The Bolton and District Table Tennis League kicked off the season last week with a somewhat shaky start mainly because of the split between two administrative systems, Table Tennis England and Table Tennis 365 which previously displayed and processed results on their behalf. Now there were two separate fees to be paid instead of just one. Some leagues were starting later than others so some players had paid or been paid for and some hadn’t. It turned out that it does not matter if the fee is paid before or after the match, but they then had to upgrade the software to cope with that situation. This resulted in some match cards appearing later than expected. This may settle down in time.
Results available in the Premier Division had Ramsbottom Town A, leaders last year, just beating Flixton ppong B 20 – 16. Newly promoted Burning Desire beat Hilton B 26 – 11 with maximum nines from Stuart Horn and Fred Turbon. Wharton beat Little Lever Club A 24 – 9 with nines from Barry Elliott and Martin Wyatt. Ladybridge A and Coburg A drew 18 - 18 with Coburg’s Kyan Chin taking nine points. Radcliffe TTC, formally Radcliffe Cricket Club just beat Hilton A 19 – 15 despite a resisting nine from Andrew Michnowiec. Radcliffe now have a new home venue at Ladybridge Community Centre. The match between Ramsbottom Town B and Flixton ppong A is awaiting a Committee decision.
In Division One, Polonia Club A had a good 26 – 8 win over newly formed team North West Lions with Vojtech Sanc and Ivan Kouril on maximum nines. Little Lever Cricket Club B beat Meadow Ben A 25 – 11 with nines from Ian Lansdale and Roy Costello. Hilton D beat their own E team, formally St Paul’s Peel 25 – 12 with nines from Stuart McCaig and Mathew Fishwick. Heaton Cricket Club A were beaten by Wingates 18 – 13 helped by a nine from John Bradbury. Coburg B beat Hilton C 20 – 13 with nines from Chris Naylor and newly acquired Lee Devenport.
Division Two’s newly promoted Lostock Tennis Club, previously Meadow Hill A, beat Brass Zone 24 – 11 assisted by nine from John Nuttall. Meadow Ben B beat Heaton Cricket Club B 18 -12 helped by nine from Mike Heaton. Farnworth Social Circle B just beat Ramsbottom Town B 17 – 15 with nine coming from Farnworth’s Martyn Garnet. Also, Farnworth’s newly promoted C team had a good 18 – 14 win over Hilton F assisted by nine from Ben Wyatt.
In Division Three, Farnworth Social Circle D got off to a flying start with a full points 27 – 5 win over Hilton H. Meadow Ben C beat Meadow Hill Tennis club from the same venue 23 – 13 with nine from Debbie Wilson. By the same score, juniors Hilton I beat band new team Bolton Hindu Forum assisted by a nine from Jamie Sutcliffe. Albany and Hilton G were held to a 16 -16 draw with Albany’s Les Welch taking nine points. Ladybridge C just pipped Meadow Ben C 17 – 16.