Report From Paul Eastham
In Division 1, Hawks A got a fab 10-8 home win this week when they hosted MGS A. After the levels they were 5-3 ahead followed by 2 split sets and then won a pair in the 7th to go into a 9-5 lead. Jarred Mathew & Becky Ashton won both games in the 8th for MGS 8-15 & 16-17 to bring the match score back to 9-7; but Andy Owen & Emily Miller sealed the win in the final set & take the 3 pts to put a little daylight between them & the dreaded red line! Chris Chu won 5 games to be best.
After a very tight match MGS B lost 8-10 at home to Carlton A. MGS went into the mixed games at 3-5 down and the first 3 sets were split before MGS took a pair in the 8th to level the match to go into an 8 all classic. Dave Wiseman & Cath Bagley won the final pair of games 11-15 & 12-15 to seal the 8-10 win for Carlton to lift the away from the dreaded drop zone. Cath was also the best player on the night, winning 5 of her 6 games to help take the 3 points for the team.
David Lloyd thrashed Hawks B 18-0 to go into joint 2nd place on the tables; still only losing to games in their 5 matches! Statistically, I couldn’t split Ashlea Chester & Ruth Flatman for being the best players; they both conceded 20 pts out of their 6 games. Next week, I wonder if MGS A can show any resistance to David Lloyd when they visit Wellfield?
Cross Feathers went back to the top of the table this week with a 16-2 home win over MGS C as Ste Andrews & Hayley Harrison won all of their 6 games to assist in the max point win in the No 2 slot.
In division 2, Carlton B lost at home this week to Clitheroe A who with the 7-11 win go to the top of the tables. At least the hosts’ managed to get the vital bonus point as they lie just 2 points above the relegation line. Damian Cooke won 5 games to be the best player for the visitors and Andrea Philips also won 5 of the 7 games won for Carlton.
Hawks C had an 11-7 home win over Evergreens A to put them into 4th place on the tables. The match was all square after the levels with Hawks winning all the Men’s and Evergreens winning the Ladies, but after the opening mixed set which was split, the hosts powered their way through the next 3 sets to win the match. Matty Timms was MOTM once again for his 6.
Crusaders A verses Hawks D is a late card and hence a £10 fine is on the way to them as per rule 25.
This week in division 3, Hawks E beat a 5 sided MGS E, 13-5 to shoot up the table away from danger. However, the result with not a single point, could prove to be costly for MGS as they currently lie in 2nd place just above next week’s opponents, Crusaders D who have a game in hand. David Lyons was the best player on the night; he won the 5 games for MGS.
Springfields A managed to salvage the bonus point after being trounced in the early stages of their match against Clayton Crusaders B. The hosts were 2-6 down after the levels and the mauling continued in the mixed, but the stiff upper lipped Springfields side eventually composed themselves and won the last 3 games of the match to snatch the bonus point. In the 6-12 win for Crusaders it was Sam Gorrell who took home the MOTM for winning his 6 games & help the team go 9 pts clear
Evergreens B won their second match of the season in style as they managed to take all 4 points in a 14-4 home win over St. Andrews C. The host’s, who were in the relegation zone, now leapfrog over Andy’s with the max point win which puts them below the dreaded red line and have played 3 more matches. Colin Campbell was responsible more most of the damage on the evening, he won all of his 6 games in the 3rd Men’s spot to be awarded the MOTM.
In division 4, Project 12 managed to salvage a draw at home to flight this week. The match was evenly poised after the levels with the hosts winning the Ladies and Flight taking the Men’s. The mixed started with 3 split mixed sets (7 all) before the visitors jumped ahead in the 8th with a pair to go 7-9 ahead, but in the final set, Paul Whitehouse & Christine Hutcheon won the last 2 games 15-3 & 15-9 to earn a draw. Fair result on the evening I felt, given that it was tight throughout, but Christine, Pernelle Yates for P 12 and Gordon Pimperton & Andy Howson for Flight still managed to pick up 5 games each.
Penwortham B lost 7-11 at home to Clayton Crusaders E who remain in a solid 2nd place on the tables with the 3 point win. Luisa Malaney won 5 games for Penwortham & Richard Langford also won 5 for Crusaders to be the best players.
Whittle B moved into 4th place with a convincing 15-3 win over Springfields B. All 3 of Whittle’s Men won there 6 games; Gary Richardson, Ant Houghton & Simon Wynn to help take the max points on the evening.
Whittle A had the pleasure of hosting MGS F this week and promised the visitors that they could all be tucked up in bed with their coco by 11. The visitors definitely wanted to get the match over quickly as they stormed passed the finishing post in the first 5 sets, up 0-10 after the opening mixed set. Whittle then bedded in and fought back hard, winning the next 4 games with 4 to play, threatening to snatch the bonus point, but MGS kicked back to take all 4 points and get home to their comfy beds with a 5-13 win in the bag. Dave Bird & Pat Jackson won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the night.
In 5, Brindle drew at home this week with Whittle C after another tight match with the hosts winning all the Men’s and Whittle winning the Ladies. A split set in the opening mixed was followed by Brindle striving ahead in the 6th set by Nick Fish & Linda Kozera winning a pair to go 7-5 up. Andrew Garland & Irene Ormisher instantly hit back with a pair for Whittle to go level again before Nick & Linda winning both again in the 8th to go 9-7 up. Andrew & Irene then won the final pair of games to salvage a draw on the evening. No surprises then that Nick won 6 for Brindle and Irene won 6 for Whittle to be the best.
St. Andrews D won 11-7 at home to Preston College B. The result lifts them up into joint 3rd place with their opponents as Emma Ryding, Chris Wormesley and Anita Murry all won 4 games each to be the best players on the night.