A Peter Florence composition:
Tanworth Taipans’ captain Jason Rainey played the first three games of their match against Ashorne gaining a clean-sweep without the loss of a set to give his team the best possible start. Mick Welsh subsequently added a brace and Tim Lawrence their crucial sixth point to clinch a 6-4 victory. Ashorne gave debuts to Andy Coonan and Andrea Cervi who combined to claim the doubles in the fixture’s closest encounter in which three of the five ends were settled at deuce. Coonan was also involved in the only other contest to go the full distance, where he narrowly overcame Welsh, and went home with a brace with Cervi recording their fourth score.
Colebridge Pasties top the table by a single point after overcoming Stratford C 7-3, but they will have been disappointed to have conceded the final two games of the evening. Bernard Oliver and Mike Credland had both produced trebles and Bob Brown a further win before Robert Bartkowski defeated Brown 13-11 in the fifth set. Bartkowski was then joined by Kevin Taylor to win the doubles against Oliver and Mahroof Hussain in the decider by an even narrower 15-13 margin.
Pete Barrow was on top form, notching a treble without reply, as Stratford A defeated Colebridge Bulldogs 8-2. Alex Boyd was also unbeaten, despite being made to work hard by Chris Welsh before taking their final set 11-9. Kannan Nithi added a further singles, and then partnered Barrow in the doubles where the pair overturned an initial disadvantage to take the honours. Welsh and Andy Rowland got on the card for Bulldogs.
A strong Stratford B recorded a clean sweep over their own D team with Kevin Taylor, Harry Azima and Michael Klein gaining maximums although the result didn’t reflect the continued improvement of their opponents in their first season of competitive table tennis.
Snitterfield recorded a 9-1 victory over Henley, although the result would have been much closer had their opponents been able to consolidate early advantages in the two contests to go down to the wire. Peter Quince was pipped to the post by Alison Stewart whilst Nigel Payne lost out in similar manner to John Price. However Payne subsequently had the consolation of ensuring his team didn't go away entirely empty-handed. Price and debutant Phil Paine chalked up trebles for Snitterfield before successfully combining to add the doubles, with Stewart earning their other two points.