Current Premier champions, Newton, began their defence with a convincing 9 1 victory over a slightly weakened Pulford A squad. Ivor Jones was drafted in for the villagers and recorded a fine win over Clwyd county player Nev Lacey but Shaun Hall and Mark Pugh both hit fine maximums. Groves entertained the powerful Barrow team in their first match since promotion and suffered a heavy 10 0 defeat with the opponents featuring newcomer Mitchell Barker. Russell Benstead extended Rob Wylie in an otherwise straight forward result. Newton A fielded a very strong trio of Tomasz Rzeszotko, Milan Puchala and Ken Connor and swept aside a useful Pulford trio for whom Simon Jones gained the solitary win.
In division 1 John Allera led the strong Barrow A team to a terrific 8 2 victory over relegated County Officers, and for the second week the Officers A were also defeated, this time by newly promoted Groves C 6 4 with reserve Joe James in unbeatable form. Newton B were indebted to a maximum from Connor Climo to enable them to share the points with Groves B.
Division 2 action saw Saughall Port begin the season with a resounding 10 0 score line away at Tarporley. Both teams have strengthened in the summer, Russell Hunt joining Tarporley and Bulgarian Polina Petrova has returned to the ranks of Saughall and she immediately showed the form of 3 years ago prior to her having her first child. Another player returning is experienced Andy Moulton, and having signed for the Electric Sports he played in the narrow victory over the relegated Barrow B squad.
County Officers G outpointed a weakened Electric Sports A team 7-3 in a division 3 fixture, and Brian Wareing recorded a fine singles win for Barrow D over vastly improved youngster Tom Bawn in the clash with the strong Officers E squad, for whom John Ashton continued his good form.