Report from Paul Eastham
In the last week of scheduled fixtures, Division 1’s Champions, David Lloyd blew away already relegated Springfields A in their last match. Tom Monk showed no mercy on the bottom side as he lost only 8 pts in his 6 games to be MOTM.
Hawks B were beaten at home by Carlton A. In the 7-11 win for the visitors, Andrea Neville was the LOTM for her 6 games.
St. Andrews A beat Hawks A 13-5 to keep the pressure on MGS for the elusive Runners up spot.
In a rearranged match, MGS A beat their own B team 13-5 to send them tumbling (not really) back into division 2 again!!
Jenny Rigby was the LOTM on the evening for winning all of her 6 games as her team is still in with a shout of runners up.
In division 2, could Carlton B end Hawks C’s promotion chances in their last games of the season? Well, the match got off to a very tight start with 3 of the 4 level sets being split & the score stood at 5-3 going into the mixed. The mixed opener was split followed by the hosts winning both games in set 6 to go 8-4 in front. The visitors fought back hard, winning 5 games in a row to lead 8-9 going into the very last game of the match. Under extreme pressure, Paul Smith & Janice Schofield took the final game 15-4 to split the set & share the points on the evening. The draw for Hawks keeps still keeps them in with an outside chance of promotion, but the result below hands promotion over to MGS C. Meanwhile Crusaders & Andy’s will have to battle it out! No overall best players in this one, as everyone chipped in from both sides, so everyone is a winner!!!
Hawks D beat a 5 sided Garstang A, 12-6 as Sian Meakin won 5 games for the Hillbilly’s to help snatch the bonus point.
Clitheroe A lost 3-15 at home to St. Andrews B as Janette Norris went back home with the LOTM award for taking her 6.
MGS D had a shock defeat at home by the annual wooden spooners’, Springfields B; only Ric Latham & Chris Cochrane winning the final game for MGS that stopped the visitors taking the max points. Gemma Wilkinson was the LOTM for her 6.
In another title crunching match at Wellfield, Crusaders took on current leaders of the division, MGS C. To cut a long match story short, it was, as expected a very tight match indeed, but very fittingly indeed, it was the MOTM on the evening who delivered the killer blow to sink Crusaders in set 8. Yes, MGS C’s very own Andy Finch took all of his 6 games as he has done most of the season, to guarantee promotion (save the B team from relegation!) for his team. Clayton obviously missed Sam Moss in this crucial tie, but nevertheless it puts MGS on top of the table & now firm favourites to lift the winners shield.
In 3, Hawks F lost 4 14 at home to Clitheroe B as Paul Ainger & Laura Cannon picked up their 6 games.
Flight lost 4-14 to leaders MGS E who have now finished their fixtures & have now gained promotion into division 2, but have to wait for St. C’s results on the very very off chance that they don’t win their remaining matches to lift the winners shield. The result still leaves Flight’s survival in the balance, as Matt Seddon & Janet Race won their 6 to be the best pair.
Penwortham A had a tight match at home with Evergreens A as 3 of the 4 level sets were split & Pen winning both games of the other set to go 5-3 up. In set 5 Evergreens won both games to square the match, followed by Pen winning both games in set 6 to go 7-5 up. Sets 7 & 8 were split to leave Derek Hilton & Helen Pickup to take the final 2 games of the match to earn a draw for the visitors. Penwortham are not out of the relegation woods yet, but the 2 points will certainly help their cause!
Springfields C ended Crusaders’ outside chance of promotion when they beat them 11-7. Colin Chisholm won 5 games.
St. Andrews C gained promotion with a 15-3 win over Hawks E; Hannah Pallett was the LOTM & require 2pts to be Champs.
In division 4, Preston College B were virtually relegated this week with a 5-13 defeat at home by St. Andrews D, who themselves cleared the safety line by taking all of the 4 points. Jane Godsland was the LOTM for winning all of her 6 games.
Springfields D lost at home this week when they hosted MGS F. Tim Lawrence & Julie Youngs won the final pair of games of the match to snatch the vital bonus point which just may have an impact on their relegation fears. The 6-12 win keeps MGS in joint 2nd on the tables in their hunt for promotion and have a crunch match next week against leaders, Evergreens B.
Whittle B signed out at 00.20 hrs in their final home match of the season against Mythop; they beat them 11-7 to stay 4th.
Clayton Crusaders C pushed for promotion again the week with a 14-4 win over Whittle A. The max 4 pt win puts them in joint 2nd with 1 more match to play as Luke Brown & Natalie Kane won all their 6 games to be the best pair on the night.
Leaders, Evergreens B beat already relegated team Penwortham B 14-4 to seal promotion next season into division 3. They still need a couple of points to be Champions, but they have 3 games in hand as Ed Gilbertson won the MOTM award again.
In division 5, Brindle won their final match of the season at home to Whittle D. In the 12-6 victory, David Weardon won all of his 6 games to be the MOTM on the evening & help his team finish in a very respectable 4th…. Or will do!!! J
Garstang B had a fight to death match at the fort this week when they hosted St. Andrews E. At 6-2 up after the levels, Garstang were breezing, but then the battle began, Andy’s fought back & the match swung one way & then another to leave an 8 all classic. In the final set Seb Curry & Jane Godsland from Andy’s won the opener 11-15 to go in front, but Rob Rainford & Pernelle Yates won the final game 15-3 to share the points on the night. Jack Ashcroft won 6 to be MOTM.
Project 12 beat Clayton D 12-6 to finish their very first season off in the Mid Lancs League. Dylan Butcher & Gillian Gorrell won a vital game in setting in the final set to snatch the bonus point on the Champions home turf.
Crusaders E picked up their 1st draw of the season as did their hosts, Evergreens C. At the end of set 6, Clayton were 9-3 ahead, but a late flurry of games from the Evergreens camp ensured they picked up the remaining games to draw the match on the night. Margaret Whitham won 5 games to help turn the match around in Evergreens’ favour.
Whittle C finished off their season with a 14-4 win at home to Mythop. Ant Houghton & Denise Haydock won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the evening & help stay 2nd place & now have to wait for Crusaders results to come in.