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BSF TENNIS LEAGUE - by Mark Pearson (Chairman) - 8th August 2018
With only two weeks remaining of the 2018 season, many teams still have much to play for. The Division 1 title has already been settled, with David Lloyd Chorley A undefeated to date; their latest success a 9-0 whitewash over relegated Tyldesley A. Their nearest rivals (some 8 points behind) are Ellesmere A and Markland Hill A. Both had comfortable wins this week against Lostock A and Leigh A respectively. John Nuttall and Andy Westmorland took 3 sets for Ellesmere at Lostock, whilst Martin Robinson and Arfat Khan recorded the only successes for the home team. Markland Hill’s victory was more emphatic at 8-1. James Moores and Leon Bellis scored Leigh’s only set. The second relegation spot is destined for either Lostock A or Chorley A. Chorley lost at home to Holcombe Brook A. Jamie Oakes and Tom Lemon won 3 sets for the visitors, whilst James Richardson and Matt Croasdale took 2 sets for Chorley.
The Division 2 champions and runners-up have also been settled. Hawkshaw A are undefeated so far. Their latest success was a 7-2 victory at David Lloyd Abitare B, with Ed Brown and Jamie Allen winning all their sets for Hawkshaw. David Lloyd Abitare’s senior team have secured runners-up spot with a 7-2 triumph at Ellesmere B, despite Ged Sheppard and Richard Lane taking 2 sets for Ellesmere. Sachin Govind and Tom Forrester were very strong for David Lloyd. A 5-4 win for Darwen against Elton Vale A, condemned Elton Vale to finish bottom. The performance of Matt Barlow and Joe Barnes was crucial for Darwen as they won 3 sets.
Divisions 3 and 5 are the most competitive, with 6 teams in each division vying for the top 2 spots. Leigh B currently lead Lostock B on sets difference in Division 3. Their latest success came at home to Markland Hill B 6-3, with each pair beating their opposite number. The young pairing of Richard Flanagan and Josh Kay put in an impressive performance for Markland Hill, but their team’s defeat virtually ends their aspirations for a top two spot. Lostock B had a tight win at promotion rivals Winton. Two tie-break wins for Matt Brindle and Steven Mitchell were enough to secure the points in a 5-4 win. Andrew Seal and Matt Langlands won 3 sets for Eagley A at Roe Green A, but their team went down 6-3. Both these teams are also challenging for a top two finish.
In Division 5, Elton Vale B retained top spot with a 5-4 victory over Meadow Hill A. Alex and Jack Milner scored 3 sets for Meadow Hill, only to finish on the losing side. A solid all-round performance saw Lostock C win 6-3 at Bradshaw B to keep second spot, but they have two difficult matches remaining – against leaders Elton Vale and the very much improved Monton. Any slip could let in Markland Hill C, Meadow Hill A or even Bradshaw B or Monton themselves.
David Lloyd Abitare C defeated their only serious rivals, Hawkshaw B to secure the Division 4 title, despite Ed Hall and Ste Cross recording 3 victories for Hawkshaw. Hawkshaw themselves are certain of the runners-up position. Walmer B appear destined for relegation. Mike Davies and Dave Gerrard took 3 sets for them at Eagley B, but they got no contribution from the rest of their team, to go down 6-3. The win for Eagley did much to help their hopes of stopping up. At Claremont, the match result went down to the last set on court with the sets tied at 4-4. Craig Owen and Sina Ghanbari-Saheli, for Bradshaw A, recovered from 5-3 down to take the set, with a very impressive tie-break.
Division 6 is a two-horse race, between Holcombe Brook C and Ellesmere C. Both had comfortable victories over relegated Hawkshaw D and mid-table Bradshaw C respectively. They meet in the last match of the season which, barring upsets this week, should prove to be the title decider.
Markland Hill D are leading division 7, but Lostock D and Roe Green B are still in the hunt. All won convincingly this week. Matt and Charlie Dixon took 3 sets for Hawkshaw E at Lostock, but that was Hawshaw’s only success, with the rest of their team failing to register a game. Roe Green’s final two matches are at home to Lostock D and Markland Hill D, which should make for an interesting finish.