Report From Paul Eastham
In the last report of the year, the current leaders of division 1, MGS A completely blew open the title race this week with a 14-4 victory over David Lloyd. The win keeps MGS A at the top, 2 ahead of St. Andrews A as statistically the best player on the night was Tim Vickers, he won 5 games including an ‘egg’ (that’s to love) in the 2nd Men’s… I had never heard that before?
MGS B beat downtrodden Crusaders A 14-4 to climb 8 points above the red line. In the max point win, it was Tom Lowe & Lynn Hosegood who were the best pair on the evening; they won all their 6 games in the No 2 slot.
St. Andrews A beat Carlton A 11-7 to keep in 2nd place on the tables; Steve Taylor, Lizzie Balmforth & Ash Gibson won 5 games each to assist in the 3 point win. Next week Andy’s travel to Cross Feathers in a make or break match for both teams!
Meanwhile, Cross Feathers moved back into 3rd position on the table when they beat Hawks A 14-4. Rachael Graham and Terri-lee Holmes won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night & next week they host St. Andrews A…….Fab!
In division 2, Hawks B extended their lead at the top with a 16-2 drumming of St. Andrews B & it was Irv who was stat best.
MGS D took on Evergreens A this week & they were on the ropes from the off as they went 2-6 down after the levels. A split opening mixed set was followed by Richard Everett & Jacqui Gibson winning both games in the 6th set to pull the score back to 5-7. A split set in the 7th took the score to 6-8 before MGS went into overdrive & won the remaining 4 games to snatch a 10-8 victory from under the noses of their visitors. Richard was the MOTM on the night for his 6 match changing games!
Clayton Crusaders B lost heavily at home to Hawks C who elevate themselves up the table with the max point win. In the 2-16 win, Mo & Irv won 6 games & puts them 4 clear pts away from the drop zone but they have played 2 games more.
In Division 3, Clitheroe B beat MGS F 13-5 to keep in reach of a promotion spot with the 4 points gained. Bethan Smith won all of her 6 games to be crowned the LOTM on the evening in the No 3 spot, as MGS look over their shoulder of who is below.
The hillbilly’s kept in a solid 2nd place on the tables with a max point win at the fort over Clayton Crusaders C and in the 13-5 win, it was partners Daniel Nixon & Elaine Higginson who won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night.
Hawks D fell 1-17 to the leaders of the division, Carlton B; only Jean Egan & Jane Tighe winning the one game that stopped the total whitewash. Carlton stay 15 points in front as Jane Parkinson was statistically the best player on the night.
Evergreens B won a crucial home match this week when they hosted bottom team Hawks E. In the 13-5 max point win, Phil Barlow was the MOTM on the night to assist the team move a point below the red line with a game in hand over MGS F.
Leaders of division 4, St. Andrews C fell 8-10 this week to Garstang B. It was all to play for going into the mixed as the scores were tied at 4 all after the levels, but Garstang surged ahead by winning 4 games in a row to take a 4-8 lead before Graham Forrest & Gill Gornall won a pair in the 7th to claw it back to 6-8. Simon Tebbutt & Fran Hellier then went on to take both games in set 8 to 8 and a nail-biting 15 in setting to win the match for Garstang. Final score, 8-10 as Garstang surged into a healthy 4th position & left Andy’s looking over their shoulders as Penwortham & Mythop gained ground on them.
Project 12 had a cracking home win this week when they beat 2nd place Penwortham A 11-7. Jonathan Jackson was the MOTM for winning all of his 6 games and assisting in the team getting 3 priceless points at the foot of the table.
Crusaders D lost 7-11 to Mythop who take advantage of Penwortham losing and move into 2nd place on the tables. They lie just 2 points behind leaders, Andy’s with 2 matches in hand. Although it was a cracking win for Mythop, the score-line of 7-11 was not a true reflection of how tight this match was; all of the 7 games won for Clayton were split sets!
Whittle B battered their own A team, a staggering 17-1 to move above the relegation line by a point and put Project 12 in hot water despite their win. Jackie Harnby & Carol Heaton won the single game to stop the complete whitewash. Ant Houghton was statistically the best player on the night in the No 2 slot; meanwhile the A team are in very murky water at the foot.
In 5, Clayton E seemed to have lost their good form, they got beat 5-13 at home to Evergreens C. Margaret Whittam & Emily Milner won all their 6 games to be the best players as Clayton still cling onto the lead jointly, but have played 2 games more.
Preston College B had a tough match against Brindle but were 5-3 up after the levels and after a split opening mixed set, they went 8-4 in front after the 6th set. But a brave comeback saw Brindle win the next 4 games in a row to tie the match at 8 all going into the final set where Dave Dunk & Jan Harrison won both games for College to take the match 10-8; Dave won 5.
Penwortham B moved into 3rd place on the tables when they managed to beat Preston College A 12-6. It was all square after the levels when Pen took the Men’s & College took the Ladies before Mick & Hazel Bradshaw took both games in the opening mixed set. However, they were the last games the visitors took as Penwortham surged ahead to take all the remaining games to finish with the 12-6 win. Dave Jackson & Guy Wallace won all of their 6 games to be the best players. College go joint top.
Well, that’s it from me this year folks; have a very Merry Christmas & a fab new year! Cheers everyone!!!!