Level Doubles/Mid Lancs Week N Report

Level double entries are due in by the 10th of February. Which is one week today, the tournament takes place on Sunday the 19th February.

Report From Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1 it was potentially the Biggy! David Lloyd would have hosted Cross Feathers for potentially the division 1 shield, but I was not informed of this match cancellation & therefore the X-mind reader fines them £5 (Rule 29e)

Hawks A built on last week draw at Andy’s when they beat Carlton A 16-2 to move into a solid 4th place on the table;  Andy Owen & partner Emily Miller and Chris Foote all won their 6 games to be the best players on the evening.

MGS C who have not won a match this season fought against fellow relegation strugglers, Hawks B and not only won the match, but managed to pick up all 4 points as well. In the 15-3 victory, it was Cheryl Parry & Hannah Burgess who were the stars on the evening, they both picked up all of their 6 games to put the team on the same points as their opponents; just ahead of them on game difference. But I’m afraid apart from dotting the i’s and crossing the T’s, it now looks highly likely that both teams are doomed to play division 2 badminton next season.

St. Andrews A hosted old school rivals, MGS A but it didn’t quite turn out to the epic battle which I used to see years ago; this was mainly due to Pete Ferns conceding 4 games after picking up an injury after the Men’s set. The eventual score ran out at 12-6 to Andy’s and thrusts them back into the runners up spot due to Cross Feathers not playing at David Lloyd’s.

In 2, Carlton B who are teetering around the drop zone hosted MGS D who had a bad day at the office last week & were aiming  to put things right this week! The opening 4 levels sets were all split before Carlton won the first 3 mixed games and then MGS struck back to level the match again at 7 all by winning the next 3 games. But in the 8th & 9th set, the hosts powered ahead to win all 4 games and run out eventual winners at 11-7. The 3 points open up a 6 point gap between them and the dreaded red line as Simon Bruford & partner Andrea Philips won 5 games to be the best pair on the night.

Clitheroe A were back in action for the 1st time this year and wanting to build on last year’s success they were hosts to Evergreens A, who recently have hit a sweet spot when it comes to form, but sadly they didn’t manage to take a single point in the 15-3 defeat. Jess Portas & Alison Lever were the best players on the night, they took all of their 6 games in the 15-3 win, but the sting in the tail for Clitheroe was that the card was late, so they are duly fined £10 as per rule 25!

Clayton Crusaders A virtually sealed a promotion spot this week when they beat 3rd place St. Andrews B, 11-7. It wasn’t a breeze in the park for the hosts, as they only won 1 pair of games in the levels as the other 3 were split to be 5-3 up. Andy’s then squared the match in the opening mixed set at 5 all, but Clayton then marched on to win 6 of the 8 remaining mixed games to take the 3 pts & on course for a promotion spot. Sam Ames won 5 games for Clay, as did Matt Green for Andrews.

The only match to have survived the snow this week in division 3 was Hawks E v Crusaders B & they were thrashed 1-17 at home to leaders; only Ross Coulthard & Marian Bamber won the single game; Azam Sharif was statistically the best player.

In 4, Project 12 picked 3 points this week when they hosted Penwortham B and in the 12-6 win they move 7 away from the drop zone. Paul Whitehouse & Kat Platt won 5 games each with Kat narrowly missing out in a 16-17 setting for the LOTM.

Flight shot up the table this week with a 16-2 home victory over Evergreens C and the home team had nothing but praise for the visitors…. ‘’ I would just like to extend my thanks again to Evergreens’ for all their help and cooperation in getting two matches played across only three courts in two hrs, quite a feat…!’’ Christine Walkden & Louise Hustler won all of their 6. MGS F battered Springfields B 17-1 only Dave Burridge & Maureen Turner stopping the complete whitewash by winning the solitary game 9-15; it nearly was 16-2 but Rees Parry & Lorna Hopper were 1-14 down in set 8 and managed to win the games in setting 17-14!…. Ace if you win a game like that, but a sleepless night if you lose like that! (I’ve worn that T shirt!)

In 5, Brindle fought hard against College A & the match was finely poised after the levels at 4 all with the hosts winning the Men’s & the visitors taking all the Ladies. College then moved 4-6 ahead by taking a pair in the opening mixed set, thanks to Mick & Hazel Bradshaw, but set 6 & 7 were taken by Brindle to move 8-6 in front before Mick & Hazel took another pair in the 8th set to line up an 8 all classic. Jim Johnston & Janet Keyes won the opening game 8-15 for College but Brindle’s Les Halton & Margaret Snape won a nail-biting setting game 17-15 to earn a draw for their team. Hazel was LOTM for her 6.

Preston College B managed to take all 4 points in a 13-5 victory over Clayton Crusaders F taking them into joint 3rd place with their own A team; Dave Dunk, partner Jan Harrison & Helen Jones all won all of their 6 games to be the best players.

Garstang B wiped the floor with St. Andrews D this week, winning 17-1 and it was Seb Curry & Anita Murray who stopped the total whitewash by winning the solitary games 12-15. The 4 point max win now takes Garstang into joint leaders at the top of the division with Mythop as Jen Tsang was statistically the best player on the night in the No 3 Ladies spot.

Whittle C hosted last weeks division leaders, Mythop and the visitors left it to the last nail-biting set to snatch the 3 pts to stay top of the division, but now share it with Garstang, who have a match in hand over them. The match started tight & 3 of the 4 levels sets were split with Mythop winning a pair in the opening set to go 3-5 in front. The opening mixed set was won 17-15 & 15-9 by Mike Duggleby & Irene Ormisher to square the match at 5 all, before Mark Green & Leanne Amphlett won set 6, 11-15 & 16-17 to go up 5-7. Set 7 was split & then Andrew & Maxine Garland won the pair of games in set 8 to level the match again at 8 all to leave a nail-biting finale! In set 9 it was George Green & Elizabeth Davis who wrapped up the match at 11.55 pm by winning both games 3-15 & 12-15 for Mythop to win the match 8-10 & take the 3 points back home to St. Annes. Mark Green was responsible for most of the damage, he won 5of his 6 in the No 3 Men’s spot

Paul.