News Report wc 14 Mar 2016

Barrow edged closer towards the Premier division title following an emphatic 10 0 victory over Pulford A, a match which nevertheless produced some excellent table tennis. Jonathan Taylor was taken to four exceptionally hard games by Ray Worthington and Mitchell Barker came from 6 10 down in the fifth to snatch a victory against the same opponent. Elsewhere Newton defeated a sporting Select team 8 2 with Connor Climo hitting a maximum and John Chan led Pulford B to a hard fought draw at Groves.

Division 1 action saw Newton B virtually end the title hopes of County Officers A with a splendid 8 2 victory, Roger Lee hitting 3 fine wins, and Wayne Taylor was undefeated as Saughall Deva continued to move away from the relegation area with a terrific 6 4 win over fellow strugglers Groves C. John Allera led Barrow A to an 8 2 win over Beechwood and they now lie in second position in the table.

Division 2 favourites, Saughall Port, were surprisingly held to a draw by Officers B enabling rivals Officers C to close the gap following a comfortable 7 3 scoreline over their own D side. Barrow B remain top but were held to a draw by Barrovians for whom Terry Haselden strengthened his hold on the merit trophy with three terrific wins. Andy Moulton and Jack Auckland were both in top form as Electric Sports recorded a good 7 3 away victory over bottom placed Tarporley.

Barrow C threw down the gauntlet to rivals Saughall Institute in division 3 following a splendid 9 1 scoreline over Electric Sports A and have now completed their fixtures. To win the league Saughall need to defeat the same opponents by a maximum score on Monday evening. Dave Randell hit a terrific maximum for lowly Groves E but failed to save his team from a 3 7 defeat against Officers E.

D Terry

Author: via Chester and Ellesmere Port Table Tennis League
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