In my final report of the season, Division 1 kicked off with MGS A whitewashing bottom team Clayton A 18-0, with Becky Ashton being statistically the best player on the night to help the team move into 2nd place due to Andy’s A not playing.
Hawks A beat MGS B 11-7 as Jenny Mx won 5 games to be the best player on the evening.
David Lloyd as expected beat Clitheroe A 17-1, only Alison Leaver & Jess Portas stopping the complete whitewash.
Cross Feathers kept firmly in charge at the top with a 16-2 victory over Carlton A; Hayley Harrison was statistically the best.
The result makes Cross Feathers favourites to lift the shield for the very first time and who knows on the runners up???? Crusaders A are relegated and Clitheroe A are likely to join them in the drop into division 2.
In division 2, Clayton Crusaders B took on Evergreens A in a rearranged match & only just managed to win the bonus pt with a 6-12 loss and on the back of this defeat the hosts were relegated into division 3 nest season. Lynette Tidy was the LOTM on the night for Evergreens; she won all her 6 games to ensure the match was won & keep the team in a respectable 3rd place.
Hawks C shared the points on the evening with MGS D in a 9 all draw at home. After 2 split opening levels sets MGS surged ahead by winning the next 4 games to go 2-6 in front at the end of set 4. The next 4 mixed games were won by Hawks to square the match at 6 all before a split 7th set which was followed by Jason Loffman & Jackie Atherton winning a pair in the 8th to take Hawks into a 9-7 lead. In the final set, Martin Hobin & Alison P Truman won the remaining 2 games to help MGS share the points on the night and they were also the best pair on the evening winning 5 games each to help earn the draw.
MGS C beat St Andrews B 16-2 to become runners up of div 2, only Graham Forrest & Janette Norris stopped the clean sheet.
Crusaders B got beat 4-14 at home by the new Champions of the division, Hawks B. Debbie Taylor was the LOTM on the night for taking her 6 games, but its worth mentioning that Will Logan played up from the E team & won 3 of the 4 games taken!
Hawks B are the Champs and MGS C are runners up. Crusaders B are relegated.
In Division 3, Clitheroe B managed to take all 4 points in their final match of the season when they beat Crusaders C, 13-5.
MGS F lost 4-14 to the runaway Champs, Carlton B and have managed to avoid the drop despite not picking up any points.
Evergreens B lost 7-11 at home to Hawks D to be officially relegated next year; Graham Robinson won 5 games to be best.
The winners are Carlton B & runners up are Garstang. Hawks E & Evergreens B get the chop into division 4 next year.
In 4, Mythop beat Project 12 10-8 in a classic battle at Lytham and rather than me commentate on the match, im gonna copy and paste a mini match report from Pauline, Mythop’s captain. Another epic match last night on Div 4. Battle of the sexes with Project winning all the men’s levels & Mythop winning all the ladies. Colin Chisholm still not 100% fit & Project took full advantage. Mark Green still learning the game but did well to take all his mixed to double figures but it was down to Chris Porter again to pull Mythop over the line. This match did not reflect the team’s positions in the league which has turned out to be very close over the season with multiple teams of a similar standard. Thanks Pauline Mythop BC
The result takes Mythop to top of the table with Andrews but have 2 matches remaining and despite Pauline saying that Chris pulled Mythop over the winning line, my stats say that Linda Settle was the LOTM on the evening for taking all of her 6.
In St. Andrews C last match of the season, they managed to beat Penwortham 12-6, but Alan Turner & Caroline Coxon stole the bonus point in the final set when they won one of the games 15-17. Anne Ashworth & Jane Godsland won 5 each to be the best players on the night, but despite the win, it looks like they may miss out on silverware this year!
Garstang B thrashed Whittle A 17-1, only Simon Hardacre & Joan Smalley winning the single game to stop the total whitewash. The 4 point win keeps Garstang in 3rd place, 3 behind joint leaders St. Andy’s & Mythop and need 4 more points from their remaining 2 matches to gain promotion next season. Jen Tsang was stat the best player on the night.
Crusaders D beat Whittle B 15-3 to stay in a solid 4th spot; Carl Charlesworth, Chris Cochrane & Laura Curtis all won their 6.
Mythop will prob be Champs; runners up..Hmm, Andy’s/Garstang? Whittle A (B) & Project 12 will be relegated.
In 5, Preston College A beat Crusaders E 11-7 to remain in 2nd place on the tables and look like at this stage they could snatch the winners shield from Penwortham, but they have to a 2 good wins with at least 1 max pt win; Sarah Kay won 5 games.
Leaders of the division, Penwortham B had a tight match with Preston College B this week & were on the ropes from the onset as they were 2-6 down after the levels; only recovering in the final Ladies set. A split opening mixed set was followed by Dave Jackson & Luisa Malaney winning a pair in the 6th set to claw the score back to 5-7. Keith Gray & Jane Anthony won both games in set 7 to take College on the brink of winning the match at 5-9, but a fierce comeback by Penwortham in the final 2 sets ensured that the match was NOT over! Dave & Luisa won both in set 8 and then in the final set, Ian Phillips & Cathryn Jackson won the final pair of games to pull off a remarkable draw from the dead! A fabulous match from a commentators point of view, but I can imagine with silverware to play for it, it would have been a very nerve racking match!
St. Andrews D got beat 6-12 at home by Brindle who remain in a solid 3rd place on the tables.
Preston College A are the favourites to be Champs & Penwortham the runners up.
Well, apart from a few little loose ends, that’s another season over. Thanks for all your support over the season with prompt cards to allow me to produce reports and tables very quickly. It’s been a different kind of season with the new format of 1 and a half seasons that’s gone down very well with more fixtures for everyone and ultra-low rearrangements all year.
I hope to see some of you at the Presentation evening on the 18th May….. Otherwise have a cracking summer (if it arrives!)