Mid Lancs Week J

This week in Division 1, Carlton A only just managed to scrape the bonus point in the final set when Dave Wiseman & Caroline Andrew won both games to make a final score of 6-12 when they hosted Hawks A. Chris Foote won all of his 6 games to be the best player on the evening and take back home the MOTM award.

Clitheroe A clocked up their 1st division 1 win of the season when they beat Clayton Crusaders A at home, 11-7. The 3 point win takes them out of the drop zone on game diff as Julie Bates and Jess Portas won 5 games each to be the best players.

The ‘old school’ met again this week when St. Andrews hosted MGS A at the Parish church hall and after the opening 2 sets were split the hosts went in front in the remaining 2 levels sets when they won all 4 games making the score line 6-2. The opening mixed set was split before Tim Vickers & Jen Rigby won a pair in the 6th to claw the score back to 7-5. Joe Steele & Lizzie Balmforth then won a pair in the 7th set to put Andy’s 9-5 ahead and on the verge of a win, but in the 8th Jared Matthew & Rebecca Ashton had other ideas; they won both games for MGS 14 & 5 to set up a nail-biting final set. Steve Taylor & Liz Holt held their nerve in opening game, winning to 8, but lost to 11 in the final game to set up a final score of 10-8. The 3 point win keeps Andy’s in the top slot by 3 pts as Joe & Lizzie were the star players on the night winning 5 games each.

Meanwhile Cross Feathers had a 12-6 win over MGS B to put them back into joint 2nd place on the table with MGS A. Fay Andrews was the LOTM on the night for her 6 games and MGS stay below the red line on game diff despite the vital point.

In division 2, St. Andrews B lost 6-12 at home to Evergreens A and had to give the visitors 4 games due to Amit Patel getting injured. The 3 pts was very handy for Evergreens; they move 6 pts away from the dreaded red line and it was Darren Clayton who was the best player on the night, he won all of his 6 games in the No 2 slot to be the MOTM.

MGS C won 12-6 at home to Hawks C to remain in a commanding 2nd place on the tables, however they missed out on the bonus point which would have put them 4 points behind the leaders, Hawks B. However the 1 point was a crucial one for Hawks C, they still lie just above the dreaded red line on game diff. Dan Porter was the MOTM on the night for his 6 games.

Clayton Crusaders B who are bottom of the division took on the team above them (on points only), MGS D and found themselves 3-5 down after the levels. They then went into further trouble when Martin Hobin & Alison P Truman won both games in the opening mixed set before winning 4 games in a row to pull the score back all square at 7 all.  Martin & Alison won another pair in set 8 to put MGS 7-9 ahead again, but in the final set, Dylan Butcher & Ali Peacock won the final 2 games to pull off a draw & share the points. Alison was the LOTM for her 6 games & 3 teams lie on 10 pts at the foot of the table.

In Division 3, Carlton B romped home with a 15-3 win over Clayton Crusaders C. Another max point win keeps them 12 points clear of 2nd place team, Garstang A. Dave Boon, Andrea Phillips & Paul Smith all won 6 games on the night.

Hawks D lost 7-11 at home to Clitheroe B who move into 3rd place on the tables with the 3 point win.

MGS F had their 2nd win of the season against the only side that they have beaten this year, Hawks E who were on the -1 at the foot of the table. The final score was 12-6 as Hawks managed to snatch the bonus pt & it was none other than veterans, Dave Sherrington & Marian Bamber who won the 6th game in the 8th set to help lift the team up from -1 to the start of the season position… Zero! A special mention goes to super sub, Sarah Jameson who got a call at 7pm to stand in for Captain Lorna Hopper who had Flu & she managed to win 5 of her 6 games to be the best player on the night and helped the team to move above the dreaded red line; maybe she should stand in more often in the future or Lorna have the Flu again! J

Evergreens B drop into murky waters this week with a 2-16 defeat by Garstang A who remain in 2nd with the 4 pt max win.

In Division 4, Garstang B were beaten 5-13 at home this week by Mythop who maintain a very healthy 3rd place on the tables with the max point win. The LOTM on the night was Pauline Weafer, she won all of her 6 games in the No 3 Ladies slot.

Whittle A lost 6-12 at home to 2nd place team, Penwortham A. However, Gary Richardson & Val Marsden won a crucial game in the final set to snatch the bonus point from Penwortham who now cling on to 2nd place by just a single point.

Crusaders D kept the pressure on the teams above them by taking max points in a 16-2 win over Project 12 who now slip to the bottom of the table. Richard Langford & Jade Thornhill won all of their 6 games in the No 3 slot and helped keep the team in a promotion threatening 4th place, 7 pts behind the leaders of the division with matches in hand; it’s gonna be tight!

A five sided Whittle B managed squeeze the bonus point out of leaders of the division, St. Andrews C. In the 6-12 defeat & despite being on the losing team, Gary Richardson was the best player on the evening; he won 5 to help get the vital point.


In Division 5, Brindle moved into 3rd place on the table with a 14-4 max point win over Evergreens C.  Amanda Berry, Linda Kozera, Nick Fish and Catherine Dobson won 5 games on the night to be the best players.

St. Andrews D lost 5-13 to Preston College A who keep in a very threatening 2nd place on the tables with the 4 point max win. The usual suspects, Mick & Hazel Bradshaw won all of their 6 games to do the most damage on the evening.

Penwortham B lost 8-10 at home to Clayton Crusaders E who move back to the top of the table with the 3 point win. At 4 all after the levels Ma Jetmond & Dawn Harrison won a pair in the opening mixed set to go 4-6 ahead before Dave Jackson & Louisa Malaney stuck back in the 6th, winning both to square the match again at 6 all. Clayton then took the next 4 games in a row to go through the winning line, as the MOTM was announced as Ma for taking all of his 6 games in the No 1 slot.