In the Premier Division, Bristol Civil Service started life in the Bath league with an 8-2 defeat away to last season’s runners-up – Oldfield A. Alan Champneys starred for the hosts with a hat-trick, and both Bob Hindle and Mark Woodcock recorded pairs. Dean Barmby and Andrew Cooper won a game each for the newcomers.
Newly promoted Radstock Working Men’s Club (formerly Westhill Lambs) A, went down 6-4 at home to Yatton Keynell A in their season opener and will most likely find things tougher in the top flight. Derek Landricombe’s brace and single wins from Keren Millard and Chris Bennett were not enough to overcome Yatton, for whom Jamie Smith was the star turn with a maximum. Shaun Eagles and Keith Holland also won games for the away team.
The young Bathford C team also experienced a 6-4 home defeat after being promoted to Division 1 on the back of winning the second division title, but a narrow loss against relegated Frys bodes well for the season. Ethan Littlejohns did best for the home team with a double, and there were also wins for Oscar Teasdale and Ben Jukes. However Fred Martin and Martin Moore both claimed pairs for Frys, with Phil Turner adding the other singles point for the experienced former Premier division team.
The other relegated team, Chippenham C, also got off to a fine start, winning 7-3 against Oldfield D at Monkton Combe, with Bryan Taylor’s treble stealing the show. Andrew Perham (2) and Paul Vincent were also scorers for the visitors, while Greg Burridge’s brace and a Brian Neathey win made up the home team’s tally.
Newly formed Division 2 team Radstock Wreckers kicked off their first season with a 10-0 win against Yatton Keynell D, and could well be the team to beat. Dave Gamlin, Steve Moss, and Paul Crocker were the undefeated trio on this occasion.
Relegated Bathford D started their season in fine form as well, winning 9-1 away to Bear Flat B whose sole point came from Gary Oaten. Russell Cole and Julian Kashdan-Brown both claimed maximums for the visitors, with Julian’s young son Leon registering two wins on his league debut.
Oldfield A 8 (R. Hindle 2, M. Woodcock 2, A. Champneys 3, Dbls 1) Bristol Civil Service 2 (C. Adamek 0, D. Barmby 1, A. Cooper 1)
Bathford A 7 (A. Bolhuis 3, S. Chen 0, R. Bennett 3, Dbls 1) Oldfield C 3 (N. Dagger 1, M. Kerslake 1, J. Stevens 1)
Radstock Working Men’s Club 4 (D. Landricombe 2, K. Millard 1, C. Bennett 1) Yatton Keynell A 6 (J. Smith 3, S. Eagles 1, K. Holland 1, Dbls 1)
Bath Invaders 10 (R. Hall 3, S. Monks 3, P. Jeffery 3, Dbls1) Yatton Keynell C 0 (T. Payne 0, E. Lea 0, M. Wilkins 0)
Bathford C 4 (O. Teasdale 1, E. Littlejohns 2, B. Jukes 1) Frys 6 (F. Martin 2, M. Moore 2, P. Turner 1, Dbls 1)
Mayfield 2 (N. Woolley 2, S. Tanner 0, R. Morris 0) Bathford B 8 (S. Phillips 3, J. Truss 2, R. Gaisford 2, Dbls 1)
Yatton Keynell B 8 (R. Terrell 2, M. Terrell 3, S. Richardson 2, Dbls 1) Ensleigh 2 (A. Thorne 1, D. Hockney 1, P. Zhang 0)
Oldfield D 3 (G. Burridge 2, J. Taylor 0, B. Neathey 1) Chippenham C 7 (A. Perham 2, B. Taylor 3, P. Vincent 1, Dbls 1)
Bear Flat B 1 (G. Oaten 1, K. Gammon 0, T. Floyd 0) Bathford D 9 (J. Kashdan-Brown 3, R. Cole 3, L. Kashdan-Brown 2, Dbls 1)
Key Centre B 6 (C. Chapman 1, D. Carter 2, S. Ruse 2, Dbls 1) Batheaston B 4 (N. Thomas 2, C. Sharpe 0, P. Gentle 2)Yatton Keynell D 0 (R. Portlock 0, A. Delaney 0, J. Freeman 0) Radstock Wreckers (D. Gamlin 3, S. Moss 3, P. Crocker 3, Dbls 1 )