The top team in the Premier Division of the Bolton & District Table Tennis League, Ramsbottom Town A,  had no opposition from Nomads, who were unable to field a team. Ramsbottom receive 25 points from a maximum of 27 based on their average score throughout the season. Second-placed Flixton Cricket Club A also had an easier ride than expected as they faced a two-man Little Lever Cricket Club A team winning out 23 – 6. Ramsbottom Town B in third place had a week off while fourth-place Hilton A had a 26 – 11 win over their own B team at the bottom of the table with nines from Keiron Beswick and Robert Hall. Mid-table Flixton Cricket Club B beat second-bottom Ladybridge A 26 – 11 with nines from Anthony Bates and Jacob Reilly-Cooper. Mid-table teams Radcliffe Cricket Club & Wharton met with Wharton just taking it 18 – 17 despite a resisting nine from Kristof Pinter.

Burning Desire at the top of Division One marched on with a 27 – 12 win against Little Lever Cricket Club B. Just below them Wigan TTC also took care of Wingates 25 – 8 with nines from Daniel Watkinson and Tony Whitney. In third place, Ramsbottom Town D beat Farnworth Social Circle A 26 – 6 with nines coming from Martin Holt and Tommy Ryan. Fourth-placed Coburg had a 23 – 13 win over Heaton Cricket Club A assisted by nine from Chris Naylor. Fifth-placed Polonia Club A had a 20 – 16 win over Hilton D two places below them despite Matthew Fishwick holding fort with nine.

Top team Saint Paul’s Peel in Division Two are only two points ahead of second-placed Hilton E. Saint Paul’s went to town with a full 27 – 4 win over tenth-placed Farnworth Social Circle B while Hilton E had a 25 – 11 win over fourth-placed Meadow Ben B with nines coming from Matthew Kennedy and Jei Makino. Third-placed Polonia Club B just ten points adrift of second place beat Hilton Top Spinners 24 – 15 helped by nine from Marian Bleho. Bolton TTC in fifth place had a 21 – 13 win over second-bottom Walkden Methodists assisted by nines from Peter McCormick and Nayem Alam. Mid-table Brasszone took care of bottom team Hilton F 18 – 13 despite a resisting nine from Ian Raby.

Runaway promotion team Farnworth Social Circle C in Division Three beat third-placed Meadow Ben C 23 – 13 assisted by nine from Ben Wyatt. Just one point above them in second place, Meadow Hill A  had an 18 – 12 win over juniors Hilton I helped by nine from John Nuttall. Fourth-placed Farnworth Social Circle D took care of Polonia Club C in sixth-place 25 – 7 with nines from Elena Cecilia Tepelus and Pete Walker. In fifth place, Meadow Ben D beat Hilton H 21 – 14 with nine points coming from Philip Calvert. A mid-table match had Irlam Steel just beating Hilton G with nines from David Yates and Matt Hood while tenth-placed Ladybridge C beat bottom team Meadow Hill B 26 – 8 with nines from John Hilton and Andy Scully.

This week the penultimate matches of the season take place. First and second places in the top two divisions are already cut and dried. In Division Two, the top three teams still have everything to play for, while in Division Three the top place is assured, but second and third place have yet to be decided.

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