COUNTY captain Mark Butler helped Waterside A to a 6-4 win in their Southampton table tennis league Premier Division top-of-the-table clash with Alpha A.

He won his three singles and was supported by Howard Davies and Colin Thompson who each won once.

The outcome depended on the final game of doubles which Mark Butler and Howard Davies took in the fifth and deciding game over Alex Rourke and Danny Lucking.

The Snows A side of Malcolm Cummins, Mauri Shave and Chris Wilshere had no trouble in defeating newcomers Insurance A 10-0.

Generation II likewise caned Snows D 10-0, with Charlie Childs, Victor Imiseev and Graham Toole all undefeated.

Snows B defeated Snows D 9-1, but the match was a lot closer than the score suggest. Robin Plunkett and Andy Phillips both were unbeaten, while Don Child only lost to Keith Middleton.

In Division One Chris and father Ken Butt were unbeaten for Hedge End A to stay top after they beat Alpha D 7-3. Chris Marshall, Craig Rennie and Pete Humphry each won one game for the losers in beating Colin Butt.

Waterside B are keeping the pressure on Hedge End by defeating Snows E 9-1. Geoff Willis and Ian Davis both won all of their games, while 15-year-old Chris Willsher only lost to Anne Longland.

Survey A held Alpha C to a 5-5 draw with Phil Allen unbeaten.

Alpha B gained an excellent 9-1 victory over Four T's A who had new signing ex-Premier player Nigel Lodder playing for them.

Alpha's players of Glenn Medcalf, Alister Turner and Alan McAlpine won all their singles.

In Division Two Waterside D stay top after a good 10-0 win at NF Nalgo.

Snows F keep up their winning ways with a 8-2 victory over Hedge End B, while a maximum from new man Dennis Elkins gave Waterside F a good 5-5 draw against Hedge End C.

Two-man St Denys B suffered a heavy 9-1 defeat at the hands of BAT B, while promoted Woolston B are making an impact on Division Two as they beat Four Ts B 7-3.

In Division Three Waterside G, fielding their normal team of Mark Heathorn, Scott Ashmore and Luke Riche for the first time in the four matches, caned Hospitals 10-0.

But Four Ts C are top after their 7-3 win against Waterside J.

A 7-3 win for Pirelli B over Four Ts D has taken them to the top of Division Four.

Terry Gentle gained what looked to be a comfortable straight games maximum.

Meanwhile, the Pirelli A team defeated Alpha F by the same 7-3 scoreline with Roger Hawkins unbeaten.

Wimpey recorded their third successive draw when they took two points from Four Ts E.

Insurance B have gone third after trouncing Southampton West D 10-0, while the Southampton West A team of Gary Longland, Mark Knowles and John McBeath have gone second.

Winchester staged a remarkable comeback to beat Bournemouth in the Hampshire table tennis inter town league.

They had fallen 3-0 down, but came back to win 5-3 thanks to some outstanding performances from top Hampshire lady Barbara Savage.

Clive Hacker also produced an outstanding performance to beat Bournemouth's Mike Welles 21-17 in the deciding game after being 13-4 down.

Winchester men's team were also in good form with a comfortable 10-0 win against Andover.

The very first match was between Winchester's 17-year-old Alex Garlick and Andover's number one, Ray Carver, and was the only match to go into a third and deciding game.

Other victorious Winchester players were Chris Prince and Dave Menzel.