Report From Paul Eastham
In div 1, MGS A took on their own B team and it wasn’t a breeze for them!. Pete Fearns was the MOTM for taking all of his 6 games in the 11-7 win, but I fear that the point lost in this tie will have cost them the chance of the runners up spot. Lynn Hosegood & Charlotte Heyes won 4 each to help get a vital bonus pt in the fight to stay up; Jen Rigby got a quack quack! J
Clayton A fell 6-12 at home to 2nd place Cross Feathers; I wouldn’t get too excited about the result as they turned up with 5!
St. Andrews A hosted Hawks B in an ‘’8 pointer’’ relegation match… never thought I’d say that about Andy’s (Ta Mr B for the idea!) In the hard fought match, it turned out to be 3 pts for Andy’s as they ran out 12-6 winners with Katie McWalters being the LOTM for her 6, but it’s worth mentioning that Hannah Burgess won 4 in her 1st outing ever for the A team!
In division 2, MGS E had a very tight match with their own D team with the score all square after the levels. In the 1st mixed, Jason Loffman & Amanda Hodkinson won both games to virtually set up the marginal win, as the next 4 mixed were all split to end the match with an 8-10 win for the D team. It’s worth mentioning that Martin Hobin & Heather Boon won that final game for the D team, a nail-biting 16-17 to help gain the 3 points which puts the team in joint 2nd place; Jason won 5.
Damian Cooke & Louise Burrill from Clitheroe A saved the day for their team when they won the very last pair of games in set 9, 15-5 & 15-10 to earn a home draw over the traveling team, the Hillbilly’s. After the levels, the score was even at 4 all followed by 3 split mixed sets before Stuart Smerdon & Sian Meekin won a pair in the 8th to put Garstang 7-9 ahead going into that final set. Natalie Applewood won 5 for Garstang to be the best player on the evening.
Hawks C lost a crucial home match over Carlton B who themselves relieved their relegation fears with a 3 point win. In the tight, 8-10 win the score was all square after the levels & then in 5 & 6 Carlton pulled ahead with 4 straight games in a row. Sets 7 & 8 were split to give the visitors the win & the LOTM was Jane Grant for winning all her 6 at 3rd. Hawks stay 4th.
MGS C cemented their position at the top of the table with a 4 point max win over Crusaders B to leave them in murky waters. In the 15-3 win Rob Metcalf, Rob Oakes & Claire Banfield all won 6 games to be the best players on the evening.
In div 3, a crucial promotion battle took place at the South Ribble Tennis Centre between 2nd place Crusaders C & Hawks D in 3rd & it was the visitors who got off to a flying start in the levels, being 1-7 up going into the mixed. They built on that lead in the 1st mixed set, but a mini comeback including winning the very last 2 games of the match 17-14 & 15-11 by Sam Gorrell & Rachelle Haynes gained Clayton the vital bonus point; but mathematically they cannot catch up to their visitors who lie in a very solid runners up spot. In the 6-12 win for Hawks, Richard Llewellyn (or was it Irv?), Jane Tighe & Jean Egan all won 5.
Hawks E lost a crucial home relegation match to fellow strugglers, Evergreens B. In another tight match, the scores were tied after the levels before Evergreens went 4-6 ahead in the 1st mixed & then Hawks stuck back with a pair in the 6th & this was followed by a split 7th set. The visitors then went ahead in the 8th set with a pair from Ed Gilbertson & Karen Holden to go 7-9 ahead going into the final set. Phil Barlow & Susan Bullen the took the required game to take Evergreens over the winning line & help take the vital 3 points in the final 8-10 score. Ed was the MOTM for his 6 games & the also star in the hard fought match to leave the bottom 5 teams scrapping it out with 4 of them being separated by just 3 points.
MGS F lost 3-15 at home to Springfields B who move into a solid 3rd place; Colin Chisholm & Chris Porter won all their 6.
Richard Langford & Kathy Yeung from Crusaders D won the final games in set 9, 15-12 & a nail-biting 17-14 to help win the match 10-8 against Clitheroe B. In the tight match throughout, there was 5 sets that were split to give a flavour of how close each set was, but it was the hosts that gained the 3 points & claw above the red line in the fight to avoid the drop!
Evergreens A had a 14-4 home win over Pen A to keep on target to lift the division shield; Lynette Tidy was LOTM again.
In division 4, Preston College A’s great relegation escape continues with a 10-8 home win over 3rd placed team on the tables, Project 12. Mick & Hazel Bradshaw from College won the final pair of games 15-4 & 15-10 to help take 3 pts & now are 11 clear of the team below them, Whittle A & travel to play them next time in week P’s fixtures! Hazel was also the best player taking 5 games in a match where the visitors nearly turned it around in a last minute onslaught, winning 5 in a row.
Crusaders E march on to take the division 4 shield with a 3-15 win at Whittle B. Dylan Butcher, Rachelle Haynes & Cameron Higgins all took 6 games each to help earn the 4 pt win, but I do always like it when someone emails me to give me a flavour of the match. Clayton’s Captain, Ali Peacock sent me this sentence ‘’ Our match tonight against Whittle B was fantastic, there were some amazing rallies and the shot of the season from Carol Heaton and even though we didn’t finish until midnight (!) everyone had a great time’’ Thank you for that Alison & well done to Carol…!!
Spring C lost 5-13 at home to Flight who move into 3rd with the max point win; Louise Hustler & Rosie Southworth won 6.
St. Andy’s C won 16-2 at home to Preston College B to keep on track for promotion; Darren Robinson & Lisa Harrison won 6.
In 5, Mythop lost 7-11 to St. Andrews D, who after last week’s remark by me mentioning the wooden spoon, must av given them a kick up the jacksie! Despite Pauline’s cakes which went down like a treat, the visitors marched on to take 3 points to take them 5 clear of the bottom. Best on the night was Jane Godsland who picked up all her 6 to be LOTM. Seb Curry got 5.
Leaders on the division, Penwortham B won 12-6 at home to Whittle C as Luisa Malaney won all of her 6 to be the LOTM.
Evergreens C maintained a solid 2nd when they took all 4 points in a 14-4 win over Whittle D; Chris Chatwood was MOTM.