Report From Paul Eastham:
This week in Division 1, Carlton A not only managed to beat Hawks B, but they took all the 4 points on offer in a 13-5 home win and the best player on the evening to help boost the hosts up the table was Kay Armer who took 5 of her 6 games.
Hawks A got beat on home turf by MGS B who shoot into a very respectable mid table position & in the 4-14 win for the visitors, Adrian Greenwood & Alex Mackie won 5 games each to be the best pair on the evening.
MGS C got thrashed 1-17 by their own A team who now move into joint 3rd place on the tables with the max 4 point win. Rob Metcalf & Cheryl Parry won the 1 game, 15-13 to stop the total whitewash as Alex Mackie was statistically the best.
In division 2, Carlton B got beat 7-11 at home by visiting team, St. Andrews B. The 3 points keeps Andy’s at the top of the table for now as Karolyn Hustler earned herself the LOTM on the evening for winning all of her 6 games in the No 1 slot.
Clitheroe A battled at home against Crusaders A who up to press had not lost a match this season. The score was poised at 5-3 going into the mixed and the opening set was split before Sam Ames & Hannah Settle from Clayton stuck back with a pair in the 6th to level the match. Keith Ashton & Alison Leaver won a pair in the 7th to put the host back in front at 8-6 and then everyone’s nerve began to jangle as the final 2 sets were split. The 10-8 win sent Clitheroe into 2nd place on the tables as Alison took home the LOTM award for being the star for her 6 & give the team a solid platform early on in the match.
Garstang A were back at the fort again this week and what a productive match it turned out to be for them. They managed to beat their fellow rivals in the relegation zone, Hawks D by 13 games to 5. In the teams very 1st win it was Stuart Smerdon who won all of his 6 games to be the MOTM on the night, but despite the 4 pts, the team still stay below the solid red line!
Hawks C had a mid-table tussle with the in-form MGS D and it was the visitors who went home with 3 points in a 7-11 win. The result leapfrogs MGS over their opponents as Christina Atkinson won all of her 6 games to be LOTM at the No 1 slot, but it’s also worth mentioning that Matty Timms won all of his 6 games out of the 7 won for Hawks.
In division 3, St. Andrews C threw away the chance of winning 3 points when they were 9-5 up at home v Crusaders D. They were 5-3 up after the levels and in the 1st mixed Dylan Butcher & Laura Curtis from Clayton levelled the match at 5 all. Colin Marney & Gill Gornall then won both in set 6 followed by John Parry & Jane Godsland winning a pair in the 7th to go 9-7 up. But in the 8th Dylan & Laura won both games leaving it all to play for in the final set. Cameron Higgins & Nat Kane won the last 2 games 9-15 & 12-15 to help share the pts on the evening. Dylan was the star on the night; he won all his 6 for MOTM.
Hawks E fought hard against Springfields A & had built up a 5-3 lead at the end of the levels. In the 1st mixed Springers stuck immediately back with a pair from Dave Farrant & Alison P Truman to level the match but the Anne & Graham Robinson won a pair to put Hawks back in the driving seat at 7-5. The following 2 sets were split as Chris Porter & Pauline Weafer stepped on court for Springs knowing they had to take both games to share the points; and that’s exactly what they did to salvage a draw. Dave was the best player on the night; he took 5 games at the No 1 slot to assist in taking 2 points home.
In division 4, Project 12 pushed up the tables this week with a fine 11-7 win over Whittle A. At 8-2 up after the 1st mixed it was all plain sailing until Whittle went into overdrive & won 5 games in a row to pull it back to 8-7; however, the hosts won the last 3 games to eventually seal the 3 pts. Sarah Coultas won all of her 6 games to be the LOTM inc the last pair of games.
MGS F maintained their comfy position at the top of the table with a 15-3 home win over Evergreens C and they even got a surprise visitor on the evening watching the proceedings! (Me) The result puts MGS a massive 11 points ahead of their nearest rivals as Pat Jackson and Chris Cochrane won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night. However this week’s report was slightly delayed due to the card being sent in at the 11th hr & they very nearly got fined!! Next week, if MGS can be bothered, they travel to Whittle, so my advice is…. they need to pack their tents, overnight stay bags, cocoa, toothpaste and survival kits for the long night ahead; that is just in case the glass carriage doesn’t turn back into a pumpkin.
Crusaders E moved into 2nd place when they played Springfields B and managed to beat them, 12-6. All square after the levels and then in the mixed Springers only managed to win 1 game to snatch the bonus point from Clayton who are chasing the runaway leaders MGS F. Richard & Robert Langford won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night.
In 5, Brindle managed to scrape the bonus point in the final set as they lost the overall match to St. Andrews D, 6-12. Nick Fish & Linda Kozera won that vital game 15-13; but it was Phil Newsome who won 5 to be the best player on the night.
Preston College B took on the leaders of the division, Mythop & what a tight match it turned out to be! College were up 5-3 after the levels, but the visitors squared the match in the opening mixed and that was then followed by a split set in the 6th. The hosts then went 9-7 up after a pair in the 7th but Mythop immediately stuck back in the 8th by taking a pair, with all to play for in the final set. That set was split to share the points as Glyn Harrington & Mark Green took 5 games each.
Whittle C got beat 4-14 on home soil by 2nd place team Garstang B who are now hot on the heels of the leaders, Mythop & now lie just a point behind them with a game in hand. Ben Brooks & partner Diane Hoston won all their 6 games to be the best pair on the evening. In 2 weeks’ time, Mythop host Garstang, so there is gonna be fireworks on that night