Report From Paul Eastham
This week in Division 1, Clitheroe A had a tough match against Hawks A in a scrabble for some points. At 3-5 down after the levels, Hawks surged ahead in the mixed to snuff out any hopes of the host’s chances of any points at all. Final score ended up at 5-13 as Hawks took the max points back home with them; Chris Hoyle & Chris Chu both won all of their 6 games.
St. Andrews A thrashed MGS B 17-1, only Rob Metcalfe & Alex Mackie winning the 1 game to setting stopped the complete whitewash. Karolyn Hustler was statistically the best player on the night as Andy’s move up into 3rd place with the 4 points.
David Lloyd’s match was off due to Clayton Crusaders A conceding & have a 1 pt deduction with a £10 fine imposed on them.
In division 2, St. Andrews B had a fine 11-7 win over Hawks C this week to keep them in a good mid-table position. Janette Norris and Jason Loffman from both teams both won 5 games each to be the best players on the evening.
Hawks B beat MGS D 14-4 to remain in the top slot as Mo Suleman & Lee Clayton won all their 6 to be the best players.
MGS C had a fine 14-4 win over Evergreens A to do their promotion ambitions a reality as there is a massive 16 point gap between the 2 teams now. Andy Finch & Richard Everett won all their 6 games to be the best players on the evening.
In Division 3, Carlton B thrashed Hawks E, 17-1 to be the first team to guarantee promotion next season; only Marian Bamber & Kelly Anderson stopping the complete whitewash by winning the 1 game. Dave Boon was stat the best player on the night.
Hawks D lost an epic home battle when they hosted 2nd place team Garstang A. Everything was all square after the levels and then the opening mixed set was won by Daniel Nixon & Elaine Higginson before Graham & Anne Robinson evened the score back up again by winning set 6. Garstang then won the next 4 games in a row to take the match in a final score of 8-10. Daniel was also the MOTM on the evening as he took all of his 6 in the No 1 slot & made the difference to ensure the win.
MGS F had a thrilling home tie this week against Clayton Crusaders C. Two split opening levels games was followed by a set each to end the levels all even. Dylan Butcher & Laura Curtis took Clayton ahead in the opening mixed set before Dave Bird & Pat Jackson squared the match again in the 6th by winning a pair. Clayton went ahead again when Victor Chow & Katy Dutton won the 7th and again MGS stuck back in the 8th when Dave & Pat won both games to 13 & 11 to set up an 8 all classic. Rees Parry & Lorna Hopper won the opening game 15-7 to take MGS ahead, but Victor & Katy fought back to win the final game of the match 11-15 for Clayton to share the points on the night. So, in the 9 all draw, it was Dave Bird who was crowned the MOTM for winning all of his 6 games & help the team get 2 valuable relegation points & claw themselves above the red line.
Evergreens B had a tough home tie against Clitheroe B & the match started with 2 split level sets then a pair each to go into the mixed all square. Darryl Houghton Smith & Sheila Perry won the opening mixed set & then the remaining 4 mixed sets were all split inc the final game which was conceded by Evergreens due to Lee Wigham getting injured… again!! Final score was 8-10 as Evergreens sunk below the dreaded red line and Clitheroe move into 3rd place on the tables.
In Division 4, Garstang B had a crunch match with Penwortham A and at 6-2 up after the levels the home side thought they were breezing. A split opening mixed set was followed by Alan Benningfield & Cathryn Jackson winning a pair to claw the match score back to 7-5. Dave Plunckett & Jen Tsang won a pair in the 7th for Garstang to take them to within a whisper of taking the match, but Penwortham won all of the remaining 4 games to salvage a well-earned draw including a crucial, nail-biting final game of 14-17 in which Alan Turner & Caroline Coxon won. Garstang move into 2nd place with the 2 points.
Crusaders D took on 3rd place team St. Andrews C in a close match at Wellfield. At 5-3 up after the levels, Andy’s won 4 mixed in a row to go 5-7 up before Clayton won the next 4 to go 9-7 ahead. A split final set saw Clayton take the 3 pts in a blow for Andy’s promotion campaign. Best on the night; Richard Langford, he won 5 games to push his team 4 away from the red line.
Whittle A lost 4-14 to leaders Mythop who have had back to back wins to go 4 pts clear; Chris, Mark & Colin all won their 6.
Whittle B moved 4 pts clear from the red line when they won a crunch relegation match over rivals Project 12, 10-8. All square going into the mixed when Whittle won 4 mixed to go 8-4 ahead. The visitors won the 7th set before the remaining sets were split to give Whittle the vital 3 points. Sarah Coultas won 5 games, but her team sink into murky waters!
In Division 5, Brindle came from behind to pull off a cracking draw at home when they hosted Preston College A. At 3-5 down after the levels, Mick & Hazel Bradshaw piled more pressure on Brindle by winning a pair in the open mixed set for College. This was followed by a split set in the 6th set before Roger Johnson & Miriam Charlesworth won both games 13 & 15 to take the score to 6-8. Set 8 was split (7-9) and then Les Halton & Amanda Berry won the final pair of games to help pull off a marvellous draw. The 2 points keeps College A in 2nd position on the table & Brindle remain within that pack of potential challengers. Roger, Hazel and Sarah Kay all won 5 games each to be the best players in a thrilling match.
Preston College B moved into the chasing pack with an 11-7 win over 3rd placed team Clayton Crusaders E. College won all of the Ladies games, while Clayton took all the Men’s before College went 6-4 up after Dave Dunk & Jan Harrison won the opening mixed set. A split mixed was followed by Neil Duke & Helen Jones winning the 7th set to take College 9-5 up. Will Logan & Dawn Harrison won a pair in the 8th to claw it back to 9-7, but Dave & Jan wrapped the match up in the final set by winning both games to seal the 11-7 win. Jan also won all of her 6 to take home the LOTM award on the evening.
St. Andrews D lost 8-10 in a close match at home to Evergreens C; Corinne Wagstaff picked up the LOTM for all her 6 games.
In a rearranged match, Penwortham B took on Preston College B and won all 4 points in a 15-3 win to take them to the top of the table with a 3 point cushion over College A. Dave Jackson, Luisa Malaney & Dot Luby all won 6 games each. Paul.