Honours were even when Henley B entertained FISSC in the battle of the basement. The result was a fair reflection of proceedings as initially the home team edged ahead only to be pegged back by their guests. The Villagers' captain Robert McCluskey led by example with a maximum, although he was made to fight all the way by Peter Bruce-Moore before winning the decider. McCluskey also partnered Dave Hatcher to success in the doubles, but it was the latter who claimed the crucial match after overturning an initial deficit to overcome Richard Bennett. Bruce-Moore and Malcolm Smith both earned braces for the Farmers with Bennett securing their other singles.

McCluskey recorded another treble when his team took on Royal Mail, although this looked unlikely when he found himself two games down to Nello Mauri, but a terrific fight back saw him come through. Unfortunately all the other games went the way of the Postmen despite Gordon Trinder taking Wilf Chan to the wire. Malcolm Heritage, Mauri and Chan all went home with braces as their team won 7-3.

Mauri's success over Tony Remes was his team's only consolation when they took on Shottery B, although he also twice held the lead against Gareth Hepworth only to lose out in the only match to go the distance. Tim Fell notched a treble for Shottery without losing a game, while Hepworth was also unbeaten with Remes earning a brace.

Fell and Hepworth contributed further trebles as Shottery B overcame Ashorne 8-2. The two players also tasted victory in the doubles after overcoming a two game deficit. Remes added their other success although was unable to get the better of either George Mudie or John Hunt. In the most keenly contested encounter of the evening Remes battled back to level the score after losing the first two games to Hunt only to see his opponent claim the decider 14-12.

Don McAdam defeated Graham Poole to provide Henley A's only reward against Shottery A. In an unusual sequence of play his captain Geoff Shepherd was on the table for the first and third matches but then had to sit out until the final encounter of the evening. Shepherd did have the pleasure of winning the opener against Gary Stewart only for the Shottery captain to get into his stride and as he went on to chalk up yet another treble, Stephen Foster also contributed a perfect performance with Poole earning a brace . Unusually Stewart rested himself in the doubles where Foster and Poole had just enough as they claimed victory in the only match to go to a fifth game.


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