Mid Lancs Week J

Report From Paul Eastham

In my last report of 2018 &at the turnaround of the season Carton A got spanked by St. Andrews A 1-17 to go top of the table again for a few days. Ironically, the only time Carlton were ahead in the match was in the opening Men’s as Andy Wiseman & Lee Williams won the only game won for Carlton to stop the total whitewash. Karolyn Hustler was statistically the best player.

Hawks B got thrashed 0-18 by their own A team & shoot up the table with the 4 pts; The Stat best player was Michelle Skinner.

MGS C failed to get any points in the match against their own B team. Adrian Greenwood & Alex Mackie won all of their 6 games in the no 1 slot to be the best pair on the night with a final score of 5-13 that helps keeps the B team well out of danger.

Cross Feathers go into 2019 proudly sitting on top of the tree with a 12-6 win over MGS A. The home side had a 7-1 advantage going into the mixed and were on track to take all 4 points, but a late burst in the mixed including 3 tight mixed games won by Jared Matthew & Becky Ashton ensured that MGS robbed the bonus point. Ste Andrews won 5 to be the best player.

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Mid Lancs Week H

Report From Paul Eastham

In division 1 this week, Hawks A got beat 7-11 by David Lloyd who went temporarily top of the table early week by a point until CrossFeathers’ match last night. Sherya Kamath & Ruth Flatman took 5 games each to ensure the points went in the bag.

MGS B got beat by their own A team 6-12 and in the very last set it was Adrian Greenwood & Alex Mackie that won both games to help steal the bonus point from under the noses of their club mates. Jared Matthew & Rebecca Ashton won all of their 6.

St. Andrews A beat the bottom team MGS C 3-15 to stop in3rd place on the table. Liz Holt and new signing, Phil Livesey won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the night in the No 3 slot…. And next week they get to trash MGS B! J

Cross Feathers kept the lead at the top of the table when they beat Hawks B 15-3; Fay Andrews was statistically the best player on the night….but all three Ladies won there 6 games including Hayley Harrison &Rachael Graham. Next week, it’s the Biggy as all eyes are going to be on theDavid Lloyd Tennis Centre as the ex-Champions host the current champions, Cross Feathers and what a match that is gonna be….. and I just hope I won’t be disappointed!

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Mid Lancs Week G

Report From Paul Eastham

Division 1 started this week with Carlton losing 5-13 at home to Cross Feathers who now take sole spot at the top of the table with a 2 point cushion. At the beginning of the match, Carlton held their own, winning 3 of the levels games before being pounded in the mixed. In the final set with the score being at 4-12, Andy Wiseman & Cath Bagley won the 1st game 15-8 to give a glimmer of hope of salvaging a point out of the match, but Ste Andrews & Hayley Harrison took the final game of the match 10-15 to seal the maximum points. In the 5-13 win, it was Rach Graham who was statistically the best player on the night.

MGS A had a good win at home over Hawks B; they thrashed them 18-0 as Becky Ashton was statistically the best player.

Hawks A were breezing in their match against MGS B being 6-2 up after the levels including Andy Owen winning all of the 4 Men’s games. However in the mixed MGS started an assault on the hosts, they won 4 games in a row to claw the score back level and this was followed by a split 7th set before Adrian Greenwood & Alex Mackie took both in the 8th to take MGS up to an incredible 7-9 lead. In the nail-biting final set, Nick Hodgson & Beth Cowell held their nerve as they won both games 15-7 and 17-15 to help squeeze a draw out of the match. So, after a cracking start, Hawks were fortunate to earn a draw out of the match; Andy Owen was the best player on the night, winning 5 and ‘Top Gun’, Tom Lowe failed to show any his ‘own’ self-reputation by losing both of the final 2 games that would have brought the points back home to MGS.
MGS C had another nightmare week as the again got thrashed 0-18 by David Lloyd who move into 2nd place.

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Mid Lancs Week F

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Division 1 kicked off this week when Carlton A hosted MGS A, but unfortunately didn’t muster any points from the match as the hosts went home with all 4 in 4-14 victory. Jen Rigby & Rebecca Ashton won all of their 6 to help the team win maximum points.

Hawks B got beat 3-15 at home by the leaders of the division, St. Andrews A; Liz Holt was the POTM on the night for taking all 6.

MGS B got beat 5-13 at home by David Lloyd who stay in a very stable 3rd place on the table. Alan Clarkson & Jenny Salisbury won 6 games each to help the team get max points on the evening.

Cross Feathers didn’t mess around with visitors, MGS C… they thrashed them 18-0 to show them why they are the current Champions of the league. Hayley Harrison was statistically the best player on the night & they move joint top of the table.

In division 2, St. Andrews B got thrashed 1-17 at home by the leaders, Clitheroe A; only Amit Patel & Karolyn Hustler winning the 1 game in the opening mixed set stopped the complete whitewash. Clitheroe have taken max pts in all of their 5 matches to remain the only team in the league this season not to have dropped a single point. Jess Portas was stat the best player.

The hillbilly’s were at the fort this week as they hosted a five sided Evergreens A and they made the most of the situation by winning the match 13-5. Two split Men’s sets, Evergreen’s taking a pair in the only Ladies set played & in the mixed Garstang powered their way through the remaining sets to lift themselves off the bottom of the table at the expense of their opponents.

MGS D took on Clayton Crusaders B in a match that saw them take all 4 points, but only just! After being 6-2 up after the levels, the mixed started with 3 sets being split before winning the last 4 games in a row including a final game score of 17-14 to Matt Seddon & Cheryl Parry who won all of their 6 games to help win the maximum 4 points & put the team in a healthy 4th place.

Clayton A took advantage of St Andy’s loss and move up into joint 2nd place with them when they beat Hawks C 12-6. In the match, there were 2 best players who won all of their 6 games and they were Azam Sharif & Neil Addison-Jones.

In 3, Mythop A hosted Clayton D and I got another ‘Spooktacular’ off Pauline again this week… “The Mythop baker flew back on her broomstick from Mont Orqueil Castle this Halloween week to try & cast a spell on Clayton Crusaders D. Fiendish Fancies & Skull Bites were needed to boost the “Coffin” Break after Mythop quickly ghosted 7/1 up in the level doubles.   Jade Thornhill & Chris Cochrane of CC winning the first ladies game after a Zombie start by Mythop. CC served up their own trick or treat in game 7 to split the mixed with their ghoulish brew! Young Ben Taylor for CC playing in his debut season showed plenty of spirit but was held spellbound by the spooky bats of Mythop’s Jason Lydon & Chris Porter who were the best phantoms on the night” winning all of their 6 games. Final score 16/2 to Mythop. 

Bugs & Hisses!  Pauline.

Clitheroe B took all 4 points as MGS E couldn’t raise a team and had to concede the match. (£10 fine & a point deduction)

Hawks D kept in joint pole position with a 13-5 home win over St. Andrews C. After a shaky start, losing the opening Men’s set, the hosts won the rest of the games to be 6-2 up going into the mixed. An opening split mixed set, Hawks won the next 4 games to go 11-3 ahead and win the game before Fergus & Julie Munro won a pair to give Andy’s a glimmer of hope of a bonus point. But in the final set, Ian Hayhurst & Maxine Watson wrapped up the match and the maximum points with a 5 & 4 win. Jane Tighe was the POTM on the night as she won all of her 6 games in the No 3 Ladies spot.

Crusaders C won their 2nd match of the season when they beat Hawks E 11-7 to clay themselves away from the dreaded drop zone. Scott Wilkinson (who won 4 games in setting) & Katy Dutton both won 5 games each to assist in the 3 point win.

Evergreens B won their match this week 11-7 over opponents, Garstang B. The handy 3 points leapfrogs them over their rivals into 4th place on the tables as next week Evergreens host the joint leaders, Clitheroe & Garstang play joint leaders Hawks D.

In division 4, Brindle got beat 3-15 at home by visitors Mythop B as Mark Green & Julie Bennett won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the evening and help the team move into 3rd place with the 4 point max win.

St.  Andrews D had a tight match with Whittle this week as they found themselves all square with their opponents after the level doubles. A split opening mixed set to keep the scores even was followed by Simon Wynn & Jackie Harnby winning a pair in the 6th to take Whittle 5-7 ahead. Phil Newsome & Emma Ryding bolted into action to win both in set 7 to even the score again, but in the 8th, Gary Richardson & Karen Butler won both to take Whittle 7-9 ahead again & on the verge of victory. In the final nail-biting set, Seb Curry & Jane Godsland won both games to 14 & 7 to earn a draw for St. Andrews as Jane won 5 games to be the best home player & Gary won 5 of his games to be the best player on the night for Whittle & help them move into joint 2nd.

Project 12 hosted Penwortham B and thrashed them 16-2 to surge up the table with the 4 point win, only Dave Jackson & Lois Moleny stopping the total whitewash with winning the 2 games for Penwortham. J Wright & S Coultas won all of their 6 games.

On Halloween night, some spooky going’s on took place at All Hallows when a ghastly Penwortham A took on a ghoulish Preston College in a ‘Batington’ match! The Ladies from both teams decided to dress up in costumes for mischievous night…. but the Gents decided to be themselves… which was scarier???? After lots of ‘batting’ around, the hosts run out 17-1 winners with Mick & Hazel Bradshaw winning the one game to stop the total whitewash. Penwortham remain at the top of the table, 4 points clear with a match in hand as Laura Heaton was statistically the best player on the spooktacular evening.


Mid Lancs Week E

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In Division 1 this week, MGS A had a close shave with Hawks A and soon found themselves on the ropes being 3-5 down after the levels. A split opening mixed was followed by Andy Owen & Jenny Mx taking a pair to take Hawks 4-8 up; but in the 7th, Tim Vickers & Katie Dixon-Turner won a pair to claw the score back to 6-8. The 8th was split and in the final set Jared Matthew & Becky Ashton won both games 15-6 & a nail-biting 17-14 to save MGS’ blushes & draw the match 9 all. Becky & Andy won 5.

The bottom of the table clashed this week when both promotees, Hawks B & MGS C met at Clayton & someone had to win… or did they? The visitors found themselves 5-3 up after the doubles, but Dan Porter & Amanda Hodkinson won both in the opening mixed set to square the match for MGS. This was followed by Hawks ploughing on the pressure by winning 4 games in a row to take the score onto 9-5 & on the brink of a win with 4 games to play; but MGS fought back hard and held their neve to take all of those remaining 4 games to salvage a draw from the fixture. Dan Porter was the POTM on the night for taking all of his 6.

St. Andrews A, hungry for their 1st title for over 9 years hosted last year’s Champs, Cross Feathers. It wasn’t the kind of top of the table clash I was expecting as the visitors crushed Andy’s a massive 2-16 to go joint top of the table with them, but have a match in hand. Fay Andrews was statistically the best player on the night with the max point win. Where was Captain Steve Taylor on the evening?………. he was rekindling his youth hood from 10 years ago when he was an A level student, visiting Betws-y-Coed in Wales on a biology trip, but now as a teacher as his team was getting battered!

David Lloyd appeared to made light work of Carlton A as the score was 14-4, but a little footnote from Alan Clarkson attached to the card, said that it was a good match & quite a handy team, with the final score not doing them any justice & a good spirited match. Alan, Joanna Holt & Ruth Flatman won all their 6 games to help thrust David Lloyd into a challenging 3rd place

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Mid Lancs Week D

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This week’s report comes from my sun lounger on the ‘usual’ sunny coast of mainland Spain, the Costa Del Sol where violent thunderstorms took place on Tue night & torrential rain took place on the island of Majorca where several people were killed in the flooding that took place. I am pleased to say that normal ???? has now now resumed and from here the view is fab!!

I have just heard that the handbooks are now ready for collection & will get them out to you ASAP when I’m back.

Division 1 started this week when Hawks A hosted Carlton A. The hosts went 5-3 up in the levels after some setting games and Andy Owen & Michelle Skinner won the opening mixed set to build a 7-3 lead. In the 6th, Rob Courtney & Elaine Danson won both to take Hawks to a draw score, 9-3. Nick Hodgson & Jenny Mx won a pair in the 7th to take Hawks home & dry before Carlton won the remaining 4 games to steal the bonus pt in the final 11-7 score line. Nick Hodgson was the POTM for his 6.

The ‘old school’ met this week at the Parish church Hall when St. Andrews A hosted MGS A, but it didn’t turn out to be an old school score though, as the ex champs from years gone by beat them 14-4 to sit proudly at the top of the table on 15 points & not lost a match…. Yet! Liz Holt was the POTM on the evening, she was the only one to have taken all of her 6 games.

David Lloyd took no mercy when they thrashed Hawks B 16-2 to surge up the table; Clarkey was stat best on the night.

Cross Feathers hosted MGS B and went 6-2 up after the levels due to the men’s being split & the home side winning all the ladies games. A split opening mixed was followed by MGS taking both games in the 6th to pull the score back to 7-5 & on the brink of the visitors taking something home on the night. However, Cross Feathers went into overdrive & took the remaining 6 games to win the match 13-5 & deny MGS of any points. Fay Andrews was the POTM on the evening for winning all of her 6 games and help the team surge up the table into 2nd place, knocking MGS off their perch.

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