MICK Moir beat Oldham champion Darren Lindley to take the Bury and District League men’s singles title for a record eighth time at Elton Vale Sports Club Moir won the title in a best-of-seven-games clash, 4-2, to nudge one ahead of Derek Hutchinson who won his seven championships in the 1950s and 60s.

There were some spectacular shots from both players whose attacking styles led to some very short points.

But both men showed their tremendous hitting skills on both sides.

Lindley won the first game 11-6, but Moir took the second 11-9 before an even closer third game went the way of the Ramsbottom player, 12-10.

Lindley squanderered chances to take the next game before Moir won it 17-15.

Moir’s rival took the next game 11-5, but the seven-times champion made a blistering start to the sixth game and he won comfortably, 11-3.

Fifteen-year-old Dominic Siddall produced a string of winning shots to beat 11-year-old Daniel Olsberg 11-3, 11-8, 11-9, to avenge his defeat to his rival in the group stages of the competition and become junior champion.

Meanwhile, Prestwich TT Club duo Darren Lindley and Ian McLean won the doubles title for the first time, beating Mark Ramsbottom and Jeff Craighill. They took the first game 12-10 and, buoyed by their fine start, were always ahead in the next two games to take them comfortably 11-6, and 11-8.

Ramsbottom had more success, however, in the over-50s final in which he beat Phil Riley 11-6, 7-11, 11-3, 11-7.

In the over-60s final Dennis Collier switched from his normal defensive style to go on the attack and beat Derek Watmough 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 to take the title.

The trophies were presented by league chairman Frank Green and guest of honour John Hilton, the 1980 European table tennis champion.