Radcliffe keep up pressure in title race

THERE was no change at the top of Division One in the Bury and District Table Tennis League with wins for leaders Ramsbottom Town A and second-placed Radcliffe Cricket Club.

Radcliffe showed just why they are chasing for the title after overpowering Prestwich B 10-0 at home. Rob Hall, Nigel Hallows and Mick Dore were the unbeaten players.

Ramsbottom Town A had more of a struggle at home to third-placed Little Lever, running out 7-3 winners. Andrew Jackson won his three for Ramsbottom to stay stop of the averages and Mick Moir also scored a treble.

Elsewhere, Prestwich A won 6-4 at Burning Desire, with Colin Boardman earning a 100 per cent record for the visitors, and there was also a home win for BAE, who beat Carlton Club A 7-3. Tony Bates led the way with three wins.

Just four points separate the top three in Division Two with three games of the season remaining.

Maccabi A remain at the top after beating Elton Vale A 8-2 at home. Dean Clynes and Stuart Landes each won three for Maccabi.

Seedfield A are a point back in second place and continue to put pressure on the leaders, sweeping Polish Catholic club aside with a 10-0 win this week. David Poytress, Peter Mears and Julian Nuttall were unbeaten.

Third-placed SP Carlton are the final side in the division with a strong title chance. They beat Carlton Vale 7-3 at home but none of their players could get the better of Carlton’s Chris Sutcliffe.

Prestwich D, who are fourth with a game in hand on the top three, could still trouble the leaders if they all implode in the title run-in. They enjoyed a 7-3 win at Holmar A – Steve Hathaway starring with a perfect record.

Prestwich E also won, Mohammed Sagied’s treble helping them see off two man ELPM A 7-3 at home.

Runaway leaders Hilton YMCA kept up their title charge in Division Three, winning 8-2 at bottom side Seedfield C. Jim Hewitt was unbeaten for Hilton to keep up his challenge for the top 10 title.

Second-placed Seedfield B won 9-1 at Shawfield A to keep their outside chances alive. Terry Shaw avoided the whitewash for Shawfield when he beat Ian Boyle nine in the fourth.

Unusually, there were two draws in the week. Carlton Club C tied at home to Elton Vale Sports Club B, with Carlton’s Steve Evans the only unbeaten player.

Maccabi B also drew at home with Ramsbottom B, Martin Ormsby winning his three for the visitors.

ELPM B won 7-3 at home to Shawfield B, but the visitors’ Wayne Ellis was the only player to win all three.

The big match in Division Four this week was at the bottom of the table. Holmar C moved off the foot of the division with a 6-4 win at third-bottom Prestwich G. Bob Goodman did his best, winning his three for Prestwich, but two wins each for Roy Steventon and Jack Berry helped close the gap between the sides to two points.

Prestwich F are 18 points clear at the top after winning a tight encounter at home to Maccabi F 6-4. Daniel Sheldon was unbeaten for Maccabi.

Second-placed Shawfield C beat Maccabi D 8-2 at home, with both Peter Gregory and Roger Snowden scoring trebles for the home side.

Bury Grammar School Old Boys A enjoyed a 9-1 win at home to Maccabi E 9-1. Barry Warburton and Andy Evans each won their three for Bury Grammar, as well as the doubles.

Holmar B beat Ramsbottom TT Academy A by the same scoreline.

James Collier kept his lead in the top 10 averages with three wins for Division Five leaders Shawfield E, who overpowered Seedfield D 9-1 at home. Lauren Brassington also won three.

Bottom side Seedfield E lost 6-4 at home to junior team Shawfield G. Josh Fallows had three good wins for Shawfield.

Just eight points separate second and fifth in the division.

Holmar E jumped to the top of that mini-league with an 8-2 win at home to Shawfield F – Graham Wardle leading the way with three wins.

Wardle Conservative Club are fifth after a 7-3 win at home to Holmar D, who slipped to third.

The undoubted star of this week’s entire programme of fixtures, however, was eight-year-old Amir Hussain, who won his three matches comfortably as Ramsbottom TT Academy B beat ELPM D 6-4 at home.

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