Bury on top after thumping the champions

First published in Badminton

UNBEATEN Bury continued to dominate A Section with champions Hawkshaw A their latest victims.

They did not have the match all their own way, however, as Hawkshaw led 6-4 after the mixed doubles.

But Liz Holt and Scott Webber ensured all but one of the men’s and ladies’ games went Bury’s way, with Hawkshaw only managing to add one ladies’ game to their final tally as the table-toppers ran out 11-7 winners.

Second-placed Markland Hill A remain hot on the heels of the leaders after a 16-2 victory over Hawkshaw B, while Forrest A, in third, enjoyed the same scoreline over their C team.

DL Farnworth A are still just ahead of Deane A at the top of B Section after initially looking shaky in their home match against Sharples A.

The teams were level after the mixed doubles but solid play from third couple J Owen and Tim Barrow sealed a 12-6 Farnworth triumph.

At the other end of the table, Westhoughton A had their hopes boosted when visiting team Markland Hill D turned up without a third man, gifting them six games.

The visitors, though, dug in to drop only two more games and snatch a nail-biting 10-8 win.

DL Farnworth C are second in C Section and they set off like an express train in their home victory against Sharples C. Top couple Georgina Ryding and Dave Forester took their opening set to 11 and 12, starting a run of games which left Farnworth 9-1 ahead after the mixed.

Linda Duckworth and Marion Anderson took the first of the top ladies’ games for Sharples, but the visitors were only able to add one more as Farnworth emerged 15-3 victors.

Metro A pipped top-half rivals Moorside A 10-8 when they met at Moorside’s Smithills Sports Centre.

Judith Standish and Richard Beamer got the home side off to a good start with both their opening games, and Moorside took a 6-4 lead after the mixed.

But Metro started a run of games by taking both top ladies – the second 29-27 – and, when David Smith and Steve Foster took the final two men’s in a tight set, Metro sealed the points.

Westhoughton C – formed from the old Chowbent club – lead D Section with Bolton Lads and Girls Club A in hot pursuit.

Smithills B are among the top four teams pushing for promotion but had a fight on their hands against DL Farnworth D before claiming a 14-4 victory.

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