This week in Division 1, the ‘old school’ met again in a crucial clash at Wellfield. The match, as expected, was ever so tight and it started with 3 split levels sets before Andy’s took a pair in the Ladies 4th set to go 3-5 ahead. A split opening mixed set was followed by Rick Wallbank & Jen Rigby winning a pair in the 6th set to even the score at 6 all. Steve Taylor & Liz Holt immediately stuck back winning a pair in the 7th to take the score to 6-8. The final 2 sets were split including a score of 16-17 to Steve & Liz in the final set to give St. Andrews the victory & 3 points in the bag in this vital title chasing match. The result takes Andy’s into 2nd place, keeps MGS in 4th as the best player on the night was Liz, she won 5 games to help Andy’s victory.
Hawks A had a right old battle against Carlton A this week & at 4 all after the levels it was game on! The opening mixed set was split before Chris Foote & Michelle Skinner won both games in set 6 to go 7-5 in front. Sets 7 & 8 were split to take the score to 9-7 to leave a thrilling finale in which Dave Wiseman & Jane Parkinson won both games for Carlton 15-17 & 10-15 to earn a draw for the visitors. Dave also won 5 games to be the best player & make the difference to help grab the draw.
MGS B got beat 6-12 at home by leaders of the division, Cross Feathers, however, the home team won the vital bonus point in the 8th set to help their relegation worries. Mike Johnson won all of his 6 to be the MOTM & keep the team in the top slot.
Crusaders A clashed with Clitheroe A in a bottom of the table scrabble for pts. Crusaders won all the Men’s & a single Ladies game to go 5-3 ahead going into the mixed & Clayton struck hard in the opening sets winning 5 games in a row to win the match. The 1st ever win in division 1 must have gone to their head, as they then lost the remaining 5 games of the match to make a final score of 10-8. Best on the night was Azam Sharif, he won 5 games to help assist in the 1st ever historic win!
In division 2, Hawks C are still battling for points at the wrong end of the table & this week they faced MGS C who are in 2nd place on the tables & challenging for the title. At 2-6 down after the levels, Hawks were on the ropes and didn’t really gain any ground in the mixed as they halved the mixed games for MGS be 7-11 winners on the night. However, Mo Suleman & Beth Cowell won both games in the final set to earn a crucial bonus point for Hawks that may make a difference at the day of reckoning. Matty Timms was the MOTM on the evening; he won all of his 6 to help go 3 pts behind the leaders, Hawks B.
MGS D took all 4 points off bottom team Clayton Crusaders B to ensure they stay well clear of the drop zone. In the 14-4 victory, Richard Everett was the MOTM on the night for taking all of his 6 games in the ‘8 pointer’ match.
Evergreens A had a cracking 10-8 home win over St. Andrews B who they leapfrog over on the tables with the 3 pts earned. At 6-2 up, Evergreens were breezing after the levels & continued in the mixed with a split opening set followed by a pair in the 6th set to take the score to 9-3. But a brave comeback in the later mixed sets saw Andy’s claw the score back, but is was all in vain as Evergreens went over the winning line when Darren Clayton & Lynette Tidy took the required game in set 8 to wrap the proceeding up. Darren was also the best player on the evening; he won 5 of his 6, as did Sarah Gradwell for Andy’s.
In Division 3, Clitheroe B won a crucial home match over their closest rivals, Hawks D to assist them in a glimmer of hope of snatching a promotion spot. Scores were even after the levels, but Clitheroe went into overdrive in the mixed to run out 12-6 winners on the evening. Darreyl Houghton-Smith was the MOTM for taking all his 6 games & keep the team in 3rd place.
The Hillbilly’s hosted Evergreens B at the fort this week & literally clubbed a win out of their visitors; Lee Wigham got injured again!! Final score was 14-4 to make promotion look very promising indeed. Amit Mistry won 5 games to be the best player.
Clayton C fell 3-15 at home to leaders of the division, Carlton B. Heather Johnson was LOTM for all her 6 games on the night.
In 4, St. Andrews C moved back into 2nd place on the tables with a 16-2 victory over a five sided Whittle B. Amit Patel was the MOTM on the evening for winning all of his 6 games in the No 1 slot.
Project 12 delved deeper into trouble this week when they failed to pick up any points against Clayton Crusaders D. At 2-6 down after the levels, Clayton piled on the pressure on, winning the next 6 games in a row to romp over the winning line & eventually take the match, 5-13. Richard Langford was the MOTM on the night for picking up all of his 6 games.
Penwortham A won 13-5 over bottom team, Whittle A to move in a very threatening joint 3rd place on the tables. In the 4 point win, it was Glen Harrison & Alan Benningfield who won 5 games each who were the best players on the night.
In 5, Clayton Crusaders E fought hard this week when they hosted the leaders of the division, Penwortham B. The hosts won all of the Men’s and the visitors took all of the Ladies to go into the mixed all square. The opening mixed was split before Ben Armitage &Rebecca Baxendale won a pair in the 6th to go 7-5 up. Dave Jackson & Luisa Malaney won both games for Pen in set 7 to even the match score again. Ben & Rebecca took both in the 8th to go back in front at 9-7 before Dave & Luisa won the final 2 games of the match to earn a draw. The 2 pts keep Penwortham 2 clear at the top & Clayton remain in 3rd place on the tables and Luisa was LOTM for taking all of her 6 games. Clayton’s team captain, Dawn Harrison added this footnote attached to the card….. ‘ Special thanks must to go to Penwortham for their patience & understanding, after we had some issues getting into our venue at the start, and we had to wait in chilly cars for the school caretaker to turn up! But they remained good humoured despite the delay, and we had an enjoyable match. They are always a pleasure to play against!’
Preston College A beat St. Andrews D to remain in 2nd place on the tables. In the 12-6 win, Mick & Hazel Bradshaw won 5 games each to be the best pair on the night, however Matt Barton & Emma Riding stole the bonus point in the final set.
Tables can be seen on fixtureslive……………………………………………………..Paul.