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BSF TENNIS LEAGUE - by Stephen Maslivec (Mixed Tennis League Secretary) - 23rd May 2018
DAVID LLOYD ABITARE A OFF TO A FLYING START
After Week 3 in the Bolton Sports Federation Mixed Tennis League, David Lloyd Abitare A of Division 1, have got off to a flying start.
Abitare, formerly David Lloyd Bolton A, have won each of their first 3 matches, all in fine style. In their opening match the re-formulated team beat Markland Hill B 69 to 29. Then came a 71 to 39 victory against Walmer A, and in their latest match, Abitare had a resounding 69 to 26 victory at Bradshaw A.
Meanwhile, last year’s champions, Holcombe Brook A, met last year’s runners up, Markland Hill A. In a closely contested match, Holcombe’s ladies pairing of Olivia Peet and Jahnaya Fletchman conceded just two games to effectively win the match for Holcombe, 54 to 45. Joining Holcombe on four points are Hawkshaw A, Lostock A, and Walmer A. Newly promoted Markland Hill B and Bradshaw A have yet to register a win from their first three matches.
In Division 2, new team Chorley are in pole position following their 72 to 26 demolition of David Lloyd Abitare B. Chorley have won each of their first three matches, conceding just 94 games in the process. In second place with 4 points is Lostock B, following their 69 to 47 victory against Holcombe Brook B. Lostock were relegated from Division 1 last season, but their current form would suggest an early return, along with Chorley. Hawkshaw B and Bradshaw B have both yet to register any points.
In Division 3, David Lloyd Chorley and Holcombe Brook C currently top the division. Both teams have yet to experience defeat, and with David Lloyd Chorley’s 57 to 49 win against Longsight St Catherine’s and Holcombe’s 69 to 34 win against Markland Hill C, it would be no surprise if these two teams maintained their winning ways to the end of the season.
Hawshaw C were relegated from Division 2 last season and they had a close encounter against newly promoted Elton Vale. After the mixed pairings Vale were bossing the game as they took all four sets to set up a 10 games lead. But after the ladies doubles, the match swung towards Hawkshaw as Jenny Healy and Rachel Egan, and Fiona Wheeler and Kate Caldwell took all four sets to give their team a five games lead. And when Hawkshaw’s Ed Hall and Ste Billings won one set and narrowly lost the other, it looked as they had done enough to secure a win. But Elton Vale’s Omer Butt and Jonathan Birkitt pulled off a remarkable win for Vale as they won their sets 6-4 and 6 - 0 and the match, 53 to Hawshaw’s 52.
Hawshaw’s defeat keeps them at the foot of the division along with Markland Hill C. Neither team has secured any points.
In Division 4, Lostock C had a close 49 to 45 win at Walmer B to secure top spot with three wins out of three, and David Lloyd Abitare C are in second spot with 4 points following their 57 to 52 win away at Lostock D. Meadow Hill’s 58 to 47 win at David Lloyd Abitare D keeps them in third spot, also on 4 points. Lostock D, Markland Hill D and David Lloyd Abitare D have all yet to register any points.
In Division 5 Holcombe Brook D are the clear leaders, following their comprehensive 70 to 27 win against Hawshaw E. Holcombe are looking strong this season. They top the Division with three wins out of three and they also had joy in the first round of the Cecil Cup when they knocked out Division 3’s David Lloyd Chorley. Also looking good is Bradshaw C with two wins out of two matches played. Barrow Bridge B, Lostock E and Hawkshaw E prop up the division with no points.