3:34pm Wednesday 18th September 2013
By Andrew Simpson
GLADSTONE C started life in the Northwich and District League’s top tier with an impressive win at newly-promoted The Elms in the season’s opening round.
Their 5-2 success was matched by defending champions Rudheath A, who proved too strong for a reformed Bowling Green A.
Barn Owl C, Division Two champions last term, claimed initial bragging rights at the Barnton venue after winning a deciding frame against clubmates Barn Owl B.
There were winning starts too for Barn Owl D, at Green Dragon A, and Gladstone A against Gladstone B.
Castle Private were the week’s biggest winners in Division Two, Nick Hamman’s maximum break a highlight of their whitewash of Slow & Easy.
Hartford B ceded only a single frame to Owley Wood B, as did Greenbank A against rebranded Iron Bridge. Paul Clays potted all eight balls from a single visit to the table for the victors.
Hartford A, table-toppers at the level below last term, started with a comfortable victory at the expense of Owley Wood C while Witton Chimes, against Wheatsheaf, were the section’s other winners.
Promotion hopefuls Chapels sent out a message to their rivals after a whitewash of Davenham in Division Three.
New-look Blue Barrel won at Nectar’s, while Beech Tree A were victors on their travels to Winnington Lodge.
Both Beech Tree teams will play home matches at nearby Barn Owl due to a refurbishment of the Runcorn Road venue.
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