St Andrews E v Whittle D – 13th March 2014

Team: Jane, Anne, Zoe, Alex, Ben, Richard
Result: Won 14-4

Our final match of the season saw early setting in the first mens’, steady performance in the ladies’ and splitting event 3 for Ben & Alex leaving us a solid 7-1 up after the levels. Whittle were determined to improve on their score last time round and fought back to split events 6, 7 and 8 before Zoe & Richard took the last 2 games (& the full 6 games apiece) to make it 14-4 and the full 4 points. This secures our runners up spot in division 5 and a great overall season led by our super-fab captain Jane. Thanks also to our other players not in this match’s line up ie Graham, Seb, Chris, Laura, Helen R and Karen P (sorry if missed anyone!).

St Andrews E v Garstang B Lost 11-7

Team:  Chris, Graham, Alex, Zoe, Anne, Jane
Well we finally got our comeuppance – our first loss at home.
We salvaged a point thanks again  to a very strong performance by the ladies’  with  comfortable wins in their levels. Jane again was outstanding, picking up her other two games with Alex and so ending up being involved in 6 of the 7 games we won. Definitely lady of the match this week! Graham and Anne picked up the other game.
Looking closely at the table and their results it is evident that the Garstang are a stronger team than their mid table position implies. If they had been able to fulfill all their fixtures they would surely have been contending for the Number 2 spot. We have a chance to get our revenge next week at the  away fixture having learnt a few things about the opposition, I hope. Good luck team, that’s my contribution for this season over, I’m going away  at last, but I’ll be watching!

St Andrews E V Preston College B Result Won 12-6

A solid win against our nearest rivals for 2nd spot but a couple of close men’s games which went the wrong way cost us a point.

A 100% performance yet again by our ladies saw us into a 5-3 lead after the levels and fantastic comeback by Chris and Zoe in the No 1 pairs kept our noses in front. Good wins by Graham & Anne and Ben & Jane then took us over the winning line. A strong performance by College’s No 1 pair salvaged a point but Chris and Zoe finished the night off with a comfortable win to get us the 12 games.

This was a good team performance but Chris, playing at No 1 in his first match in the League, was my player of the night (despite Jane’s 6 -again!)  -welcome to the squad.

Graham

St Andrews E v Clayton Crusaders C – 30th Jan 2014

Team: Jane, Anne, Zoe, Alex, Ben, Richard
Result: Lost 11-7

A tough match as expected against the dominant team in division 5. An encouraging start saw our ladies win all their levels this time round plus a close fight for Ben and Alex to leave it level pegging after event 4. Our number 1 mixed pair then took both games (and the lead) fairly comfortably before Crusaders fought back to take the next 6 games (including a close 15-11 against Ben & Anne) to seal victory. The final event was split 15-11 each way but points were already decided and we came away with 1 more than last time! Top scorer (again!) was Zoe with 5 (again!) closely followed by Jane with 4 (more than last time!) Next week – Preston College at “ours” !!

St Andrews “E” v Whittle “C” – 23rd Jan 2014

Team: Anne, Zoe, Laura, Graham, Ben, Richard
Result: Won 11-7

Another win for the “E” team away at Whittle and whilst we didn’t manage the full 4 points for the return match, the opposition were definitely fielding a stronger team this time. We agreed to play slightly out of order starting with Graham and Anne splitting the first event but by the end of the levels we were leading 7-3. Zoe and Richard extended the lead and it was Ben and Laura who took our 10th game to secure a victory. Whittle were still fighting for points though and stole the next 3 games before we split the last event, finishing at quarter to midnight! Thanks to Ben for trecking all over Lancashire to help us and also a special guest appearance from Laura who shared top scoring (5) with Richard & Zoe. Next Thursday – it’s league leaders at home !!!

Brindle v St Andrews E 25 Nov

Lost 10-8 – Team: Alex Graham Ben Karen Anne Zoe

Un désastre! (Excuse my French).

Due to the absence of Jane and Richard the team was switched about with Ben and Zoe at No3 and Alex and Karen at No 1. Easy wins in the Ladies was spoilt by poor starts in both Men’s. We dropped the first games but we came back strongly in both second games. 6-2 up and looking good…. but unfortunately mostly downhill from there on. A match that we had a reasonable expectations of winning, was lost in the last few points of the last two games, Graham and Anne going down 15-13 and 17-14. (The chocolate didn’t work this week. Bring back the Haribos!).

The games won, were won convincingly but we lost out in the five close games. Lack of consistency was probably our downfall but congratulations to Brindle on a well-fought victory. Roll on Friday to drown our sorrows.

Graham