Whilst still at the top of the premier Division, Norton B had a scare when they were pushed by lowly Penkhull B. Norton B only had two players and after Neil Hough lost to Ferenc Horvai, Norton B were already 4 down. Chris Bailey took a maximum, but the 9th game of the night between Neil Hough and Mercia Ionel was a real cliff-hanger. Neil took the first 14-12 and then the second, but Mercia came back taking the third and fourth games 11-8 third and 11-13. Sp, onto a final firth game and it was touch and go, but Neil finally came out on top 12-10. Despite a win for Crewe Post Office by 7-3 over Kidsgrove A with Winston Duff taking the maximum and being Player of the Match, Crewe are only in fourth spot, 4 points adrift from 3rd placed Bradwell A. Next week sees a bottom of the table clash between Kidsgrove B and Bradwell B and a win for either could boost their chances of avoiding relegation.
Division 1 saw some surprises involving two Bradwell teams. The lowly second to bottom of the table Bradwell F team of Neil Colville, Andy and Roger Bateman took on joint top of the table Norton D’s team of Tony Stanway, Cyril Merriman and David Ferry and came out 6-4 winners, with the maximum 3 for Neil Colville and Andy Bateman taking the scalps of both David Ferry and Tony Stanway. This pushed Norton D down into 3rd spot and gave Bradwell F a boost. The Bradwell E team visited Penkhull D and were pushed all the way with Penkhull gaining a good 5-5 all draw, which saw 2 each from John Askey and Robert Majkut. MESC B remain top of this division after a 7-3 win over a much depleted Kidsgrove C team.
Division 2 also saw a surprise with middle of the table MESC C beating 2nd placed Norton H by 6-4, pushing them down into joint 4th place. There were two wins each from Tom O’Grady and John Copper and a win for Nathan Brindley plus the doubles, gave MESC C the win. Next Tuesday the Norton H team take on their own G team, who after a slow start, are picking up points and they had a 10-0 win over Kidsgrove E and this could be a close match and the one to watch.