St Andrews E v Whittle C

Team: Richard Graham Harry Lily Janet Hannah P
Result: Draw 9-9
Its getting tight at the top of Div 6. Whittle C did us a favour last
week by beating Hawks and helping to spread the points out. However
Penwortham crept up on us to be joint top after a 4 point win . A good result aginst Whittle C was therefore vital to stay in the hunt. We could not field  our usual team due to exam commitments and illness so Janet Dalton stepped into the breach for Charlotte S and Hannah P stood in as a very late replacement for Hannah B. Richard and Harry got us off to a good start but Whittle were too strong for us in the rest of the levels so 6-2 down was not the start we wanted.  Richard and Lily pulled two back but Graham and Janet were well beaten so that was 8-4. All looked lost and perhaps a getting a point was the best we could hope for. However Harry and Hannah got their first game in the next event and then Graham and Janet won their first game at the same time as H & H won their second. Unbelievably, a win looked possible but this must have got to G & J as they promptly lost their second game. However a draw was still there for the taking if Richard and Lily could hold their nerve which they duly did. Five star man of the match was Richard who, not for the first time this season, was outstanding in winning all his 6 games ably assisted by his new partner for this match, Lily, who picked up 4. A big thank you to Hannah and particulary Janet who stepped in despite being short of match (or any other) practice. The Rubies live to fight another day- expect a good scrap at Penwortham next Wednesday!

Phillips Cup : St Andrews E (-40) v Whittle B (-50) – 12th January 2012

Team : Stuart, Hannah B, Richard, Charlotte S, Graham, Lily.
Result: Lost by 38 points  149 – 187.
Stuart stepped in for Harry, and with Hannah managed to get high point scores in 3 of their games, including a win and a spectacular comeback in one. Graham and Lily also had 3 strong games with 2 wins. Richard and Charlotte contributed most points on the night with 6 strong games but it wasn’t enough (despite glucose supplies from Lily and the legendary Whittle tea & bickies) for the hosts to take a victory by 38 points. Well done to Charlotte for lasting until quarter to midnight and overall a great team performance against a seasoned division 5 side and all played in good spirits!

(Note: Next match against Evergreens on Thurs 19th Jan is postponed.)

St Andrews E v Whittle D – 7th December

Team: Charlotte S, Lily, Hannah B, Richard, Graham, Harry.
Result: Won 15-3

It was back to the usual “rubies” team away to Whittle this week, making a strong start through to a 7-1 lead after the levels, with Graham and Harry dropping a close second game in event 3. Things then got even better with the arrival of tea and chocky biscuits before a few tougher games for all 3 mixed couples, with 2 going to setting. Harry and Hannah fought well to secure their second game in event 6 whilst Graham and Lily cruised through the final 2 games to a 15-3 victory. Great effort and games tallies for the whole team with Charlotte and Richard getting the full 6. Nice to get all 4 points to finish the year but our close rivals will be “champing at the bit” in 2012 !!

St Andrews E v Clayton Crusaders C

Team: Jane, Anne, Hannah B, Richard, Graham, Alex.
Result: Won 16-2

After losing a close opening game, we quickly got into our stride to take the next 11 games with a mixture of convincing victories and a few close games. Despite dropping a close game in event 7 and then Richard and Jane falling asleep temporarily in event 8 we still took all the remaining games with Graham and Anne cruising us to maximum points for the third time this season! Special thanks to Anne, Jane and Alex for filling the ranks this week – sweets were freely offered as rewards for being on best behaviour! A great 1st match in ages for Alex taking 5 games and top marks for Hannah and Jane who won all their 6 games.

St. Andrews “E” v Hawks “G” – 31st October

Team: Charlotte S, Lily, Hannah B, Richard, Graham, Harry.
Result: Won 10-8

Despite a week off, the “rubies” fought a nail-biting away match against the only undefeated side in the division to steal a satisfying victory. Very close games early on for Harry and Hannah set the scene for the night and after the levels the hosts were 5-3 up with Graham and Lily frustrated not to take both their games. Our third pair (H & H) stormed through with confidence in event 6 to level the scores 6 all. Hawks responded strongly to edge 8-6 up before Charlotte and Richard made hard work of leveling the scores once again at 8-8. Under pressure and with a chance to redeem themselves, Graham and Lily didn’t disappoint, delivering a cool 15-13 win before really “getting in the groove” with a triumphant match winning 15-4 final game. Heaps of effort all round – got to keep the pressure on now!

St Andrews E v Whittle C – 12th October

Team: Charlotte S, Lily, Hannah B, Richard, Graham, Harry.
Result: Lost 6-12

Two weeks on from a resounding victory against the “D” team, the “ruby team” met the more experienced Whittle “C” at their place. After a first game win for Harry, the opposition then went into a commanding 6-2 lead after the levels. Richard and Charlotte fought to get all 4 of their games but copious consumption of chocolate biscuits, tea, crisps and a wide selection of sweets by “the rubies” couldn’t prevent Whittle getting into their stride towards the 12-6 victory. The home team took 6 of the last 8 games despite great efforts by Lily, Hannah and Graham to make them work for 4 close games.