Report from Paul Eastham
In this final report of the year, division 1’s Hawks A got beat 5-13 at home to the Champs, David Lloyd. Julian’s nails had dried & therefore was free to play; as was Chris Hoyle, who was ‘allowed’ to play out…. But despite the full team, the home side still failed to get any points. Darren Whitley was the MOTM on the evening for once again taking all of his 6 games.
MGS B got beat 5-13 by Cross Feathers who maintain a comfortable 2nd place on the tables after the 4 point max win. The best players on the evening in this tie was Fay Andrews & Rachael Graham who both won 6 games each. I can’t be assed chasing Crusaders A up any more, I believe the score was 2-16 against Carlton A.
The old school met this week… St. Andrews v MGS A, but it wasn’t the old school score that I’ve been used to in the past! The hosts fell 5-13 to not even get the bonus point to be in the very unusual position on the table of ‘bottom of the middle’. Pete Fernes was the MOTM in this match to help lift MGS above Andy’s, but both teams are adrift from past seasons form.
In 2, a five sided Hillbilly’s team turned up at Carlton B this week expecting to get a reet reaming, but as it turned out the visitors went back to the fort with 3 points! The final score ran out at 6-12, as Carlton failed to pick up a single game from the 6 that were given to them. Stuart Smerdon & Steve Beniston won all of their 6 to be the best players on the night.
Clitheroe A took all 4 at home to MGS E as Louise Burrill & Alison Leaver won all of their 6 games in the 15-3 win.
Hawks C beat Crusaders B 11-7 to leave the hosts rooted to the foot of the division. Jackie Atherton won 5 for Hawks to be the best player on the night and help her team stay in the mix for promotion as the team lie in 2nd place on the table.
MGS D had the narrowest of victories over St. Andrews B this week as Jason Loffman & Hannah Robinson won the required game for the win in the final set. At 7-3 up after the 1st mixed, the home side were well on track for the win, but a strong comeback after that made a few MGS nerves jangle until Jason & Hannah sealed the win. After the 10-8 victory the team went into joint 3rd place with their own C team as Jason, Hannah & Ric Latham won 5 games each to be the best players.
In a crucial match at Lostock hall sports hall, Springfields A got their revenge on MGS C for their earlier defeat in the season. After the levels, the leaders of the division were 5-3 up before MGS took both games in the opening mixed set to level the score & this was then followed by a split set to make the score 6-8 and another defeat looked on the cards. But Springers held their nerve & won the final 4 games in a row including the very last game running out at 17-14 to give the home side a 10-8 victory to keep them on top of the tables by 2 points with a game in hand over their nearest rivals. Mick Cryer won 5.
In div 3, Clayton Crusaders C fell 3-15 at home to the runaway leaders, Evergreens A. Derek Hilton was the MOTM for his 6.
Hawks E fell at home 6-12 to Springfields B, but it was Ian Hayhurst & Anne Robinson who won one of the games in the final set to help snatch the vital bonus point. The best player on the evening was Dave Farrant who picked up 5 of his 6 games.
Crusaders D moved out of the drop zone this week with a 14-4 home win over bottom team MGS F. Luke Brown & Natalie Kane won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night & help the team pull away from the drop zone.
Evergreens B got beat 3-15 at home to Hawks D, who with the maximum 4 points move into sole 2nd spot on the table. All of the Hawks team chipped in with 5 games to help in pushing to get the max points & put them in a promotion position.
In 4, Preston College A’s Mick & Hazel Bradshaw pull a rabbit out of the hat this week to savage a draw out of their match with leaders of the division, Clayton Crusaders E. After the levels, the score was all square at 4 all, this was followed by a split set in the 1st mixed and then every set after that was won by each team to end up with the cracking draw for College A. The best players on the evening in this match were Dylan Butcher & Heath Ntabagara who each won 5 for Clayton who still stop out in front by 7 points on the table over their nearest rivals, Andy’s C & Flight who did not play this week.
Project 12 climbed up into 2nd place on the tables with a 15-3 win over Preston College B. All of 12’s players won 5 games each in the match to all chip in on the win.
Springfields C had a fine home win over Whittle B where they took the max 4 points in a 14-4 win. The best pair in this match was Steve Hudson & partner Maureen Turner, they won all of their 6 to assist in getting all of the points.
In division 5, Clayton Crusaders F lost 5-13 at home to leaders Evergreens C. The may have snatched the bonus point in the final set, but the match ran out of time & the Tennis Centre chucked them out! So, the LOTM award went to Margaret Whitham for her 6 games she won including the default 2 games she took in the final set.
Mythop had a 10-8 home win over Whittle C to put them in 2nd position on the tables. The match was sewn up in the 6th set when the hosts went through the winning post & Whittle then won 6 in a row to fall short of taking more than the bonus pt.
A five sided Whittle D lost 7-11 to St. Andrews D. Both teams were at the foot of the table before the match, but with the 3 points in the bag, Andy’s moved 2 above their hosts on the table. Simon Wynn was MOTM for winning his 6 games.
**PLEASE WHERE POSSIBLE USE THE NEXT 2 WEEKS FOR MATCH REARRANGEMENTS & INFORM ME OF THE NEW DATE**
Well, that’s it from me for this year folks, hope you have enjoyed the little snippets I bring you each week. All I can say to you all is, I hope you have enjoyed your badminton & I wish you all a Happy Christmas & peaceful New Year.