Last week in the Bolton & District Table Tennis League the first half of the league season came to a close. This gives us a good idea of how the final tables may look at the end of the season. In the Premier Division, if anyone had any ideas that second-placed Ramsbottom Town A might close the gap on top team Flixton ppong A then they were summerly scuppered as Flixton went to town beating them 21 – 11 with nines coming from Stephen Scowcroft and Pawel Orzechowski. Third-placed Flixton ppong B were also on song as they beat tenth-placed Burning Desire 22 – 12 helped by nine from Keith Deaville. Fourth-placed Hilton a just lost out 18 – 16 to Little Lever Cricket Club A two places below them with their Graham Jeffries on nine. Wharton in fifth place had a 25 – 13 win over seventh-placed Ramsbottom Town B with nines coming from Dean Walmsley and Martin Wyatt. Mid-table Coburg A were surprisingly held to a draw 16 – 16 by bottom team Hilton B with Coburg’s Charles Musa on nine. Ninth-placed Radcliffe TTC just lost out 18 – 16 to second-bottom Ladybridge A whose Stephen Barber achieved nine.
Ramsbottom Town C at the top of Division One had a full points win 27 – 6 against eighth-placed Hilton C. Second-placed Polonia Club A suffered a 25 – 11 defeat against Coburg B two places below them with Coburg’s Ian Quinn on nine. Third-placed Little Lever Cricket Club B maintained form with a 23 – 15 win over second-bottom North West Lions with nines from Paul Tatlock and Ian Lansdale. Fifth-placed Hilton D had a 24 – 10 success over Meadow Ben A in position nine. Mid-table Wingates had a virtual walkover 27 – 0 against bottom team Farnworth Social Circle A who only had two players. Also, mid-table Heaton Cricket Club A held tenth-placed Hilton E at bay with a 22 – 12 win with nines from David Hall and Duncan Kay.
In Division Two top team Farnworth Social Circle C have a result to come against their own second-bottom B team. Hilton Hawks are on their tail. They beat Brass Zone 24 – 13 helped by nine from Peter McCormick. Third-placed Ladybridge B overcame fifth-placed Meadow Ben B 19 – 12 with nines coming from John Birchall and John Cole. Fourth-placed Hilton Top Spinners drew 16 – 16 against seventh-placed Lostock Tennis Club with John Nuttall on nine for Lostock.
Farnworth Social Circle D at the top of Division Three defeated now fourth-placed Polonia Club B 19 – 13 thanks to nine from Peter Walker. Only four points separate positions 2, 3 & 4. Now second-placed Meadow Ben C gave Hilton H a pasting 25 – 5 with nines from Debbie Wilson and Jack Berry. Third-placed Albany just lost out 17 – 16 to sixth-placed Meadow Ben D whose Steven Robertson was on form with nine. Fifth-placed Hilton G took advantage of bottom team Bolton Hindu Forum 24 – 10 with nines from Malcolm Wilcock and Nathan Donaldson. Seventh-placed Ladybridge C faced a two-man second-bottom Meadow Hill Tennis Club B winning out 25 - 5.