The division 3 league table shows an intriguing gap of 6 points between the top 5 teams, with a tense finish for the title almost certainly guaranteed. Alan Gilmour was in unbeatable form as he ensured Barrow D forced a draw at leaders County Officers F, and in a later match the Officers were again held to a draw by close rivals Newton C. This match showed how table tennis is a truly international sport as it featured players from Germany, Poland and South Korea as well as English and Welsh, and proved the standard is rising in the lower divisions.
Two other rivals for this title met at Saughall and the home Institute team narrowly outpointed a Tarporley Electric A side 6 4 despite a fine maximum from Russell Hunt.
In the only Premier match Jens Andersen and Andy Taylor led County Officers to an emphatic 8 2 victory over their A squad, and in division 1 the Officers B side remain comfortably top of the table following an 8 2 win at Saughall Deva, Mark Simpson again in top form. Jeff Sharples also hit an impressive maximum, leading Newton C to a very important foot of the table 7 3 success over Saughall Port , for whom Polina Petrova hit two fine wins.
The County Officers club also head the division 2 table at present, Ian Barlow leading the C squad to an emphatic 9 1 success over struggling Barrow C. Elsewhere Uddy Dayarathna had a fine seasons debut for Groves D as they defeated Officers E 7 3 to remain in contention.