A hard fought contest with the draw only secured by Chatham's doubles victory.
Mark Buckley went undefeated but had to rescue two match points against the ever consistent Simon Forest, 12,10 in the decider. Stuart Fritter was back to his old awkward tricks in defeating new Howard player, Alan Watson, three straight, and almost overcame Graham French as well, before being edged out 11,6 in the fifth.
The Howard captain picked up a brace, as did Simon Forest.
Greg Hackers couldn't trouble the scorecard, but he will be looking for easier matches, to hopefully break the duck