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BSF TENNIS LEAGUE - by Mark Pearson (League Chairman) - 27th June 2018
The men’s divisions are now really taking shape as we reach the half-way point in the season. No one seems able to touch David Lloyd Chorley as they seek to take their fourth successive Division 1 title. This week they won 6-3 against Holcombe Brook A who unusually find themselves in a mid-table position. Ellesmere A are emerging as the leading challengers. Their 8-1 victory over strugglers, Tyldesley A, saw them move two points clear of Leigh A and Markland Hill A. Tydesley’s only success was achieved by Rob Everett and Chris Hurst. Leigh’s latest victory was an equally convincing win against Lostock A. Andy Hibbert and James Tannahill starred for Leigh, whist Chris Blackshaw and Josh Sabery took Lostock’s only set. Meanwhile, Markland Hill A, with a weakened team, stumbled at home to Chorley A, going down 6-3, despite Martin Bromley and Paul Bentley winning their three sets.
Hawshaw A look to be well in control in Division 2, Elton Vale A being their latest victims. David Lloyd Abitare A are close behind and much will depend on their meeting this week. After a slow start, David Lloyd Chorley B are also in the mix. They have only lost twice this season and on both occasions, it was 5-4 against the leading two teams. The performance of Jay Hardy and Luke Blackburn was crucial as they won three sets in 6-3 win for Walmer A over Ellesmere B.
The tightness of the competition in Division 3 was emphasised this week, when both the leading teams won, by 5-4 margins. Eagley A were playing the division’s bottom team, Holcombe Brook B. Steve and Ian Axford made it difficult for Eagley by winning two sets, but Andrew Seal and Rob Hands saw the victors home. David Philpotts and Paul Kay got their money’s worth with three tie-breaks, winning two, but it was the one they lost that proved costly as Leigh B went down 5-4 at Lostock B.
A quirk of the fixture list produced matches between the top two teams in each of the bottom three divisions. Elton Vale B beat Markland Hill 5-4 to go top in division 5. In Division 6, Holcombe Brook C produced a convincing 7-2 victory over their main rivals Ellesmere C. A much closer affair arose in Division 7, where Tony Williams and Chetan Reddy won three sets for Roe Green B but finished on the losing side as Markland Hill D won 5-4, including two sets won on the tie-break.