Report From Paul Eastham
In Division 1, Carlton A defeated bottom team Clayton Crusaders A to put themselves 5 points clear of the drop zone. In the 11-7 win, Caroline Andrew was the LOTM on the night for her 6 games & Sam Ames won 5 for Clayton.
MGS A went back to the top of the table this week with a 16-2 victory over their own B team. Jared Matthew, Becky Ashton and John Davenport all won their 6 games to be the best players on the night.
David Lloyd opened up the title race again when they beat the only team not to have lost a match this season, St. Andrews A. The big guns of David Lloyd blasted Andy’s into the middle of next week with a crushing 18-0 whitewash to go just 2 points behind the current leaders, with a match in hand and still are the firm favourites to lift the shield again.
Meanwhile, Cross Feathers whitewashed Clitheroe A 18-0 to go joint top of the table with MGS A. As I keep saying, this year has been fab so far when it comes to a ‘open’ race & look forward to the final push in matches which will no doubt be ever so interesting to report on & next week David Lloyd host Cross Feathers! Absolutely eye watering stuff & I can’t wait!
In division 2, Hawks C lost 8-10 in a tight match at home to Evergreens A. After 3 opening level sets that were split, Evergreens got the breakthrough in the 2nd Ladies when Lynette Tidy & Sharon Mulholland won a pair to go 3-5 ahead. A split opening mixed set was followed by Mo Suleman & Beth Cowell winning both games to 12 & setting 15 to square the match at 6 all. The 7th set was once again shared and in the 8th, Derek Hilton & Simone Binnes won both games to take Evergreens back in the lead at 7-9 & set up a nail-biting finale. In the final set, Irv Grimbaldeston & Gail Monk won the 1st game 15-6 to take the score to 8-9 & threaten a draw, but Phil Barlow & Lynette held their nerve to win the final game 13-15 to snatch the 3 points. Evergreens now move into a very healthy 3rd place on the tables, but Hawks lie in danger at the foot, just a point adrift of the dreaded red line & not a good way for Mo Suleman to spend his 60th Birthday! I believe the cake was good tho!!
MGS C in 2nd spot on the tables took on leaders, Hawks B at home & what a close match it turned out to be! After 2 split opening level sets, Hawks moved into a 2-6 lead when they won the next 4 games, before MGS fought back hard & won the opening 2 mixed sets to square the match at 6 all. The 7th was then split before Jason Loffman & Caz Grimbaldeston won 2 nail-biting games in the 8th for Hawks to take a 7-9 lead. In the final set, Dan Porter & Danya Lewis-Baron held their nerve and won the final 2 games to earn a draw for MGS. The shared points keeps the difference between the 2 teams the same (5 pts) & MGS are in 2nd by 8 over 3rd place Evergreens; Dan & Danya were the stars on the evening, winning 5 games each for MGS.
In division 3, Clitheroe B found themselves on the ropes at the beginning of their match at home to Garstang A; they went 2-6 down in the levels and this was followed by Daniel Nixon & Elaine Higginson winning a pair in the opening mixed set to take the Hillbilly’s 2-8 ahead. A split in the 6th took the score to 3-9 before Michael Boothman &Louise Burrill gave Clitheroe a glimmer of hope by winning both games in set 7 to go to 5-9. However, Daniel & Elaine won the required game in the 8th set to take Garstang over the winning line before Clitheroe won the remaining 3 games to produce a final score of 8-10. The 3 pts keep Garstang in a solid 2nd place over Clitheroe who are in 3rd as Daniel, Elaine & Stuart Smerdon all won 5 games each.
Hawks E still prop up the division when they had a 3-15 home defeat by Clayton Crusaders C, who remain in 4th spot.
MGS F lost 6-12 at home to mid table team, Hawks D. The vital bonus point keeps MGS 3 pts above the drop zone, but have played a match more than the team below them, Evergreens B. Graham Robinson was the MOTM for his 6 games.
Evergreens B lost 3-15 to the leaders of the division, Carlton B. Jane Parkinson was the LOTM on the night, she won all her 6 games to help the team stay 13 pts clear as Evergreens now realise they have a fight on their hand to stop the drop!
In Division 4, Mythop leapfrogged over opponents, Penwortham A with an 11-7 home win which moves them into 2nd place on the tables. Chris Porter was the MOTM for winning all his 6 games & help the team go 6 pts behind with 2 games in hand.
St. Andrews C kept on track at the top of the table with an 11-7 win over Project 12. Richard Andrew, Jane Godsland & Gill Gornall won 5 games each to be the best players as the visitors still remain in deep trouble in the drop zone.
Garstang B moved 8 points clear of the drop zone with a 12-6 win over the team below them, Whittle B. The best player on the night in this one, was Jennifer Tsang, she won all her 6 at 3rd Ladies to take home the LOTM award.
In Division 5, Preston College A went back to the top of the table on game difference when they beat Evergreens C… only just tho! The home side were flying at 6-2 up after the levels and built on this in the opening mixed with a pair from Mick Bradshaw & Carol Raby to go 8-2 ahead. Peter Livesey & Corinne Wagstaff then pulled a pair back in the 6th before a split set in the 7th to make the score 9-5. Steve Drinkwater & Pauline Charnock won both games in set 8 for Evergreens to claw the score back to 9-7 to set up a nail-biting final set. Steve Dudley & Margaret Whitham won that opening mixed to 9 and be on the brink of pulling off a marvellous draw, but Mick & Carol stopped that dream by winning the final game 15-7 to take the match, 10-8. The best players on the evening were Mick, Carol and Sarah Kay who all won 5 games each.
Penwortham B had a 12-6 win over Brindle to move onto the same points as their opponents in joint 3rd place on the tables; it would have been sole 3rd place but Nick Fish & Linda Kozera from Brindle won the final game of the match to 8 to snatch the bonus point. Penwortham are 8 pts behind the joint leaders of the division as Louisa Malaney took her 6 to be LOTM.
St. Andrews D remain at the bottom of the table when they got beat 4-14 by Preston College B who shoot into mid-table with the max point win; Dave Dunk, Jan Harrison, Neil Duke & Helen Jones all won their 6 games to help take max pts on the night.