Report From Paul Eastham:
In div 1 this week, Carlton A lost 5-13 to St. Andrews A who needed a max point win to get out of the unusual territory that they have found themselves in recently. A max 6 games for Ste Taylor & Nicki McGrath helped the team survive the drop.
MGS A had a battle with Hawks A and in an 8 all classic Tom Lowe & Joy Moon came up trumps to win the final pair of games 15-8 & 15-5 to help win the match 10-8 for MGS. Josh Hull won 5 for MGS as did Emily Miller for Hawks.
Hawks B got thrashed 1-17 by David Lloyd only Andy Owen & Emily Miller stopping the complete whitewash in the final set & now the team face relegation; only their C team coming runners up in division 2 will save them from going down.
Crusaders A fell 3-15 at home to MGS B who stay up in the division this year on their own merit; however for Clay is div 2.
In 2, MGS E were relegated when they got beat 2-16 by Hawks C who seemed determined to snatch the runner up spot.
The hillbilly’s hosted Crusaders B at the fort this week and managed to take 3 points off the visitors, but lost the bonus point in the final set. In the 12-6 win Stuart Smerdon, Sian Meakin & Steve Beniston all won 5 games to be the best players.
The leaders of the division, MGS C had a shock home defeat this week when they hosted Clitheroe A. The visitors had wrapped the match up by set 8 despite things being all square after the levels & then going 6-4 ahead in the opening mixed set. But a straight 6 game surge gave Clitheroe the 3 points as MGS took the last consolation games in set 9 to make the final score 8-10 & despite being on the losing side, it was Rob Metcalf who won all of his 6 games to be the MOTM. Alison Leaver was the best player for Clitheroe, she won 5 games at the No 3 Ladies spot to assist in gaining the 3 points.
Springfields A beat MGS D 14-4 to stay very much in the mix for promotion; Mick Cryer & Alison P Truman both won their 6.
St. Andrews B crushed Carlton B 15-3 to take 4 pts as Matt Norris & Hannah Burgess both won their 6 games to be best.
In division 3, Clitheroe B were on the ropes from the onset of their home match with Evergreens B. After the levels they were 2-6 down and continued to stumble in the mixed with Paul Cronshaw & Gill Sutton winning one of the games in the final set to earn the bonus point. Eventual score was 6-12 as Ed Gilbertson & Karen Holden won 5 games to be the best pair.
Hawks D battered 3rd placed Springfields B 17-1, only Chris Porter & Linda Settle stopping the complete whitewash.
MGS F conceded to Clayton C & are duly fined and a one point deduction from their points tally.
Clayton Crusaders D lost 7-11 to Penwortham A to stay below the red line and the visitors leapfrog them by 2 points.
Evergreens A thrashed Hawks E 16-2 to lift the division 3 shield…. Congratulations to them.
In division 4, a 4 sided Preston College B got beat 2-16 at home by Crusaders E who now just need a draw in their final match to lift the Shield. Heath Ntabagara won all 4 games of his possible games to be the best player on the night.
Flight whitewashed nearest rivals, Project 12 a massive 18-0 to keep in a very menacing 3rd place; not far from the red line!
Whittle B lost at home to St. Andrews C but still managed to pick up a point in the 6-12 defeat. Anne Ashworth was the LOTM on the evening as picked up all of her 6 games to ensure that Andy’s remain in a strong position for promotion.
Spring C lost 4-14 to Whittle A as Martin Charnock won all his 6 to be the MOTM & help lift the team above the drop zone.
In 5, Mythop maintained a solid 3rd place with an 11-7 win over Whittle D as Julie Bennett and Alison Kirkham won all of their 6 to be the best players on the evening including a game that went to 18-16… now I haven’t seen that for a while!
St. Andrews D signed off this season with……. another loss! Nick Fish & Linda Kozera won both games in the final set 6-15 to win an 8 all classic. Nick was also the MOTM for winning his 6 games on the night as Andy’s now have to wait to see the remaining results come in from Crusaders F & Whittle D to determine whether they will pick up the wooden spoon! (Sorry Jane, I couldn’t resist keeping this material in the report!)
Whittle C had a fine 11-7 win over Clayton F as Olivia Brown won all of her 6 games to be the LOTM on the evening.