When top met bottom the result came as no surprise although it was not a true reflection of the endeavour put in by the underdogs. Shottery A came away from Henley B with a whitewash but were made to work hard, particularly by the host's captain Robert McCluskey. After being two games down to Graham Poole he fought back to level the score only to narrowly lose out in the decider. McCluskey also battled hard against Tim Fell but was unable to get the better of his opposite number. The league leader's Stephen Foster's arrival was delayed, which meant he had to play all three of his singles in succession but he rose to the challenge and notched a treble without the loss of a game.
Having been called up by Shottery A Fell's place in their B side was taken by newcomer Gareth Hepworth when they entertained FISSC. Hepworth had not played competitive table tennis for some two decades but proved that once a player always a player. He celebrated his debut with a perfect performance thereby providing the backbone to his new colleague's success. Dave Milton also notched a treble, although his team were prevented from acquiring a clean sweep when Richard Bennett battled hard to gain a consolation victory for FISSC. However his opponent Tony Remes can consider himself somewhat unfortunate as he won more points than the Farmer over the course of their encounter.
Meanwhile, on the adjoining table, Rob Poole was in sparking form for Shottery C when they took on Ashorne. He didn't drop a game on his way to registering an unbeaten display. Unfortunately that was all his team were able to muster as they lost out 3 - 7. For the visitors Steve Bolton, John Hunt and George Mudie all went home with braces, with the last pairing also claiming the doubles.
Honours were even when Henley A welcomed Royal Mail. However none of the villagers were able to get close to Nello Mauri who acquired a treble with something to spare. His opposing captain, Geoff Shephard, made a slow start to all his matches, earning just 11 points over the course of his three opening games and being on the receiving end of a love game against Mauri. However he overcame early disadvantages in his other two encounters, notably claiming two of the three successive deuce games against Malcolm Heritage before closing out the decider. Peter Quince also went the distance with the Postman but, this time, it was Heritage who enjoyed the red letter day. With Stuart Ayres notching a brace for the hosts the outcome of the fixture depended on the doubles. However, despite having tried all possible pairings during the season, this continued to prove Henley's archilles heel with Mauri and Heritage not fully extended as they ensured their team a share of the points.