AS the end of the Mid-Cheshire Table Tennis League Super League season approaches, the race for the Division One title could not be tighter.

With two games remaining, Tigers and George Abbotts Butchers are locked on 86 points with the former top by virtue of having won more matches.

Both sides stayed on course with victories in week 14, with Tigers sneaking a narrow 6-4 win over Sparks while the Butchers thrashed Victoria Club 10-0.

The unbeaten Shaun Hall was in top form for the Tigers as he won all of his matches in straight sets before combining with Ray Worthington to take the doubles.

George Abbott, Geoff Cummings and Wayne Percival, who was playing practically on one leg pending a knee operation, all started for the Butchers.

Elsewhere, Simon Lafferty, Alan Darlington and Chris Snape were all in fine form for the Raptors as they hammered the Wreckers 10-0.

Lemmings overcame Winsford 8-2, with Steve Stockton winning both of his matches.

In Division Two, Cobras remain top despite having a week off – they lead Bears by 16 points after the second-place side battled to a 6-4 win over third-place Daresbury Lab Rats.

In a round of tight matches, 90-year-old Alf Perry chipped in with two wins to help Manweb win 6-4 at Hawks while Sticklebacks and Vikings played out a 5-5 draw.

Victoria Club’s second string retained their grip on Division Three with a 7-3 win at Kinetics, with Alan Lenton extending his perfect league record to 27 wins from as many matches.

Second-place Snakes were surprisingly beaten by a young Lostock Smashers side – Jonah Bolton and Alex Lyons starred in a 6-4 win.

Bottom side Rangers grabbed their first victory of the season by beating second-bottom Wolves 6-4, with Josh Sharples taking a maximum.