Hawkshaw went down to Markland Hill A in the showdown which could decide second place in the Bolton Tennis League Mixed Section Division One.

In Division Two Holcombe Brook B maintained their lead with a win over second-placed Hawkshaw B.

In Division Four, top team Holcombe Brook C’s match against Markland Hill D started off close in the mixed sets, but Holcombe went on to win seven out of the remaining eight sets.

In Division Five, relegation-threatened Hawkshaw D beat Holcombe Brook D, only losing three sets.

In Division Six, Elton Vale kept their hopes of promotion alive with a win over bottom-placed Barrow Bridge B.

Walmer Men A beat Lostock C at home to cement their mid-table position in Division Two. Mark Booth and Rick Morley won 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, with another two sets added by Mike Davies and Adam Gooddy at 6-0, 6-0, 3-6. Dave Gerrard and Jay Hardy returned scores of 6-3, 6-6, 2-6 to complete the 5.5-3.5 victory.

In Division Four, Walmer B beat Longsight Meths B 5.5-3.5. Steve Routledge and Phil Mansfield laid a solid foundation with set scores of 6-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Paul Biggins and Nico Renzuli then scored 7-5, 6-2, 3-6 and Andy Parton and Tom Corbett won a set 6-3.

In Division Nine, Walmer D had a 7-2 win over Eagley C to maintain their promotion challenge. Keith Fairhurst and Adam Simpson won 6-0, 6-4, 6-3 and Bruce Hardman and Ian Tait won 6-4, 6-2. Two more sets were added by the Turbill brothers, 6-1, 7-5.

The mixed A team gained a welcome win at David Lloyd (Chorley) by a margin of nine games and will need to show similar resolve in the run-in to maintain their Division Two status.

The Walmer Mixed C team lost to fellow strugglers Lonsight F by just two games.

Results Division One: Ellesmere A 45 David Lloyd (Bolton) A 51, Markland Hill A 69 Hawkshaw A 40, Lostock A 71 Lostock B 35.

Division Two: Hawkshaw B 47 Holcombe Brook B 65, Longsight A 72 David Lloyd (Manchester) 0.

Division Three: Lostock C 72 Bolton CC 17, Bradshaw A 57 Markland Hill B 50.

Division Four: Markland Hill C 67 Barrow Bridge A 42, Walmer B 55 Lostock D 43, Holcombe Brook C 64 Markland Hill D 37.

Division Five: Hawkshaw D 64 Holcombe Brook D 38, Meadow Hill 51 Lostock E 50, David Lloyd (Bolton) D 64 Longsight B 40.

Division Six: Barrow Bridge B 45 Elton Vale 58, Eagley A 72 Ellesmere B 0.