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 I

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Division 1 kicked off this week when Carlton A hosted Hawks B and beat them 15-3 to surge up the table with the 4 point max win. Andy Wiseman & Natalie Appleyard won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night and assist in the win.

Hawks A beat poor ol’ MGS C 18-0 to rack up another whitewash; 5 in all this season! L Andy Owen was stat the best player.

MGS B were beat 4-14 at home by St. Andrews A, who ahead of the big clash below went to the top of the table for an evening. Steve Taylor, Nicki McGrath, Joe Steele & Lizzie Balmforth all won their 6 games to ease a good win out of MGS B.

The one that we have been waiting for… an early title crunching match; David Lloyd v Cross Feathers. The host won all of the Men’s as Mat Timms won all his 4 and Cross Feathers won all the Ladies & Fay Andrews won all her 4 to set up the mixed sets. The opening mixed set was split before Alan Clarkson & Ashlea Chester took David Lloyd 7-5 ahead with a pair in the 6th set. Then in the 7th, Paul Maguire & Terri-Lee Holmes won both games for Cross feather to even the match up at 7 all. Then the final 2 sets were nail-bitingly split to set up a draw and both teams shared the points on the night. Clarky won 5 for David Lloyd to stay in 3rd place & Terri-Lee won 5 for Cross Feathers to help keep them on top of the table by 2 points over St. Andrews A.

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Mid Lancs Week H

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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

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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 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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