Report From Paul Eastham
This is the turnaround week of the season & in Division 1, David Lloyd beat Carlton A 16-2 to climb up into 2nd place on the tables. Clarky was statistically the best player on the night & lie just a single point behind the leaders with a match in hand.
Hawks B lost 4-14 at home to their own A team to be in very deep relegation waters. Andy Owen was the MOTM for his 6.
MGS C also lost to their own B team 5-13, as Tom Lowe & Adrian Greenwood won all their 6 games to be the best players on the evening and help the team go onto the same points on the table as their very own A team, 17.
St. Andrews A fought hard to try and topple Cross Feathers off the top of the table and at 4 all after the levels the match was looking very tight. Alesander Grigorov & Fay Andrews from Cross Feathers then won a pair in the opening mixed which was followed by a split set in the 6th before Joe Steele & Liz Holt struck back in 7th with a pair to level the match once again (7 all) In the 8th Alesander & Fay won another pair, 11-15 & 13-15 to take the score to 7-9 before Ste Andrews & Hayley Harrison won the required game in the final set to pick up the 3 points & stay at the top of the table. So, in the 8-10 win for the visitors, it was Fay who took home the LOTM award home for taking all of her 6 crucial games to help win the match.
In 2, Clitheroe A took all 4 points off potential promotion rivals, St. Andrews B. It was the visitors very 1st loss of the season and were struggling to get a full team out, they even wanted to sign me on… how ridiculous!!! In the 14-4 win, Allison Leaver got injured in the Ladies & therefore gave Andy’s 3 games as Matt Cole & Jess Portas won all of their 6 games.
Hawks D are in big trouble at the foot of the table, they lost 2-16 to their own C team, who shoot into 4th spot. Matty Timms & Mo Suleman won all of their 6 to be the best on the night, but its looking like the death knell is ringing for the D team.
Crusaders A kept the pressure on the leaders, Clitheroe by winning all 4 points also off Garstang A. In the 14-4 win, it was Sam Ames who won all of his 6 games to be crowned the MOTM on the evening & help the team push for promotion.
Evergreens A had a battle on their hands this week when they hosted Carlton B who are desperate to scramble out of the relegation zone. At 3-5 up after the levels, Carlton edged further in front in the opening mixed set (3-7); this was then followed by 3 split sets to send the visitors through the winning post. In the 8-10 win Mick Cryer & Simon Burford won 5 games each to be the best players, but their team still lie in very dangerous waters; just 1 point above the red line!
In 3, MGS E kept their firm stranglehold onto 2nd place with a 14-4 max point win at home over Evergreens B. Jacqui Gibson took all of her 6 games to earn herself the LOTM award on the evening; as for Evergreens, they sink below the red line!
St. Andrews C fell 6-12 at home when they hosted fellow relegation rivals Clitheroe B. Both teams were lurking in dangerous waters near the dreaded red line before the match, so John Parry & Zoe Watts pair in the final set were crucial games as they managed to snatch a vital bonus point for Andy’s. Ironically, the match was all square after the levels, but Clitheroe went into overdrive in the mixed, only losing those final games to miss out on max points. Elaine Norris won 5 games to be the best player on the evening & the result pushes them 3 points away from the dreaded drop zone.
Penwortham A fell 6-12 at home to Springfields A after a cracking start to the match; 5-3 up after the levels! But in the mixed Springs fought back, winning 9 of the 10 games on offer to pick up 3 points. Chris Porter was the MOTM for his 6.
Clayton Crusaders D fell 4-14 to their own B team who stay 9 points clear at the top; Azam Sharif & Ren Soni won 6 each.
In division 4, Flight won 16-2 at home to Whittle A to continue their climb up the table; Dave Bradley was MOTM for his 6.
The match between Whittle B & Clayton Crusaders E, I thought I would just copy & paste from Gary Richardson, the Captain from Whittle. ‘’Please could I add a note in recognition of the whole Clayton Team & especially their captain on the night ‘Richard Langford’ for their exceptional sportsmanship & understanding shown in agreeing to rearrange the order of several games to allow the match to flow & all 18 games be played. Clayton would have been well within their right in theory to have claimed at least 4 of the games from us if we hadn’t reorganised the playing order, which would have shown a completely different result on the scorecard. A massive thanks must go to all 6 players for this & coincidently the game was level at 8 all going into the last 2 games of the match.’’ Final score, 10-8 to Whittle & Gary was the MOTM for his 6 games. This is the kind of sportsmanship that I expect from all teams regardless of the rules we have in place…. play the sport!!!! MGS F beat Penwortham B 16-2 to stay out in front by a massive 11 points; Janet Rance was statistically the best player. Evergreens C won 11-7 at home to Project 12 to slightly ease their relegation worries; 4 points above the red line. James Vinden & partner Helen Pickup won 5 games each as did Kat Platt, but a special mention must go to Corrine Wagstaff who played the match after not eating anything for 4 days due to being ill, but showing full commitment to her team.
In 5, Preston College B were up against the ropes when the hosted their own A team this week & at 2-6 down after the levels it was gonna be a tough road to recovery. The A team then piled more misery on the B by taking a pair in the 1st mixed set as Mick & Hazel Bradshaw won them to 6 & 4. But a terrific comeback commenced, as the B team won 5 games in a row to pull the score back to 7-8 as the A team snunk 1 more game in the 8th set to make it 7-9. Into the final set & Keith Gray & Jane Anthony were under extreme pressure to win both games to pull off a magnificent draw, and that exactly what they managed to achieve, winning 17-15 & 15-2. Fabulous match to read into & Mick & Hazel won 5 games to be the best.
Mythop have a 7 pt lead at the top of the table when they beat Brindle 16-2 as Ngan Pilkington & John Goldsworthy won 6.