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BSF TENNIS LEAGUE REPORT by  Stephen Maslivec (Menís Match Secretary) 24th August 2023


Markland Hill A have won the 2023 BSF Menís Tennis League Division 1 Championship, an honour they last won in 1992.

Last season they have finished in third spot, behind champions Ellesmere A and runners-up David Lloyd Chorley A, but this season they won the title by four clear points from Ellesmere A. In the process they won all but one of their twelve matches played, with an impressive sets difference tally of seventy one, more than any other team in the League.

In contrast, Hawkshaw A finished their miserable season at the bottom of the Division 1 with five points, with David Lloyd Abitare A finishing second bottom on ten points.

In Division 2, Ellesmere B are Champions and so make an immediate return to the top flight next season. The Worsley based team won each of their twelve matches played, finishing five points ahead of second placed Tyldesley A. At the foot of the Division are Chorley A (four points) and Holcombe Brook B (eight points).

Markland Hill B are Champions (twenty points) of Division 3 with David Lloyd Chorley B (fifteen points) clinching the runners-up spot by one point ahead of David Lloyd Abitare B. Meanwhile, Hawkshaw B (three points) and Monton (nine points) are both relegated.

Eagley B are Champions of Division 4 with a total of seventeen points, one point better than second placed Winton. At the foot of the table are Ellesmere C, having registered just three points. Joining them in Division 5 next season will be Barrow Bridge B

In Division 5, Markland Hill C became Champions and, in so doing, make it a trio of divisional titles for the Markland Hill Club Ė an impressive achievement indeed. Bradshaw B finished second, three points behind the Champions. Meanwhile, Holcombe Brook C and Chorley B are relegated, finishing on four points and five points, respectively.

Having won all their matches played In Division 6, Astley and Tyldesley A (twenty-two points) are Champions with Bury-based Elton Vale B (nineteen points) in second place. In contrast, Hawkshaw C (one point) and Roe Green B (six points) are both relegated.

Meanwhile, in Division 7, David Lloyd Abitare D are Champions (twenty points) with Markland Hill D two points behind in second place. Lostock D and Chorley C are both relegated.

And finally, to Division 8 where new team David Lloyd Chorley comfortably won the divisional title, five points ahead of runners-up Markland Hill E. New team Tyldesley C finished at the foot of the Division on five points.