The Veterans A league representative team welcomed back Andy Taylor for their long trip to Kendal last Saturday and he immediately showed no ill effects from his long lay off as he led the team to a terrific 8-2 victory. He was ably backed up by teammates Alf Perry and Keith Bartlett and now the aim is to push on and possibly gain promotion back into Lancs/Cheshire division 2 where they played last season.
Unfortunately, in a Premier division fixture, the Veterans first team were unable to emulate this result going down 9-1 at home to the current champions Warrington, captain Rob Wylie picking up the lone success. A trio of players were unavailable but it was still a strong team including Mark Pugh and Ray Worthington and shows the strength of this division. In an earlier match Tomasz Rzeszotko hit a fine maximum for the Veterans as they went down 6-4 away at Preston so the aim now is to secure a position in the top flight for next season.
In the local league it was cup week and a number of teams reached their divisional finals. In division 1 Russell Benstead was again in fine form for Groves A and he needed to be as his team were taken to a deciding game away at Saughall Port before going through 5-4. They will now meet the winners of the other semi final between Newton B/Groves B.
Division 2 action saw the experienced and newly promoted Barrovians squad outpoint County Officers B 5-1and they now await the outcome of the clash between Electric Sports and fancied Saughall Deva. Into the division 3 final go Barrow C, once again led by experienced Bryan Fitzpatrick. Even though H Wong defeated Michelle Hall and then paired up with Lola Roberts to record a fine doubles win the last remaining County Officers side exited the competition 5-2. They await the outcome of an intriguing semi final between Electric Spots A and revitalised Saughall Institute.