 before forcing a draw away at Groves E. In both matches new signing Paul Curley was unbeaten for the Barrow squad.

D Terry

Author: via Chester and Ellesmere Port Table Tennis League
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