Report From Paul Eastham
In the last week of the 2016 / 17 season, Hawks B were beaten 0-18 at home by St. Andrews A who stay in 2nd place on the table with just 1 match to go…but it is against the Champs, David Lloyd. Lizzie Balmforth was statistically the best player.
David Lloyd showed MGS A why they are the current Champions by thrashing them on home turf, a massive 18-0. Darren Whitley was once again statistically the best player on the evening & MGS finish their season in 4th place on the tables.
MGS C ended their season off with a 3-15 home loss against Hawks A, who themselves finish bang in the middle of the tables. Chris Foote, Michelle Skinner & Cathy Atfield all won all of their 6 games on the evening.
Cross Feathers beat a five sided MGS B, 15-3 as Paul Maguire picked up the MOTM award for his 6 games at 3rd Men’s.
David Lloyd will probably retain the division 1 shield for the 6th year & Cross Feathers will become runners up once again.
In division 2, a crucial relegation match took place when Carlton B hosted Garstang A & they were immediately on the ropes going 2-6 down after the level games followed by 2 split mixed sets. Garstang then won a pair in the 7th set to go through the winning line & then the remaining 2 sets were split with Carlton winning the very last game of the match to earn the bonus pt….. How critical that will be in the coming weeks! Carlton B, Garstang A & Evergreens A all face the drop with all 3 teams being on the same pts; so the games difference WILL be critical. With Carlton B having finished their matches, here is the scenario, Evergreens A need to take a single game off Clayton A at Wellfield to stay up & Garstang A who host MGS D at the fort need to win 5 games to stay up & send Carlton B tumbling into division 3 by a single game in the game diff column!!
St. Andrews B tried to push once again for promotion when they hosted MGS D & ran out with a 12-6 defeat of their visitors. In fairness, I think their mid season form let them down and could be in the runners up spot now, but their late rally of points has come too late. Karolyn Hustler won all of her 6 games to be the LOTM on the evening.
Hawks D ended their miserable season off by being beaten 0-18 at home by now the runners up of the division, Clitheroe A. Damian Cooke was statistically the best player on the night & my congrats go to the team in gaining division 1 status again.
In another ‘mega’ relegation clash, Evergreens A hosted Hawks C in a close match at Albany and the host were on the ropes after the very close levels when the score stood at 2-6. Derek Hilton & Simone Binnes won a close pair in the opening mixed before a split mixed in the 6th & 7th set took the score to 6-8. Darren Clayton & Lynette Tidy won a pair in the 8th to even the score at 8 all. M Suleman & Jenny Brookfield won both games 1 & a nail biting 16 in setting to win the match 8-10 to avoid relegation from the division. The result ensues Hawks are now safe & I cannot stress how close this match was… incredible!!
Clayton Crusaders A have won the division and the runners up are Clitheroe A.
In division 3, Clitheroe B took all 4 points of a very experienced Springfields A team. In the 14-4 win, it was Gill Fourie in the No 2 slot who won all of her 6 games to be the best player on the night and take home the LOTM award.
Penwortham A lost 6-12 at home to Hawks E; Graham Robinson was MOTM for taking all his 6 games on the night.
Evergreens B lost 3-15 at home to Crusaders B to virtually clinch the division shield.
Clayton B will probably march on to win the division & MGS E will be the runners up.
In 4, a five sided Project 12 got whitewashed 0-18 at home by Crusaders E; Esther Worthington was statistically the best player on the night & stay in 2nd place on the tables… only Whittle B can catch them if they win their remain 2 matches.
Springfields B finished off their season with an 8-10 defeat at home by Flight. In set 7 the score stood at 8-6 and was looking promising for a win for Springers, but 4 games in a row for Flight ensured that they snatched the victory from under the noses of the hosts. Alex Pimperton won all of his 6 games to be the best player on the evening & pick up the MOTM award.
Whittle B thrashed a doomed Evergreens C, 17-1 to stay in a promotion threatening 3rd place; only Chris Chatwood & Steve Dudley winning the 1 game to stop the total whitewash. Karen Butler was statistically the best player on the night. Whittle B can snatch a promotion spot if they take 7 pts from their 2 remaining matches & make history by a team gaining promotion above their own A team! I think if that happens, the club must have a look at team selection next year!
Whittle A thrashed poor ol’ relegated Penwortham B 18-0 as Jackie Harnby was statistically the best player on the night.
MGS F are clear winners of the division by a mile and the runner up spot is still up for grabs between Clayton E & Whittle B.
In division 5, a five sided Clayton Crusaders F finished their season off with a defeat 4-14 at home by Whittle C.
St. Andrews D had a tough home match against Preston College A this week and the match was all square after the levels. College struck first blood in the mixed with a pair from Mick & Hazel Bradshaw, followed by a split set in the 6th before Phil Newsome & Emma Hindley won a pair in the 7th to level the match again at 7 all. Mick & Hazel did the honours once again by taking a pair in the 8th to go 7-9 up, but Chris Wormesley & Emma Ryding took the final pair of games 9 & 6 to earn a draw for Andy’s. So, the 9 all draw produced a MOTM for Phil, 6 games @ 3rd Men’s & LOTM for Hazel for her 6 @ No 1.
Garstang B finally cemented the silverware this week when they hosted Mythop at the fort. They beat their closest rivals by a whopping 15-3 to stamp their authority on the division; winning it by 10 clear points. Lee Meakin & Diane Hoston won all of their 6 games in the No 1 slot to be the best players on the night.
Garstang B won the division and Mythop were the runners up.
Well, that’s it from me this season folks, I hope you have enjoyed playing in the Mid Lancs League again with the reports & live tables. Just a few i’s to dot & a couple T’s to cross & all the fixtures will be complete. As per normal, I will look forward to seeing some of you at the Dinner Dance on the 19th May at Wellington Park before we do it all again next season!