Report From Paul Eastham
In division 1 this week, Carlton A fell 3-15 to St. Andy’s A who keep at the top with the 4 point max win. Steve Taylor was awarded the MOTM due to him being carried……..err, I mean the best player on the night, winning all his of his 6 games. 🙂 Chris Foote & Michelle Skinner from Hawks A won the last 2 games of the match 15-11 & 15-13 to earn the bonus point when they lost 6-12 to Cross Feathers. Ste Andrews was the MOTM on the night for winning all of his 6 games. Clayton Crusaders A failed to get any points again this week with a 5-13 defeat by MGS B who leapfrog over them on the tables. Sam Moss & Nat Appleyard lost the final game of the match 14-17 which if won would have snatched the bonus point. David Lloyd lost their match 8-10 to MGS A this week due to a catalogue of injuries and motorway crashes that impacted on them conceding 5 games on the evening. The wild result certainly opens up the title chase somewhat as Jen Rigby won 4.
In division 2, St. Andrews B got thrashed 1-17 by the runaway leaders, Hawks B. Amit Patel & Jane Godsland winning the single game that stopped the whitewash; Lee Clayton was star player on the night, he won all of his 6 games to be MOTM. Hawks C climbed up the table this week with a 3 point win over Crusaders B. At 5-3 up after the levels, the hosts were on track to take the points, but Clayton squared the match in the opening mixed before a split set in the 6th. Then a massive onslaught by Hawks took place as they took all the remaining 6 games convincingly to take the match 12-6. MGS C beat their own E team with a 13-5 win that takes them into 2nd place on the tables and in the 4 point win it was Martin Hobin & Christina Atkinson who won all their 6 games to be the best players on the night. Evergreens A took 3 vital points at home in a 10-8 win over MGS D. Derek Hilton & Simone Binnes won that vital game in the final set to earn the team the win, but they still are below the red line on the table; Martin Hobin won 5 games for MGS.
In 3, Carlton B extended their lead at the top by beating Hawks D, 17-1. Anne Robinson & Jane Tighe winning the 1 game to stop the complete whitewash; Mick Cryer was statistically the best on the evening to help push the team to a 10 point lead. Hawks E remain on -1 on the tables as they failed to get any points again this week when they got beat 5-13 by visitors, Evergreens B. Phil Barlow & Colin Campbell won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night. MGS F lost 7-11 at home to Clitheroe B who climb into joint 2nd place on the tables. Louise Burrill won all her 6 games on the night to be LOTM, probably due to the large sugar intake from Phil Rhodes’ Caramel slices! Crusaders C grabbed the bonus point in the final set as Dylan Butcher & Laura Curtis took both games 3 & 5 when they hosted Garstang A. In the 7-11 win for the visitors, Alison Crosby was the LOTM for winning all her 6 games in the No 3 slot. At this early stage, this is a very interesting division, with Carlton running away with the title, Hawks E on -1 and then the remaining 6 teams all being separated by just 3 points from Clitheroe on 13 down to MGS on 10.
In division 4, Mythop failed to get any points this week when they were beat 5-13 at home by Clayton Crusaders D. Robert Langford & Esther Worthington won all their 6 games to be the best pair on the night. Simon Tubbutt & Ceri Smith-Jaynes from Garstang B won the final game of the match 15-13 to earn the bonus point when they hosted St. Andrews C. They were on the ropes from the onset, being 2-6 down after the levels & this was then followed by 3 split mixed sets before Graham Forrest & Jane Godsland from Andy’s took the match in the 8th set. Final score, 6-12. Penwortham A beat Project 12, 15-3 to remain sole leaders with the max 4 point win. Alan Turner, Caroline Coxen & Roger Swansbury all won their 6 games to help the team stay at the top. Next week they face Andy’s C in a massive crunch match! Whittle A fell 5-13 to their own B team to remain in the drop zone. Simon Wynn & Ant Houghton won all their 6 games to be the best pair on the night and assist their team to climb up the tables with the max point win over their A team.
In 5, Brindle won their first match of the season 11-7 when they hosted Preston College B; Miriam Charlesworth was LOTM for winning all her 6 game for the hosts and Dave Dunk won 5 of his 6 games to help College earn the bonus point. Preston College A fought hard this week against Penwortham B & the match went right down to the wire in the final set. At 6-2 up after the levels & then winning a pair in the opening mixed, the home side were breezing at 8-2. A split set in the 6th was followed by a brave comeback in sets 7 & 8 when Penwortham won all 4 games to take the score to 9-7 going into that final set. Fittingly, it was Mick & Hazel Bradshaw who won the required game to go over the winning line & then Dave Jackson & Luisa Maloney won the final game 15-17 to finish the match off at 10-8. Mick, Hazel & Dave all won 5 games each. Evergreens C clashed with Crusaders E this week in a upper table clash took place at Albany Academy and at the end of the levels, the hosts were 5-3 up. This was followed by 3 split sets before Will Logan & Linda Langford won both games in set 8 to square the match at 8 all. Ben Armitage & Rebecca Baxendale won the final games 8 & 13 for Clayton to snatch a nail-biting match 8-10. The result takes Crusaders into a 4 point lead at the top of the table as Ben won 5 games & Corinne Wagstaff also won 5 for Evergreens. It’s also a pleasure to hear that the losing team told me ‘excellent match with great sportsmanship shown throughout’ … Thanks Steven! A credit to Clayton Crusaders team; well done, Will, Linda, Ben, Rebecca, Abbas & Katie.