Mid Lancs Week B

Report by Paul Eastham

In division 1 this week David Lloyd sprang into action on home turf with an emphatic 17-1 victory over MGS A. The only game that saved a complete whitewash was the one Becky Ashton & Jen Rigby picked up; Darren Whitley was stat the best. Hawks A beat Carlton A 16-2 to keep 2nd spot on the tables. Jenny Hewitt was statistically the best player out of the 4 who won all of their 6 games. I wonder how they will face next week when they host the newbies in league; Cross Feathers? Springfields A lost at home 2-16 to Hawks B who, trust me worked very hard to get the 2 games! However, I’ve heard on the grapevine that Pam has said that the main aim of Springfields mission is to make sure no team wins 18-0…. Very brave! 🙂 St. Andrews A maintained pole position at the top of the table with a 15-3 win over MGS B. Katie McWalters was statistically best player on the evening in this match winning all of her 6 at 3rd Ladies. Andy’s now march on to Carlton next week were I predict more destruction from the leaders & MGS B face David Lloyd….. Nough said!!!!  😥

In 2, Carlton B managed to earn the bonus point when they hosted MGS D. The visitors won the match in the 7th set as Christina Atkinson & Rob Metcalf wrapped up the match in this set & also took all of their 6 games to be the best pair in the 12-6 win. They lie in joint 3rd place, but next week they host Clayton A who will be ‘hungry’ after missing this week’s fixture. Hawks C took all 4 points at home when they hosted the Hillbilly’s. Gail Sinclair took all of her 6 games in the 15-3 win to earn herself the LOTM award & help keep the team top of the shop, taking full advantage of Crusaders not playing this week Shocked is an understatement when the card flew in from Clitheroe A when they hosted Springfields B. I have to eat my words from last week when I said Springs were the whipping boys of the division… that still has to be proven, but this week they not only beat Clitheroe on their own soil, but came back home with all 4 points intact & go from bottom of the table into joint 3rd. Sara Shingler won all of her 6 games at 3rd to earn the LOTM award. MGS C next week… go on, shock me again! MGS C won their 2nd match of the season when they beat Hawks D to stay 2nd place on the tables. In the 15-3 win, Andy Finch & Lyn Hosegood won their 6 games to be the best pair on the night.

Division 3 this week saw an 8 all classic between Hawks E & Clitheroe B took place at Clayton. The match was that close, that even in the final set, the teams could not be separated. Looking at the score sheet the match was ever so tight, so the 9 all draw was the fairest result on the night. Darryl Smith won 5 of his 6 games to be rock for Clitheroe. Ian Bythel & Partner Angela Woodward won the final pair of games in set 9 for Flight to snatch the vital bonus point away from under the noses of Clayton Crusaders B who still sit out in front at the top of the tables. Tom Reid & Rachel sides won all their 6 games for Crusaders to be the best pair at No3 and next week they host Evergreens A. After splitting the levels, MGS E won the next 4 games in a row to get a head start in the mixed when they visited Penwortham A. The host then fought back, but it was a bridge too far when the visitors went over the finishing line in set 8. Final score was 8-10 to keep MGS E in joint 2nd place as Matt Seddon won all his 6 games to be crowned MOTM in this tie. After a nip & tuck match S. Andrews C won the last 4 games in a row to sink Springfields C, 11-7.  Hannah Burgess was responsible for most of the damage on the night as she won all of her 6 games to be LOTM on the night.

In 4, David Dunk & Jan Harrison from Preston College B won the final pair of games in set 9 to earn a draw when they hosted Penwortham B. In a tight match all the way through; Ann Marie Cornall from College & Rory Parkinson from Pen won 5 games each for the respective side to make an impact on the match. Springfields D earned themselves a draw when they hosted St. Andrews D; however, 6 of those games were from Andy’s fielding an illegal player and therefore had to be forfeited. Dave Noble won 5 games to earn Andrews the draw. MGS F won 11-7 at home this week when they hosted Whittle B to put both teams in joint 3rd spot. Clayton C fell at home to Evergreens B who shoot to the top of the table with a 2nd win on the bounce. After being 5-3 up Evergreens continued to keep their stranglehold on the match as Lee Wigham rubbed his magic ibuprofen on his legs which then set him on fire! He came from 10-14 down in set 7 to then win both games & won the final pair of games in the final set to help take all of the 4 points on offer on the night. Lee won 5 but the actual MOTM was Ed Gilbertson for his 6 games. After being 3-7 down, Whittle A fought back to earn a draw when they hosted Preston College A. Dave Dunk & Hazel Bradshaw did most of the damage for College as they won 6 games to be the best pair on the evening.

In division 5, Brindle hosted newbies Project 12 who got off to a storming start, winning 6 games in the levels. Brindle fought back in the mixed, but it was a bridge too far as the sets ran out with the final score ending 7-11. Paul Whitehouse & Kat Platt won 5 of their 6 games to be the best pair on the evening. Garstang B got beat 2-16 by an impressive Clayton Crusaders D who won the match in the 7th set to keep themselves in pole position on the tables. Dylan Butcher was statistically best on the evening from the strong youthful team. Mythop, another new team in our league kicked off their season with a trip to Whittle D. The night didn’t go that well for the newbies, who went  6-2 down in the levels and didn’t recover at all in the mixed. Final score panned out at 14-4 as Whittle shot up into 3rd spot on the table whilst Roger Darling claimed the MOTM award for winning all of his 6 games.

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