Mid Lancs Week R

Report From Paul Eastham

My very last report of the season comes to you from a very warm, sunny Costa Del Sol ??????????
It’s been a superb season with just 1 minor rule break that was down to a slight admin error at a club and the complex rules regarding playing up & down rule + the starring of players has been a credit to you all, so my sombrero goes off to you all.
In div 1, Carlton A took on Hawks A or judging by the players playing, I’d say a Hawks B! A very tight match indeed; the scores were square after the levels & then the visitors took a pair in the opening mixed before a split set in the 6th (5-7). Carlton then won 4 in a row to go 9-7 in front going into the final set. Dan Porter & Lisa Coulthard won the opener 3-15 for Hawks, but couldn’t hold out for the draw as John Bowker & Kay Amour won the final game of the match, 15-8 to set up a 10-8 home win for Carlton. Andy Wiseman & Cath Bagley both won 5 games each to be the best pair on the evening. David Lloyd had a 4 point max home win over MGS. In the 13-5 win, Emily Hollis was the LOTM on the evening for taking all of her 6 games. David Lloyd now need just 1 point from their final fixture against Carlton A to lift the shield for the 5th time. Hawks B got beat 3-15 at home to finish off their season by the Runners up of the division, Cross Feathers & now looks likely that they will tumble out of the division given their own C team may not get promoted. All 3 Ladies, Hayley, Rach & Fay won their 6 games to be the best players & congratulations to them all for becoming runners up in only their 2nd season. St. Andrews A beat MGS B 11-7 to climb away from that dreaded red line. Niki McGrath won 5 games to be the best on the night. As for MGS, they finish their season off in a very respectable position, their highest points tally in recent years and they normally have to rely on their C team winning division 2 to stop up, so very well done to them!In division 2, Carlton B beat Springfields A 12-6 at home to finish their season off & virtually guarantee their division 2 status next season. Andrea Phillips was the LOTM for her 6 games as Springers march on to make a bid on division 1 status next yr. Clitheroe A won their final match 15-3 at home to MGS D to finish off both their mediocre seasons. The Hillbilly’s took on St. Andrews B at the fort this week & not only did they manage to win the battle, but they took all 4 pts of the visitors. Sian Meakin & Natalie Appleyard won all of their 6 to be the best pair on the evening in the 13-5 win. MGS C dented Hawks C’s promotion fight by beating them 13-5 and although MGS can be mathematically caught by Springfields, it does look like they will march on to win the division & Springers will gain the 1 point required to become runners up. Rob Oakes & Danya Lewis were the best pair on the evening when they both won 5 games each. Crusaders B’s plight in division 2 continues by a very fine thread after a 14-4 home win over MGS E. The best players on the night were Gemma Wilkinson & Vici Hatch; they both won their 6 games and now all they need to do now to stay in the division is win both the remaining matches against Springfields A & St. Andrews B. ????
In 3, Clayton Crusaders C had a tight match against Penwortham A this week & Chris Kelly & Rachael Sides won the required game in the final set to help win the fixture. In the 10-8 win Rachael Sides & Laura Bradley both won 5 games each. Hawks D completed their fixtures with a conceded match from Clitheroe B. A one pt deduction & also a £10 fine for them! MGS F had another home loss, this time at the hands of Hawks E. Jean Egan was the LOTM in the 5-13 win for taking her 6. In a relegation 8 pointer match at Albany Science College, Evergreens B took on Crusaders D & found themselves being 3-5 down at the end of the levels. A split set in the opening mixed was followed by a pair in the 6th set for the hosts before Crusaders put their foot down to runout 7-11 winners at the end of the match. Luke Brown was the MOTM for winning all of his 6 games and for assisting in getting 3 vital points to guarantee their division 3 badminton status next season; however Evergreens will now have to hold their breath in the remaining rearranged matches taking place to stay up! Springfields B fell at home to the runaway leaders, Evergreens A who finish off their victorious season with a 7-11 win. The best player on the evening was Lynette Tidy; she took home the LOTM award for winning all of her 6 games at the No 2 slot.
In division 4, Preston College B ended their season with a conceded match by Flight; another tenner fine & a pt deduction. Project 12 fell 8-10 in their final match at home to Springfields C as they levelled out this season from romping away with the division 5 title last year. Julie Youngs & Tim Lawrence picked up 5 games each to be the best pair on the evening. Whittle B sent Preston College A tumbling into division 5 next season with a 14-4 home win at St. John’s Hall. Simon Hardacre & Carol Heaton were responsible for most of the damage, they won all 6 games to be the best pair on the night. St. Andrews C beat Whittle A 14-4 to gain promotion into division 3 next season. Lisa Harrison & Zoe Watts were the best players in this one; they took all of their 6 games & it’s all down to their final fixture whether they can catch Crusaders E.
In division 5, the battle to avoid the wooden spoon took place between Crusaders F and Whittle D at South Ribble Tennis Centre and what a close match it was, no fewer than 5 of the 9 sets were split. Dan Theaker & Ester Worthington winning the last pair of games to help the team share the points on the evening. No overall best player in this awesome tie as everyone chipped in to move their teams 2 points up the table to avoid the wooden spoon. Brindle & Mythop finished their final fixture this week with a draw at Wellfield. The home side were on the ropes from the very early onset, being 0-4 down & then 3-5 down after the levels. The pressure didn’t end there as Mythop went into the mixed winning the next 2 sets to go 3-9 ahead before a splendid comeback from Brindle who won the remaining 6 games in a row to pull off a fabulous draw. Helena Mellenchip won 5 games for the visitors to be the best player on the evening. At All Hallows’, a match of pride took place against the already Champions of the division, Penwortham B and runners up, Evergreens C. The hosts romped away in the levels, being a massive 7-1 in front going into the mixed & continued to build on this to have the match in the bag be the end of set 6 (9-1). But I did mention pride & in the remaining 6 games, Evergreens fought back hard to win 5 of them to sneak the bonus point off their fellow promotion rivals. Luisa Maloney won 5 games to be the best player on the night & help the team win the shield by 6 clear points.
Well, that’s all from me for another season, once again thanks for all your cooperation for getting the cards to me as soon as possible to get the ‘live’ tables & report to you all. Have a cracking summer & I hope to see some of you at the dinner dance on the 20th May.

Paul.