Handy Andy takes the Premier prize

Andy Michnowiec is study of concentration on his way to the Premier Division crown
Andy Michnowiec is study of concentration on his way to the Premier Division crown
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The ever-consistent Andy Michnowiec took the Premier honours when the Preston Table Tennis League staged its annual divisionals competition.

URCL ace Michnowiec took won the top-flight contest after seeing off Astra’s Dean Walmsley 8-11 11-5 11-2 12-10 in the final.

Michnowiec has also beaten Astra players in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, first overcoming Paul Robinson 11-8 11-2 11-4 and then just edging out Ian Felton 3-11 11-9 2-11 11-9 11-8.

Walmsley had beaten Gryf defender Colin Parkinson 4-11 11-9 11-8 13-11 in a thrilling semi-final.

He also got the better of Ashton Meths newcomer Mateusz Krzyzewski 9-11 11-3 11-6 2-11 11-4 in the quarter-finals.

John Porter was a popular winner of the Division One event, which attracted a very healthy 26 entries.

The Jacobaeus player was effectively defending the title he won in 2013, as he was a Premier Division player last season.

In the final, Porter comfortably overcame Chris Nebard (Kirkham) 11-5 11-6 11-6, after previously overcoming Jacobaeus team-mate Paul Grayham in three very close sets 13-11 11-9 13-11 in the semi-final.

Grayham had beaten Jim Higham (Riverside) in his quarter-final 11-5 11-8 11-8.

Nebard had identical straight-set wins in his quarter and semi-final games against Nigel Fewster (Chorley) and team-mate Clive Appleby, both finishing 11-6 11-9 11-7.

The Division Two event was won by Pete Adamson.

The Ashton Meths man had to see off the challenge of promising youngster Oliver Garmston (Riverside) 11-3 11-9 11-9 in the final, after previously beating Ashton team-mate Mike Balshaw 11-6 11-9 11-9 in the semi-final.

Garmston had just edged past another youngster, Alex Shuttleworth (Jacobaeus) 9-11 15-13 11-9 5-11 11-6 in a fascinating semi-final.