Report From Paul Eastham
This record breaking report comes to you at 11pm on a Thu night & a special thanks to Ali Peacock for her swift card to make this as ‘live’ as it can ever get!
In division 1 this week, Carlton A got beat 8-10 in an ever so tight match at home to MGS A. At 4 all, it really was all to play for after the levels, but MGS took a pair in the opening mixed & this turned out to be the deciding set of the match as the remaining 4 sets were all split to send MGS through the winning post in the final game where Tom Lowe & Lynn Hosegood fought hard to win it 11-15 after losing the 1st game 15-12 to Dave Wiseman & Kay Armer. Becky Ashton won 5 games.
Hawks A battled hard at home this week when they hosted Cross Feathers & went into the mixed all square after 2 pairs for either side & 2 split sets in the levels. The opening mixed set was split & then the visitors took a pair in the 6th to go 5-7 in front and this was the critical set, as the final 3 sets were all split to make the final score run out at 8-10. Fay Andrews was the best player on the night; she won 5 games at 3rd Ladies to help the team go to the top of the table as David Lloyd rested. MGS B thrashed Hawks B 18-0 to rise up to 3rd place on the tables with the max 4 point win; Hannah Burgess was stat best. St. Andrew A beat MGS C 17-1 to take all 4 points and leap into 2nd place on the tables; just Rob Oakes & Danya Lewis stopping the total whitewash as Karolyn Hustler was statistically the best player on the evening.
In division 2, Carlton B fell 5-13 at home to Crusaders A who win their 3rd match in a row with max points to keep them well out in front & to be the early favourites to lift the silverware at the end of the season. Gemma Wilkinson was the LOTM for her 6. Hawks C fell at home 7-11 to St. Andrews B; Karolyn Hustler & Sarah Gradwell won 5 games each to be the best players on the night and help Andy’s stay in a solid runners up spot on the table as they pick up their 3rd win on the trot. The Hillbilly’s were back in action this week and it was the turn of newly promoted Evergreens A who had the pleasure of doing battle with at the fort. As the drawbridge was raised, the visitors got off to a cracking start, winning 6 of the 8 level games to leave Garstang with a proper battle on their hands. The hosts immediately stuck back with a pair in the opening mixed, but Evergreens quickly re-grouped & took a pair in the 6th set to leave the score poised at 4-8. The 7th set was split (5-9) before Steve Beniston & Jane Grey won both games in the 8th, but it was all in vain as Darren Clayton & Lynette Tidy won the required game in the final set to help win the match 8-10. Andrew Morris was the MOTM for taking all his 6 games. MGS D won their first match of the season to lift themselves off the foot of the tables and leapfrog over their opponents Hawks D. In the 15-3 max point win, Claire Banfield & Joy Moon both won all of their 6 games to assist in gaining the victory.
In division 3, St. Andrews C had their 1st win of the season when they beat Penwortham A. The match was tight all the way through and after the levels the scores were tied at 4 all, but Andy’s took an early lead in the mixed winning 3 games in a row but Penwortham fought back winning the next 3 to be all square again at 7 all, but the hosts powered their way through the next 4 to take the match 11-7. Zoe Watts earned herself the LOTM award for taking all of her 6 games at the No 1 slot.
Hawks E lost home to Clitheroe B as Stuart Davy & Elizabeth Maskell won the final game of the match, a nail-biting 14-17 to help take all the 4 points back home with them in the 5-13 win. Sheila Perry was the LOTM for taking all of her 6 games @ 1. Crusaders B v MGS E….how about this for a tight match? 8 all classic; Ren Soni & Azam Shaif win the final pair of games in setting 17-14 & 17-14 over Richard Everett & Jacqui Gibson.. I know who’s gonna sleep tight tonight! Final score 10-8..Wow!
In division 4, Project 12 had an ever so tight match against Whittle B and were on the ropes after the levels, being 3-5 down. A split opening set was followed by a pair in the 6th to pull the match square at 6 all. Whittle then won a pair in the 7th to go back ahead at 6-8 and this was a crucial set as the last 2 were split for the score to run out at 8-10 for the visitors. No overall best player in this match as 6 of the 9 sets were spilt & everyone seemed to chip in, but it was Whittle who took home 3 pts.
Flight managed to field a team 2 weeks in a row as they took on MGS F…. amazing! The match throughout was ever so tight, the boys from MGS winning their sets & the girls from Flight won their sets to keep the match even at the end of the levels. MGS then won the opening mixed set & Flight struck back with a pair in the 6th to square things up again; then things started to ready crank up as 2 close split sets fooled to leave an 8 all classic. Reece Parry & Lorna Hopper from MGS battled against Chris Tomlinson & Yvonne Kay in the final set & what a clash it was as the score justifies; 14-15 & 14-17 to send MGS through the winning post & pick up the vital 3 points to keep them top of the shop. Reece & Dave Bird won 5 for MGS to assist in getting the win & also Alex Pimperton for Flight won 5 of the 8 games taken.
Penwortham B are still looking for their 1st point of the season, as this week they crashed to a 4-14 defeat at the hands of Springfields B, who shoot up to 2nd place on the tables; Tim Laurence & Julie Youngs won 6 games each to be the best pair.
The only match to survive in division 5 this week was Brindle v Garstang B & the hosts ended up losing their home match when they were beaten 3-15 in the visitors very 1st match of their season. Dave Plunkett, Simon Tebbutt & Fran Hellier all won their 6 games to help take all the 4 points on the night & immediately shoot up to 3rd place on the table.
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