The Chester/ Ellesmere Port championships produced some excellent table tennis at the finals night held last week at Groves. Shaun Hall duly retained his singles title outpointing in the final the only player who had lowered his colours in the current league season, Aaron Beech.
Shaun then teamed up with National Police runner up Mark Pugh to also take the doubles title in a tight 3 setter from Aaron and Rob Wylie, the Barrow club duo. In a later match Mark faced Mal McEvoy in the Veterans final but was comfortably defeated by the experienced Cheshire County player, and in the over 60s final it was good to welcome back Phil Luxon and he used all his expertise to outpoint Martyn Jones to take the title.
Polina Petrova from the Saughall club is our new ladies champion, comfortably out scoring a very sporting Michelle Hall, but the latter took the doubles title when she paired up with promising Charlotte Armor to defeat the Petrova/Hall combination. In the mixed final Keith Bartlett retained his title but changed partners to team up with Petrova and both were pleasantly surprised to outpoint the strong Shaun/Charlotte Hall combination.
In a hard hitting Junior singles final Jake Norton edged out teammate Tom Peake and Logan Lee was successful in the cadets with a close victory over Joe Aspberry. Under 12 champion this year is Jacob Stevenson who defeated Justin Bell to take the title.
In the one remaining cup final a brilliant match ended 5 4 in favour of the Tarporley Electric A team over the sporting Saughall Institute squad. Talented Russell Hunt led the way and was very backed up by teammates Stephen Wright and skipper Ian Swaffield in a clash that was a credit to the third division.