Report From Paul Eastham:
Well, here we go again, 2016 kicked off in division1 with Carlton A taking on Cross Feathers who gained substantial points just before Christmas in 2 rearranged matches & amassed 8 max points out of those ties to put them firmly in the runners up spot, just 5 points behind the Champs, David Lloyd. In the fixture at Carlton, they had a real battle to win the match; they were 5-3 down after the levels but squared the scores after the 1st mixed in set 5. Carlton went 7-5 ahead in the 6th set and then this was followed by a split set in the 7th to be in charge at 8-6 with 4 to go. But Cross Feathers pulled their Xmas present out of the bag, a joker card and then won all 4 of the remaining games to win the match 8-10! Phew!! The result keeps them firmly in 2nd place, 13 points ahead of their nearest rivals MGS A; Mike Johnston was MOTM for his 6 games.
MGS A blew away Crusaders A, 17-1 with only Neil A Jones & Charlotte Gregory winning the 1 game to stop the total whitewash. The result puts MGS in 3rd spot and it was Tim Vickers who was statistically the best player on the evening.
It’s quite fitting that the LOTM on the night, Lynn Hosegood from MGS B won the 2 final games of the match against Hawks B to bag 3 points in the 2 side’s annual relegation battle match which took place at Clayton. The result opens up a massive 8 pt gap between MGS B & Hawks B & thanks to Lynn’s max 6 games, she made the difference in gaining the vital away win.
In Division 2, MGS E lost 2-16 at home to Springfields A who maintain the runners up spot with the 4 max points in the bag.
Clitheroe A battered 4th place Hawks C, 18-0 to shoot up the table with the max 4 points; Pete Wright was stat the best.
A five sided Hillbilly’s side still managed to salvage a draw from their match with MGS D at the fort this week & in this great result for them it was Stuart Smerdon who was the star; he won 5 games inc the final 2 games in set 9 to grab the 2 pts.
MGS C kept in the top spot with a 14-4 drumming over St. Andrews B. Rob Metcalfe & Claire Banfield were responsible for most of the damage as they both won all of their 6 games at the No 1 slot to help the team stay out in front by a single pt.
Crusaders B had a tight home match this week with a 10-8 win over Carlton B. After the levels the home side were 3-5 down but 4 quick mixed games put them 7-5 in front and then the remaining 3 sets were split to give a final score line of 10-8. The 3 points for Clayton still keep them in the drop zone and still 8 points adrift from their opponents & safety.
In division 3, Crusaders C won 12-6 at home to Hawks E this week, but Ian Hayhurst & Anne Robinson won 1 of the games in the final set to help grab a vital bonus point for Hawks who are trying to scramble away from the drop zone. Tom Reid was the MOTM in this clash, he won all of his 6 at no3 Men’s spot & help keep the team in a solid 3rd place on the tables.
Hawks D kept in the runners up spot with a 15-3 home win over Penwortham A; Richard Llewellyn was the MOTM for his 6.
Paul Bamber & Chris Cochrane from MGS F won the final game of the match 15-12 to help their team win their very 1st match of the season when they hosted Clitheroe B. Granted, they were given 6 games when one of the visiting team didn’t turn up to virtually hand the 3 points over to MGS; however they still stay firmly rooted at the bottom of the division.
A five sided Evergreens A still managed to pull off a 12-6 win over Crusaders D to maintain a 7 point lead at the top of the division over Hawks D. Lynette Tidy & Simone Binnes won all of their 6 to pull off the win despite being a Man down.
Springfields B beat a 5 sided Evergreens B, 16-2 to climb up the table, but the visitors remain in the dreaded drop zone.
In division 4, Whittle B beat a five sided Flight 15-3 to climb up the table with the 4 max points; Peter Nelson won 5 games.
The leaders of the division, Crusaders E had a fine 12-6 home win over Project 12 in a crucial promotion match, but didn’t take all 4 points due to Geoff Bean & Chris Hutcheon winning the very last game 12-15 to help snatch the bonus point. The result puts Clayton 6 points out in front at the top & project 12 3 points adrift from the runners up spot. Heath was MOTM.
St. Andrews C went into sole 2nd spot on the table with a 14-4 win over Preston College A; Colin Marney was MOTM for his 6
In 5, Brindle won the last 3 games at All Hallows to salvage a draw against Penwortham B. At 8-2 up after the 1st mixed the home side only need a couple more games to take the match, but Brindle fought back hard to win 7 of the 8 remaining mixed games to earn a fabulous draw. It was Nick fish who did made the difference in the match, he won 6 to be MOTM.
Evergreens C won the last 4 games of their match against Mythop to win the overall tie, 10-8. Steve Dudley won 5 games in this epic promotion battle which leaves the home side in joint top spot with Penwortham B & Mythop 6 points behind in 3rd.
Whittle C also won the last 4 games of their match with St. Andrews D to take 3 points in a 10-8 home win. In the tight match, the star on the night was Ant Houghton, he took all of his 6 games to help his team get the crucial win & was MOTM.