Mid Lancs Week Q

Report From Paul Eastham:

Last week in division 1, the 7-11 win at Carlton A for MGS A was changed to a 13-5 win for Carlton due to an infringement of the rules by MGS. This jeopardises MGS’ hopes of a runners up spot but aids Carlton’s bid to avoid the drop.
Hawks A took all 4 points off MGS B with a 13-5 home win which virtually relegates the visitors…. again! Jenny Mullineaux & Rachael Hodgson won 5 games each to be the best players on the night and help keep their team 4th on the tables.
Springs A fell 2-16 at home to MGS A who maintain 2nd place despite the points deduction above. Julien Priestly was statistically the MOTM on the evening as Springs still managed to take games of the big 4! (except 1 match at Andy’s)
St. Andrews A managed to bag the bonus point again from their 2nd match against David Lloyd & up to date are the only team to have taken points off the Champions this season. Mark Tuttle was the MOTM on the evening in the 6-12 win.

In 2, Carlton B got blown away this week by a Clayton team determined not only to gain promotion to the elite division 1, but become Champions of this division! In the 4-14 win for Crusaders, Vikki Hatch was the LOTM for taking all of her 6 games and now move just 2 points behind the division leaders, MGS C with a game in hand & host then next week!!
Hawks C remained in 2nd place with a 12-6 defeat of MGS D. Rob Courtley, Gail Sinclair & Sam Ames won 5 games each to help keep up the pressure on the other teams around them in the hunt for promotion. Next week, Hawks travel to Carlton for their final match and it will be their last gasp chance of throwing their hat into the promotion ring!
Springfields B fell 4-14 at home to their ‘old’ relegation rivals, Garstang A to officially take the wooden spoon of the division.
MGS C needed a win to keep on top of the table this week & things got off to a sticky start in the levels when they hosted
St. Andrews B. They were 3-5 down going into the mixed but won 4 games in a row to go 7-5 in front & then sets 7 & 8 were split to leave the score 9-7 going into the final set. Andy Finch & Lynn Hosegood polished off the remaining 2 games to bag an 11-7 victory which keeps the team on top of the division & yet again Andy won the MOTM for taking his 6 games. Next week MGS travel to Crusaders which I have predicted as ‘’ the match that will decide who will be the Champions’’

In division 3, Hawks E won their home match this week when they host Springfields C. Marian Bamber & Jean Egan won all of their 6 games in the 12-6 win & were the best players on the evening, but Springs did grab the bonus point in the last set.
Clayton Crusaders B had a close shave this week against a five sided Clitheroe B. Although that meant Crusaders were 6-0 up before the match started, they had subs in their team, so the road ahead was gonna be tough. So, as the match panned out, Clayton lost 7 of the 8 games remaining before going into the final set 9-7 up. Tom Reid decided to feed himself Jelly Babies before the last set kicked off & got a stitch in the 1st game, consequently losing it with his partner Laura Curtis, 11-15.
With the last game of the match to play and Clitheroe threatening to force a draw on Clayton, Tom decided to eat some minstrels, which set his body on fire to win the final game 15-2. Final score; 10-8 against a five sided Clitheroe and a huge sigh of relief from the Clayton camp who still remain in 3rd place. Pete Woods won 5 to nearly pull a draw off for Clitheroe.
Andrew Morris & Emily Milner from Evergreens A won the final pair of games in set 9 to help take ALL 4 points off current leaders, MGS E. In the 13-5 win, Karen Holden won her 6 to be the LOTM & help sink MGS to their 2nd loss of the season.
St. Andrews C blasted Penwortham 16-2 at home to remain 2nd & favourites to lift the shield; Hannah Burgess was stat best.

In division 4, Preston College B won the last 3 games of their match against Whittle B to deny their opponents of a 4 point max win. In the 7-11 score in favour of Whittle an array of people picked up 4 games as College still hang in the drop zone.
MGS F kept in 2nd place with a 12-6 win over St. Andrews B who stole the bonus point in the very last game of the match. Richard & Helen Andrew won that final game 13-15 to grab that vital point & help aid Andy’s relegation fears. Jenny Stothard was once again the LOTM on the evening for taking all her 6 games & keeps her team in a strong promotion spot.
Penwortham B defeated at home 8-10 by Preston College A who are now virtually safe of the dreaded drop. Rory Parkinson & Carol Raby both won 5 games each for their respective teams to be the best players on the evening.
Clayton Crusaders C remain promotion contenders as they took all 4 points at home to Springfields D. In the 14-4 win, Luke Brown, Richard Langford & Sophia Wright all won 6 games each to be the best players on the evening.
Whittle A lost 7-11 in a nip & tuck match against the leaders, Evergreens B. The visitors were 7-9 in front going into the final set & the pressure was on James Vinden who was playing up from the C team & partner Karen Kenyon. Indeed they rose to the challenge & won the final 2 games 8-15 & 14-17 to help the team stay top by 4 points & a game in hand; however it was Darren Clayton who was the MOTM for winning his 6 games. These are the kind of comments I love when attached to a match card; this came in from Whittle’s Captain, Gary Richardson, ‘’The match was a fantastic contest played in the best of spirits from both sides, swinging one way & then the other throughout the night until we at last finished the final game at 11.55pm. Well done to evergreens for a great performance & just doing enough to deservedly walk away with the 3 points.’’ All I can say about these kind words is ‘Great sportsmanship all round from both teams’ and I thank Gary for his mini report.

In 5, David Weardon & Margaret Snape from Brindle won the last pair of games in set 9 to win an 8 all classic match against Clayton Crusaders E. David also won 5 games to be the best player on the night to keep the team in 4th on the tables.
Garstang B lost 6-12 at home to 2nd place Whittle C to remain in that position, but Clayton have many games in hand to overtake them. Ant Houghton was the MOTM on the evening for taking all of his 6 games.
Roger Darling & Joan Smally from Whittle D won a game in the final set to grab the bonus point from Champions, Project 12.
J. Jackson was the MOTM in this one for taking all of his 6 games as next week they host Crusaders D in their final match.
Clayton Crusaders D had a surprising home defeat at the hands of Mythop. The home side managed to grab the vital bonus point in the final set to salvage something out of the match, but still remain favourites to become runners up of the division as they still have 4 games in hand over 2nd place Whittle C. Alison Kirkham won 5 games to be the best player on the night.

Next week is the final week in the fixtures list and with a few crunch matches to be played, there will no doubt be a few nerves jangling on those match nights! Very best luck to those teams taking part in those vital matches.
Paul.