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BSF TENNIS LEAGUE - by Stephen Maslivec (Mixed League Match Secretary) - 3rd May 2018
HOLCOMBE BROOK A OFF TO A WINNING START
In week one of Bolton Sport Federations Mixed Tennis League, Holcombe Brook A began their 2018 Division 1 campaign with a fine win against rivals Hawshaw A 64 – 44.
Reigning Champions Holcombe started strongly, taking all four mixed sets to lead 24-9. And while Hawkshaw’s Lisa Cartwright and Vicky Coxen notched up 6-1 and 6-5 sets wins in their ladies doubles, it was Holcombe’s men’s pairings of Tom Lemon & Gregg Collins, and Mark Hartley & Steve Darlington who won three sets to cement victory.
Bradshaw A found Lostock A hard to handle as newly promoted Bradshaw could only secure two sets in their 28 – 64 defeat. Lostock’s ladies, Louise and Laura Taylor, and Jo Taylor and Antonia Heep, were particularly strong, winning all 4 sets with just 10 games conceded.
Elsewhere in Division 1 there was a surprise 56 – 44 win for Walmer A against last year’s runners up Markland Hill A. The damage for Markland Hill was done during the mixed doubles as Walmer took three sets with just 10 games conceded. In the men’s and ladies pairings, honours were even throughout with both teams winning two sets each.
In Division 2, new team Chorley defeated Hawkshaw B 66 – 42. After the mixed doubles Chorley led by nine games, and while the ladies doubles were evenly matched, it was Chorley’s men who secured the win by taking all four sets with just 10 games conceded.
Ellesmere were relegated from Division 1 last season and in their match against David Lloyd Abitare B, their poor form continued. It was a close match though, with both teams winning six sets each. But David Lloyd’s Becky Ball & Jo Ball, and Liz Perry & Julie Holmes made all the difference as they took 21 games to clinch the match 53-50.
Newly promoted Bradshaw B met former Division 1 side, Lostock B in their opening match of the season. It did not take long for the gap between the teams to be realised as Lostock stormed into a 16 games lead after the mixed doubles. And things did not get any better for Bradshaw as Lostock went on to take all 12 sets and to win the match 72-28.
In Division 3, Barrow Bridge A began their season with an accomplished 61-40 win against Longsight St Catherine’s. Both teams were in Division 2 last season, and it seemed that the outcome of this match was going to be a close call as Bridge led by 6 games after the mixed sets. But with three sets wins in each of the men’s doubles and the ladies doubles, Bridge cruised to a comfortable victory. Joanne Darby and Hannah Rogerson, and Simon Darby and Andrew Newton were particularly impressive as they took their respective sets with a total of seven games conceded.
The match between Holcombe Brook C and Hawkshaw C was a close affair. Hawkshaw C were in Division 2 last season, but this did not intimidate Holcombe as they led by four games after the mixed sets. And while Hawkshaw’s men were dominant in their doubles matches it was Holcombe’s ladies, Maggie Eady and Julie Jones, and Clair Topping and Hilary Waite who held their collective nerve to take 23 games and to win the match, 52-48.
In other matches, new team David Lloyd Chorley began their Division 3 campaign with a 72-4 thumping of Markland Hill C, and in Division 4, the all Lostock affair between the D team and the C team ended, as expected, in a win for the C team, 61-47. Also in Division 4 there was a comfortable 67-33 win for David Lloyd Abitare C against Markland Hill D.