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BSF TENNIS LEAGUE - by Mark Pearson (Junior League Match Secretary) - 16th May 2018
It is early days in the 2018 season, but there have been some emphatic results in the first two weeks, which suggest that Bellingham and Holcombe Brook A are going to be in the running for this year’s league title. Last season’s Division 2 champions, Bellingham, crushed Winstanley, the Division 1 reigning champions. Winstanley did field a weakened team, but given the strength of Bellingham’s victory, it seems unlikely that this would have affected the result. Last season’s runners-up, Markland Hill A, only did marginally better than Winstanley, going down 11-1 at home to Holcombe Brook A. Richard Flanagan and Ben Kyle scored Markland Hill’s only success. Greg Collins and Ian Axford starred for Holcombe Brook. In the week’s other fixture, a mix-up over fixture dates led to Markland Hill B conceding their match at Bradshaw A.
The results in Division 2 have been closer. David Lloyd Abitare have won both their matches; this week with an 8-4 victory at Hawkshaw A. David Lloyd set themselves up nicely by taking 3½ from the mixed sets. They sealed it with a strong performance from Joe Rogerson and Hamzah Charawali. Bryony Meech and Marla Davies did well for Hawkshaw. The closest match of the weekend saw Lostock A take a narrow win at home to Bradshaw B. Lostock made a good start, leading 3-1 after the mixed, but the Bradshaw girls’ pairings of Amy Tinniswood/Katie Holt and Ella Hilton/Maddie Morgan kept Bradshaw in the match. Ted Kenny and Lucas Greenhalgh saw Lostock over the line without dropping a game.
Only two matches have been played in Division 3 to date, with victories for Lostock B and Holcombe Brook B, over Tydesley and Hawkshaw B respectively, both of whom make a welcome return to the league. Holcombe Brook are looking stronger this year and were comfortable winners. The only set winners for Hawkshaw were Evie Coxen and Jack Noot.