The Chester/ Ellesmere Port table tennis league held its annual tournament finals night at the Groves club last week and crowned a new men's singles champion in the process. In a pulsating final Aaron Beech came back from two games down to defeat slight favourite Shaun Hall, recent winner of the Mid Cheshire title, in a match of very high standards. In the semis Hall had out pointed Mark Pugh, conqueror of Wirral champion Jonathan Taylor in the quarters, whilst Beech had to defeat the ever improving Joe Killoran, who later retained the under 21 title. Killoran also featured in the men doubles where he paired up with Beech to face top seeds Hall and Taylor and they began well winning the first game 11- 3 but eventually lost narrowly in a nail biting 5th decider.
University student Hannah Winfield made up for the loss in the under 21 final by retaining her ladies title over Lynsey Pellew and later outpointed improving Paul Arrich to claim the division 1 title as well. Lynsey bounced back from the singles loss to pair up with brother Neil to win the mixed final over top seeds Beech and Lancashire county veteran Brenda Buoey, and then with mother Linda to narrowly take the ladies doubles, again in the 5th, this time defeating Buoey and Lola Roberts.
Tomasz Halucha became the new Veterans champion, showing tremendous form to defeat Rob Wylie in the semis and Mark Pugh in the final without dropping a game, and Ray Worthington comfortably took the over 60s title, defeating teammate Alf Perry in 3 games.
Elsewhere , in an all Groves clash Pellew defeated much improved Philip Hough in the division 2 final and newcomer from the Barrow club, Steve Tibbett, narrowly outpointed stubborn Robin Arrich to take the third division crown.