THE Bolton Tennis Tournament got under way on Friday with Ross Smith producing a first-night shock in the men’s event.

With an impressive display based on his great serving Smith knocked out Andrew Hoskins with a superb performance to win 6-2, 6-1, the Leigh’s man becoming the first men’s seed to fall this year.

The performance of the weekend in the handicap events was by Lostock’s Bob Woodcock and Kath Taylor.

Playing two rounds in close succession, with just less than an hour between them, they firstly took on Rick Morley and Christina Millington.

Both pairs were on the same handicap and a win by Morley and Millington was expected.

However, Woodcock and Taylor won 6-5, 6-4 on the artificial clay at Meadow Hill. They then went to Lostock to face Mick Knowles and Jo Crompton who had to concede a point every game.

Despite the handicap they won the first set 6-4 and took a 4-1 lead in the second set.

At that point Woodcock and Taylor ‘s game clicked. They took the second set 6-4 and the deciding set 6-2.

They will face fellow Lostock members Dave Bedford and Julia Bennison in the next round.

Number three men’s seed Jonny Shacklady has had to withdraw from the men’s singles with a foot injury. He hopes to be able to play in the men’s and mixed doubles.

Phillipa Fulchini has a hamstring strain and has withdrawn from the mixed doubles. Partnered with Chris Nott they were the number one pairing.

Simon Roberts and Amy Donnellan have had to withdraw from the handicap mixed doubles.



Under-14s boys’ single round robin one: Jack Butterworth bt Hamzah Chariwala 4-2, 4-1.

Round robin four: Kai Bury bt Joseph Emery 4-1, 4-0.

Round robin five: Kai Bury bt Rio Howard 1-4, 4-0.

U18s boys’ doubles round robin two: Ian Axford and William Young bt Ethan Bury and Richard Flanagan 4-0, 4-2.

U18s boys’ singles round robin one: Lucas Greenhalgh bt Harvey Lane 4-0, 4-3.

Men’s doubles handicap round of 32: Sam Baski and Olivier Cavaliere bt Ian Jameson and Matthew Potts 6-0, 6-1. Nick Hadjinicolaou and Colin Mackie bt Steven Billings and Alex Murphy 6-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Round of 16: Jordan Halsall and David Jones bt Rhyan Fletcher and Phillip Mansfield 6-4, 6-0. Ben Clarkson and Gary Daley bt Andrew Doskocz and Ross Spencer 6-4, 6-2.

Men’s singles round of 32: Steven Smith bt Chris Galley 6-1, 6-0. Jay Hardy (6) bt Rob Allan 6-4, 6-0. John Lister (4) bt William Hart 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Ross Smith bt Samarnath Sen 6-0, 6-0. Chris Blackshaw bt George Lawson 6-0, 6-0. Steven Darlington bt Matthew Bowers 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Round of 16: Jay Hardy (6) bt Steven Smith 6-3, 6-3. Chris Blackshaw bt Liang Sun 6-0, 6-0.

Senior mixed doubles handicap round of 16: Roy Platt and Marilyn Sweet bt David Thompson and Sue Shephard 6-4, 6-0.

Veteran men’s doubles handicap round of 16: David Gregory and Bernard Kirkbright b Jackie Smith and Karl Speakman 6-3, 6-2.

Veteran mixed doubles handicap round of 32: Dominic Kneafsey and Karen Hosker bt David Thompson and Carolyn Paine 6-3, 6-3. Simon Ellery and Janet Riley bt Stuart Hunt and Sue Shephard 6-0, 6-2.

Round of 16: Paul Cashmore and Gill Pearl bt John Davy and Elizabeth Mary Pey 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Women’s singles quarter-final: Janet Talbot (4) bt Antonia Heap 6-2, 6-1.

Mixed doubles handicap round of 32: Matthew Brindle and Antonia Heap bt Bryan Pike and Glenda Maxwell 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.


U14s boys’ singles round robins: Rio Howard bt Joseph Emery 4-1, 4-1. Arber Gashi bt Bill Kenny 4-0, 4-0. Kai Bury bt Elliot Massey 4-2, 1-4. Arvin Bayati bt Kai Bury 4-3(2), 4-2. Jack Butterworth bt Ethan Bury 4-2, 4-3(2), Arber Gashi bt Ethan Bury 4-0, 4-2. Elliot Massey bt Rio Howard 4-0, 4-2. Arber Gashi bt Jack Butterworth 4-1, 4-1. Bill Kenny bt Ethan Bury 4-3(2), 4-3(2). Jack Butterworth bt Bill Kenny 4-3(2), 4-3(3). Hamzah Chariwala bt Ethan Bury 4-1, 4-1.

U18s boys’ doubles round robins: Matthew Bowers and William Hart bt Kai Bury and Joseph Siddle 4-1, 4-0. Charlie Dixon and Joseph Jackson bt Lucas Greenhalgh and Hamza Kotwal 4-1, 4-3. Ian Axford and William Young bt Lucas Greenhalgh and Hamza Kotwal 4-1, 4-0. Ian Axford and William Young bt Charlie Dixon and Joseph Jackson 4-1, 2-4.

U18s boys’ singles round robins: William Hart bt Joseph Jackson 4-0 4-1, Alexander Axford bt George Lawson 4-2 4-0, Ian Axford bt Lucas Greenhalgh 4-2 4-0, Christopher Rhodes bt Alexander Axford 4-1, 4-2. Ian Axford bt Harvey Lane 4-1, 4-0.

Ladies’ doubles handicap first round: Claire Topping and Susan Welch bt Amy Hadjinicolaou and Kathleen Hadjinicolaou 6-5, 6-3. Natasha Lomas and Christina Millington bt Julia Bennison and Susan Francis 6-1, 6-2.

Second round: Karen Hosker and Elizabeth Mary Perry bt Marilyn Sweet and Natalie Sweet 3-6, 6-5, 6-2.

Men’s doubles first round: Steven Darlington and Mark Hartley (4) bt David Aruvee and Olivier Cavaliere 6-1 6-1. Robert Everett and Chris Hurst bt Steve Percy and David Wride 6-2 6-2. Richard Massey and James Moores (3) bt John Nuttall and Andrew Westmoreland 7-5, 6-4.

Men’s doubles handicap first round: Sam Baski and Olivier Cavaliere bt Ian Boyle and Matthew Boyle 3-6, 6-5, 6-2.

Men’s singles first round: Matthew Boyle (7) bt Aadam Ahmad 6-2, 6-2.

Second round: Ross Smith bt Andrew Hoskins (5) 6-3, 6-1.

Men’s singles handicap first round: David Wride bt Liang Sun 6-1, 6-1. Alex Murphy bt Chris Galley w/o. Duncan Kyle bt Dean Bolton 6-0, 6-1. Andrew Parton bt Andrew Doskocz 6-1, 6-2. Andrew Westmoreland bt Steven Billings 6-1, 6-2.

Mixed doubles first round: Philip Shacklady and Sarah Shacklady bt Simon Roberts and Amy Donnellan w/o. Tom Forrester and Theresa Mccarren bt Stuart Cartwright and Natalie Sweet 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Senior mixed doubles handicap first round: Bernard Kirkbright and Pamela Leach bt Bruce Hardman and Diane Hardman 6-5, 6-3.

Veteran mixed doubles handicap first round: Edwin Woodcock and Kath Taylor bt Richard Morley and Christina Millington 6-5, 6-4.

Second round: Jackie Smith and Carole Langham bt Roy Caswell and Karen Milner 6-4, 6-2. Duncan Kyle and Marilyn Sweet bt Andy Taylor and Pamela Leach 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. David Bedford and Julia Bennison bt Brad Gould and Anne Vosper 6-4, 5-6, 6-3. Edwin Woodcock and Kath Taylor bt Steven M Knowles and Jo Crompton 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Women’s doubles first round: Antonia Heap and Jo Taylor bt Catherine Munir and Michelle Valentine 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Second round: Laura Taylor and Louise Taylor bt Donna Billings and Theresa McCarren (4) 6-2, 6-4. Rebecca Baldwin and Amy Hadjinicolaou (2) bt Antonia Heap and Jo Taylor 6-1, 6-2.

Women’s singles first round: Rachel Branagan (3) bt Louise Taylor 6-7, 6-1, 6-4. Emily Digby (2) bt Vicky Coxon 6-4, 6-4.

Mixed doubles handicap first round: Ian Jameson and Catherine Jameson bt James Moores and Heather Mcdonald 6-1, 6-1.

Second round: Nick Hadjinicolaou and Hannah Vosper bt Colin Mackie and Lesley Jackson 6-4, 6-1.