Report From Paul Eastham
This week in Division 1, MGS A faced their old school rivals, St Andrews A at home… and it turned out just like old times with the hosts being beaten 6-12 and Andy’s going to the top of the table. Ashley Gibson was crowned with the MOTM award for the 2nd week on the trot for winning all of his 6 games in the No 2 slot. However, I think it might come all crashing down next week when David Lloyd visit the Leyland team for an early title clash & I would love St. Andrews to make me eat my words!
Hawks A found themselves 3-5 down after the levels when they battled against Carlton A. The opening mixed was split before an onslaught by the hosts in the remaining sets… they took 7 of the 8 games to take the match 11-7, leaving Carlton bamboozled! Andy Owen was the best player on the night, he won 5 crucial games to help turn the match around.
MGS B match against Cross Feathers….. NO CARD!!! Therefore a £10 fine winging its way to MGS as per rule 25.
Crusaders A had a tight match this week with the team they were promoted with last season, Clitheroe A. It was all square after the levels and then Sam Moss & Natalie Appleyard took a pair in the opening mixed set before Keith Ashton & Allison Leaver tied the match again by winning both games in set 6. The 7th set was split and then Pete Wright & Julie Bates won both game in the 8th to put Clitheroe 7-9 ahead. Sam & Natalie then went on for the final set and won both games 6 & 4 to earn a draw for Clayton. Sam won all his for his team & Allison won 6 for Clitheroe to be the best players on the evening.
In div 2, MGS E got beat 2-16 by Hawks B to stay in a strong 3rd place on the tables. Anthony Forrest & Caz Grimbaldeston won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the evening. Next week they face MGS C in an early crunch match!
Hawks C lost their home match to the current leaders, MGS C. In the 4-14 max point win for the visitors, Dan Porter & Matt Timms were the best players on the evening, they picked up all of their 6 games.
MGS D went 2-6 down in the levels when they hosted Clayton Crusaders B. They recovered slightly in the mixed, winning the first 3 games, but Clayton struck back by winning…. the next 3 games to keep the gap at 4 & a score line of 5-9. Richard Everett & Jacqui Gibson won a pair in the 8th to sniff a draw out, but Dylan Butcher & Laura Curtis soon quashed that dream as they won the final pair of games to 8 & 11. Final score 7-11 & Laura was awarded the LOTM for taking all of her 6 games.
In Division 3, Clitheroe B won the opening set against Hawks D, but lost the remaining levels games against visitors Hawks D to be 2-6 down. In the mixed the opening set was split and the remaining 4 sets were shared for the score to run out at 7-11. Beth Cowell was the best on the night for Hawks, she won 5 of her 6 games in the No 1 slot; as did Darryl Smith for Clitheroe.
Hawks E who currently are at the foot on -1 point, lost 4-14 to MGS F who pick up their 1st win of the season in this division.
Clayton Crusaders C got beat 1-17 at home by Carlton B who now sit at the top of the division by a clear 3 points; only Dylan Butcher & Scott Wilkinson stopping the complete whitewash by winning the single game won by Clayton. In the maximum point win, it was Simon Bruford was statistically the best player on the night in the No 2 slot.
In 4, St. Andrews C beat a five sided Whittle B 12-6 to remain on top of the table and it was Ant Houghton who won 5 of the 6 games won for Whittle to be the best player on the night.
Project 12 failed to gain any points at home this week when they lost 5-13 at home at the mercy of Clayton D. They were on the ropes at 2-6 down after the levels and then only managed to win 3 of the 10 mixed games on offer as Hawks went back home with all 4 points in the bag. Richard Langford was the MOTM for winning his 6 games in the No 3 slot.
Penwortham A picked up their 1st win of the season when they beat Whittle A 15-3. In the max point win, the star on the evening was Alan Benningfield, he won all of his 6 games in the No 3 slot & was awarded the MOTM.
In 5, Crusaders E match with Penwortham B was all square after the levels, but in the mixed, the hosts took charge and won 7 of the 10 mixed games to stay firmly in charge at the top of the table. In the 11-7 win, Ben Armitage was the MOTM for his 6.
Preston College A found themselves 3-5 down after levels when they hosted St. Andrews D. Mick & Hazel Bradshaw squared the match in the opening mixed followed by a split 6th set, but the 7th & 8th set was taken by Andrews to take them over the winning line & Mick & Hazel took the last set to make the final score 8-10. Hazel won all her 6 to be the LOTM on the night.
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