Last week the Cup Finals were contested on Wednesday and Thursday in the Bolton & District Table Tennis League. As usual, the new handicap system is as much on trial as the teams themselves. The Warburton Cup which is contested by teams from all divisions had Bolton TTC playing Polonia Club B in the final, both from Division Two. Bolton had only a 3.5 start but did not need it winning out 348.5 – 310.
It was a much closer affair in the Brian Gittins Cup contested by teams in the Premier Division and Division One. Division One team Heaton Cricket Club A were taking on the mighty Ramsbottom Cricket Club A, top of the Premier Division. Heaton began with a 259.5 point start. However, Ramsbottom fought back methodically throughout the night to avoid giving away as many points as possible. With one more set to be played the score stood at Ramsbottom 383.5 – 352 so it all depended on the final set. Despite a valiant effort from Ramsbottom, Heaton finished on 397.5 leaving Ramsbottom on 396. Just how close can you get?
The George Yates Shield for Divisions Two and Three saw Bolton TTC in action again, this time against Saint Pauls Peel. Bolton had a 116.5 start but finished with a 450.5 win to 324.
So the question is, why are some matches closer than others when the same handicap system is in use for all?
On Tuesday the Closed Championships had also begun with the junior singles. This was played to a final under a round robin basis with Jei Makino winning and Nathan Donaldson coming runner up, both from Hilton teams.
On Friday it was the turn of the over 60s handicap competition, also played to a final as a round robin. Dennis Collier from Burning Desire was the winner just edging out David Jones from Coburg into the runner up position.
On Sunday, the remaining competitions took place to the semi-finals stage, leaving the finals to be played on Presentation Evening the night after. In the handicap singles, Kyan Chin from Nomads beat Tony Bates from Flixton Cricket Club 11 – 3, 11 – 7, 11 – 5. He will now play Charles Musa from Nomads who beat Barry Elliott from Wharton 11 – 6, 11 – 6, 11 – 6.
In the level singles, Charles Musa beat Lukask Serdiuk from Polonia Club 11 – 7, 15 – 13, 6 – 11, 11 – 7and Kyan Chin beat Tony Bates 12 – 1, 11 – 6, 11 – 4 leaving Kyan and Charles to battle it out once again.
It’s getting a bit like déjà vu as in the over 40’s level vets competition, Charles Musa beat Chris Naylor of Coburg 11 – 8, 11 – 4, 11 – 7 while Kyan Chin beat Tony Bates 7 – 11, 11 – 7, 11 – 8, 11 – 8 leaving the same pair to fight another final.
In the Handicap Doubles, Charles and Kyan teamed up together. They beat Steve Barber and Dennis Collier 11 – 6, 13 – 11, 11 – 5. They will meet Brian Hallsworth of Radcliffe Cricket Club and Dave Jones from Coburg who just overcame Lukasz Serdiuk and Dawid Kakol both from Polonia Club 11 – 6, 7 – 11, 11 – 9, 10 – 12, 11 – 8. Finally, in the level doubles Lukasz Serdiuk and Dawid Kakol beat Chris Naylor and Alan Crompton from Hilton 11 – 8, 11 – 4, 11 – 7 and will meet, of course, Kyan Chin and Charles Musa who beat Wes Jones from Hilton and Tony Bates from Flixton Cricket Club 11 – 9, 11 – 5, 11 – 4.