Report From Paul Eastham
In 1, MGS A beat Hawks A 16-2 to maintain 2nd position; Jared & Becky were once again the best pair on the night. (6 games).
MGS B gained their 1st points of the season when they hosted Clitheroe A. The match was always gonna be tight given both teams are hunting points at the bottom of the table and after the levels, the score was all square at 4 all as MGS took all the men’s & Clitheroe took the ladies. Rob Metcalfe & Lynn Hosegood won a pair in the opening mixed & then the 6th set was split before Damian Cooke & Julie Bates won a pair in the 7th for Clitheroe to tie the match again. In the 8th set, Adrian Greenwood & Alex MacKie won both games to take the score into 9-7 and then Rob & Lynn won the required game in the final set to help earn MGS the 3 points on the night. Rob, Adrian & Alison Leaver all won 5 games each. Captain Tom Lowe (who wasn’t playing due to a broken wrist) assured me they would have gained max points if he was playing this week! Well Tom, your fellow team mates (and me) want to wish that your sex life has a speedy recovery soon!
St. Andrews A showed newbies, Crusaders A why they won the division a record 20 times when they pasted them 17-1; commentators jinx got to Ashley Gibson who hits the headlines this week for being the chump who let the team down for a whitewash… he was on for a hat trick of MOTM awards; but was the one who lost the single game.. same old Ash, bottled it!
Cross Feathers played a blinder at home to the current Champs of the division, David Lloyd & at 1-5 down after the 3rd set, things were certainly looking bleak for the hosts. Emily Miller & Terry Lee Holmes pulled it back to 3-5 by winning both games in the 4th to 8 &16! Then the opening mixed set was split before David Lloyd conceded both games in set 6 due to Mark Tuttle picking up an injury, making the score even at 6 all. The final 3 sets were all nail-bitingly split to make the final score 9 all..!!!
Fair result on the night and I do wonder if that injury made the difference; no overall best player, but Mark did win all his 4.