Report from Paul Eastham
This week in Division 1, Clitheroe felt the wrath of the leaders, Cross Feathers; they fell 2-16 at home as the sand of time starts draining away on their hopes of stopping up. Matt Tolman was the best player winning 5 of his 6 ‘played’ games.
MGS B got beat by their own A team 3-15 to remain in a precarious position above the red line, however the 4 point max win for the A team catapulted them into 3rd place on the tables. Jared Matthew & Rebecca Ashton won all their 6 to be the best.
Second place team, St. Andrews A had a cracking 12-6 win over an injury struggling David Lloyd. The much welcomed 3 points keeps Andy’s hopes alive of once again lifting the division 1 shield as they are 3 points adrift from Cross Feathers & they play David Lloyd next week. Liz Holt & Lizzie Balmforth won 5 games to be the best players on the evening. With around 6 games to go in this division & all the top teams due to play each other, it really is an open race & a fight to lift that giant shield!!!
In division 2, St. Andrews B had an 11-7 win over bottom club Clayton Crusaders B, who’s sand of time is beginning to run out for a recovery to avoid the drop. Matt Green & Sarah Gradwell won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the evening.
Leaders of the division, Hawks B beat 2nd placed team, MGS C 11-7 to gain promotion back to division 1 and open up a 5 point gap between the 2 teams with a match in hand. Caz Grimbaldeston was the LOTM on the evening, she won all of her 6 games to ensure the teams win and quite fittingly help gain promotion back where the team belongs!
Evergreens A remained in 3rd with a fine 11-7 win over Hawks C who are not yet clear of the red line below them.
In Division 3, Carlton B thrashed Evergreens B 18-0 to be the very first team to lift a divisional shield. The team has bounced back from being relegated last season and I would like congratulate them on their achievement this season. However, for their opponents, the curtain has started to close faster on their division 3 status. Heather Johnson was statistically the best.
The hillbilly’s had a fine 14-4 win at the fort this week over their closest promotion rivals, Clitheroe B. The 4 point max win ensures that the team gets promoted alongside Carlton B and wraps up the proceedings at the top of the table. They also have regained division 2 status after being relegated last year and I would also would like to congratulate the team for bouncing back. The best pair on the night was Daniel Nixon & Elaine Higginson; they won all of their 6 in the No 1 slot.
Hawks D had a tough home match when they faced MGS F who are struggling at the wrong end of the table. At the end of the levels, Hawks were 5-3 in front, but a pair in the opening mixed set won by Andy Finch & Cheryl Parry evened the scores up at 5 all. A split 6th set was followed by Jinesh Mistry & Jane Tighe winning both in set 7 to go 8-6 up. Andy & Cheryl won a pair in the 8th to set up an 8 all classic in which Ian Hayhurst & Jean Egan won to give a final score of 10-8 to Hawks. Jane was the LOTM on the night, she won all of her 6 games to assist in the 3 point win & Andy won all of his 6 for MGS, but they remain just above the red line and next week they face Evergreens B in an ‘8’ pointer that will settle who is for the drop!
In 4, Project 12 sank even deeper relegation trouble when the lost 5-13 to St. Andrews C who at the other end of the table welcomed the 4 point max win. Jane Godsland & Anne Ashworth won all of their 6 to be the best players on the night as Andy’s took advantage of the fixture below where the other teams at the top were battling it out & went back up to joint 1st.
Penwortham A had a tough fight this week with promotion rivals, Mythop. At 4 all after the levels, Chris Porter & Linda Settle took Mythop 4-6 ahead before a nail biting 6th set when Alan Turner & Caroline Coxen won both games 17-16 & 17-15 to square the match again at 6 all. A split 7th set was followed by Chris & Linda taking another pair in the 8th over Alan & Caroline to go 7-9 ahead. The 9th & final set was split where Mike West & Elizabeth Davis won the required game to win the match for Mythop, 8-10. Linda was the LOTM on the evening for taking all of her 6 games to ensure that the win went in the bag. The result keeps Mythop at the top of the table with Andy’s C, but have 2 matches in hand over them and just guess which match is up next week? Yep, Andy’s host Mythop in a crucial crunch match that will no doubt turn out to be a title match!
Whittle A got thrashed 1-17 by Clayton Crusaders D, only Val Marsden & Jackie Harnby winning the one game to stop the total whitewash. Whittle at present look like they will drop as Clayton move well away from the danger zone with the 4 max points and matches in hand. Esther Worthington was statistically the best player on the evening in the No 2 slot.
Whittle B managed to squeeze the bonus point out of Garstang B this week when they met at St. Johns hall. After being 3-12 down, Whittle won the remaining 3 games for a final score of 6-12 gain a vital point to pull them 4 away from the red line. Garstang remain in 3rd place as Jen Tsang took home the LOTM award for winning all of her 6 on the night.
In 5, Brindle had a tough match with the leaders of the division, Penwortham B. Two split opening levels sets and a pair each in set 3 & 4 made the score all square going into the mixed sets. Guy Wallace & Cathryn Jackson took both games in the opening mixed set to go 4-6 up before Les Halton & Linda Kozera evened the match again with a pair in the 6th. After that, Penwortham went into overdrive and polished off the remaining 6 games to win the match 6-12 to retain pole position on the tables. Luisa Malaney was once again the LOTM on the evening for winning all of her 6 games.
Evergreens C had a tight match with opponents Preston College A. After the levels where Evergreens won the Men’s & College won the Ladies the score was even at 4 all. A split opening set was unfortunately followed by Jeremy Andrew conceding both games in the 6th set due to injury to take Evergreens 7-5 ahead. The 7th was tightly split before Mick & Hazel Bradshaw taking a pair in the 8th for College to set up an 8 all classic in which Steve Dudley & Karen Kenyon won both games to win the match 10-8 for Evergreens. College remain in 2nd place on the table & still remain on track for promotion.
Full tables can be seen online at fixtureslive. Paul.