Report From Paul Eastham
Cross Feathers thrashed MGS B last week to go joint top of division 1 with Andy’s. Fay Andrews was stat the best in the 18-0 win & this week they took on MGS A & went 3-5 up after the levels. Matt Tolman & Rach Graham won the opening mixed set & this was followed by a split set in the 6th for a 4-8 score-line. Oli Hives & Emily Broadbent won a pair in the 7th, 8 & 15 to pull it back to 6-8, but the Matt & Rach took both in the following set to wrap up the win. Final score was 7-11 & Rach won all 6 for POTM. Hawks A fell 4-14 at home to St Andrews A who return to the top of the division with the 4 point win. Liz Holt was the MVP. MGS B took on fellow relegation strugglers Carlton A, so it was all to play for and it was the visitors who shot into a 1-7 lead including Tim Vickers taking all of his 4 Men’s games. Dave Wiseman & Cath Bagley built on that lead by winning a pair in the opening mixed set for a 1-9 lead before MGS took the next 5 games in a row for a mini comeback. But in the end it was all in vain, as the final score ran out at 7-11 to open up a 2 pt gap between the teams at the foot. Dave & Cath won 5 games each. David Lloyd had a rearranged match with MGS A & after the levels, the score was even at 4 all. Jared Matthew & Becky Ashton took MGS into a 4-6 lead before Alan Clarkson & Joanna Holt squared the match once again at 6 all. Sets 7 & 8 were split to line up an 8 all classic in which Oli Hives & Jen Rigby won for an 8-10 MGS victory. Jared & Alan won 5 each to be the best players.
In division 2, St. Andrews B had a scrap with their rivals at the foot of the table against Carlton B and after some tight levels games the score stood all square going into the mixed. Paul Baker & Janette Norris took the opening mixed set and then Matt Green & Karolyn Hustler won both in set 6 to take Andy’s into an 8-4 lead. Paul Smith & Jane Parkinson won both games in set 7, 13-15 & 14-17 to pull the score back to 8-6 before a split set in the 8th to leave the match in a fine balance. Paul & Janette wrapped up the match with both games in the final set for an 11-7 win to pull them off the bottom of the table by 2 points. Hawks C got thrashed 1-17 by leaders of the division, Clitheroe A who now move 7 points clear at the top. MGS D got thrashed 2-16 at home by Hawks B who now move into 2nd place on the table with the 4 point max win. Luke Bennet & Jenny Brookfield won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night.
In division 3, bottom team, Mythop A & the leaders, Evergreens A met at Lytham and no guesses for the score, but the visitors took all 4 points back home in a 0-18 whitewash despite it being the host’s longest match of the season. ? Clitheroe B had a tight match this week against opponents Clayton Crusaders B and with the match evenly poised at 4 all after the levels where the hosts won all the Ladies & the visitors took all the Men’s games. Into the mixed and Pete Wright & Louise Burrill took Clitheroe 6-4 ahead with a pair and then Stu Davey & Gill Fourie built on that lead to take both games 15-11 & 17-15 to go into an 8-4 lead. Then Clayton put their foot down & Victor Chow & Katy Dutton won both games in set 7, 10-15 & 16-17 and then Dylan Butcher& Laura Curtis won their games to 9 & 10 to level the match at 8 all. In the final nail-biting set, Pete & Louise won the 1st game 17-16 and then had to concede the final game against Victor & Katy as they ran out of hall time. So, a little anti-climax for that final set as the score ran out at 9 all. Louise was the MVP on the night, she won 5 games. The Hillbilly’s went into lockdown again at the fort and sent their visitors, Hawks D back down the M6 with nil pointys. With the 14-4 max pt win, Garstang A move into 3rd place, leapfrogging over Hawks & the MVP on the night was Amit Mistry for 6 games.
In division 4, Hawks E had a battle on their hands when they faced St. Andrews C this week at Clayton as they went 3-5 down in the levels when Colin Marney took all of his 4 Men’s games. Andy’s then built on this lead when Graham Forest & Jane Godsland took the opening mixed set and this was followed by a split 6th. In the 7th Ross Coulthard & Hannah Stewart won a pair for Hawks to pull it back to 6-8, but Andy’s went into overdrive and took the remaining 4 games for a final score of 6-12. Graham took his 6 games to be the POTM on the night and help open up a 10 point gap from the dreaded drop zone. Project 12 failed to get any points at home when they hosted Penwortham A and the host were on the ropes from the onset, as they didn’t win a single game in the levels sets. They managed to win the opening mixed set when Jon Jackson & Kat Platt won both games, but it was an uphill struggle from there and Penwortham went on to take the match and all 4 points back home with them in a 5-13 win. Rory Parkinson & Johanna Huber were the best on the evening; they picked up all of their 6 at 3rd spot. Evergreens B moved to 2 points behind the leaders Clayton Crusaders C when they beat their 5 sided D team, who are rooted at the foot of the division, by 15 games to 3. Phil Barlow won all his 6 games to be the POTM on the night.
In division 5, St. Andrews D won their match at home to Brindle this week to keep the momentum going and stopped in 2nd place with an 11-7 win. Mel Grove won all her 6 games to be the POTM on the night & Steve Hudson won 5 of the 7 for Brindle. A five sided Whittle got beat 4-14 by Preston College who shoot up the table with the max 4 pts; Hazel Bradshaw won 5 games. Penwortham B retained the wooden spoon position at the foot of the table when they got beat 7-11 by Evergreens C who keep in a solid 3rd place with the 3 pts. The hosts were on the ropes at the end of the levels as Karen Kenyon won all her 4 Ladies to assist in a 1-7 lead. Penwortham then pulled their socks up in the mixed as Ian Phillips & Dot Luby won both in set 5 and then Dave Jackson & Johanna Huber won both theirs in set 6 to claw the score back to 5-7. In the 7th set, Steve Drinkwater & Pauline Charnock took both games to take Evergreens on the brink with a score of 5-9, but then in the 8th set Dave & Johanna gave Pen some hope when they took the score to 7-9 when they won both games. However, in the final set, Steve and Pauline won both games to 9 to set up the final score of 7-11 and the pair of them were the best players on the evening, taking 6 games each.
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