St Andrews “E” v Clayton Crusaders “D” – 7th Non 2013

Team: Jane, Anne, Zoe, Seb, Graham, Richard
Result: Won 13-5

A league debut for Seb saw him snatch a close first game with Richard and then a more comfortable second game 15-6 with Graham. The ladies took all 4 of their levels including a nailbiting 17-14 for Anne and Jane in event 4 putting the score at 6-2. The young Clayton team grabbed a game back in event 5 but Jane and Seb then took a strong 15-3 win. Their next game was a much harder fight but they took it 17-16 to secure a draw and give a triumphant captain Jane the full 6!! Games swung the other way for Graham and Anne against the toughest pair putting the score at 9-5 games with 4 still to play. The next 3 were easy wins but Anne and Graham had to work hard to take the final game 15-12 and the full 4 points for the team! Great effort with Zoe taking 5 games and an impressive 4 games for Seb’s first match! The night was rounded off with a cats chorus of “Happy Birthday Graham”.  Next Wednesday it’s away to Whittle at 7:15pm.

St Andrews “E” v Preston College “B” – 21st Oct 2013

Team: Jane, Anne, Zoe, Alex, Graham, Richard
Result: Draw 9-9

Our first “nail-biter” of the season was away at Preston College. The men struggled at the start but commanding performances from the ladies left us 5-3 up at the end of the levels. Zoe and Richard opened the mixed with a 17-16 defeat and uncharacteristically lost both games to level the score at 5-5. Alex and Jane dropped a game but powered back 15-2 to level the score again at 6-6. Graham and Anne also rallied hard in their second game in event 7, taking us to 7-7. Zoe and Richard then redeemed themselves,  grabbing the lead back to 9-7 but Preston College’s number 1 pair were too strong in the final event and they pulled back the draw. Top scorer was Jane with 5, closely followed by Zoe on 4.

St Andrews “E” v Clayton Crusaders “C” – 17th Oct 2013

Team: Jane, Anne, Zoe, Alex, Graham, Richard
Result: Lost 5-13 (sob!)

It was “down to earth with a bump” away to a strong Crusaders C team this week! A close opening game (as usual) for Richard and Alex but not in our favour this time. Jane and Zoe made up for this by taking their games convincingly but by the end of the levels we were 2-6 down. A solid win for us in the number 1 pairings put the score to 4-6 and a chance of some points. The remaining 8 games saw 2 close ones and we were a bit unlucky to only take 1 of these. Top scorer was Zoe with an impressive 5 but bags of effort all round (ie very sweaty in the pub!) against a really tough side. Special mention for Charlotte – our warm up act and cheerleader! Next Monday – away to Preston College at 7pm. KEEP THE FAITH !!

St Andrews “E” v Whittle “D” – 10th Oct 2013

Team: Jane, Anne, Zoe, Alex, Graham, Richard
Result: Won 18-0

Another impressive 18-0 victory sets us up well for the rest of the season but it hides some close games. Alex and Richard had their usual “wakey wakey” first game before settling into the match. Zoe, Anne and Jane performed solidly again but the prize for maximum points played and gritty effort must go to Graham. All four mixed games with Anne were close and both games with Alex went to setting. Alex still found time to do a bit of fire-fighting (for real!) out in the car park followed by the fire service arriving on the scene, presumably to confirm the truth about Graham’s first “6” for a while! It must have gone to his head as Graham kindly got the first round in after an eventful night! Serious heads on next Thursday at 7:30pm for a much tougher match at Clayton Green against our main rivals Crusaders “C” – key one to win !!

St Andrews “E” v Clayton Crusaders “C” – 3rd Oct 2013

Team: Helen R, Anne, Zoe, Alex, Graham, Richard.
Result: Won 18-0
It was away to Crusaders this week against a (mostly) young and inexperienced side. Unfortunately they were also missing their 3rd lady so whilst we gained 6 games, Helen and Anne only got to play 2 games. It was a fairly straightforward run to the line with a couple of “wobbles” in 2 of the mens’ games before taking a convincing 18-0 victory and the full 4 points !

St Andrews “E” v Brindle – 26th Sept 2013

Team: Zoe, Anne, Jane, Alex, Graham, Richard.
Result: Won 14-4
Alex and Richard saved a slightly “flaky” first game with setting before taking control and with strong performances from the ladies we were 6-2 up after the levels. As in the previous week, the mixed events saw some close battles with Graham and Anne setting twice but fighting hard to steal both close games. Solid overall games tallies from Jane and Anne but after scoffing half a bag of Haribo, Zoe was on fire to improve on last week and take her first(?) 6 so far. Well deserved 14 games and max points again but trickier matches are looming!