Mid Lancs Week R – Final Report of the Season

Report From Paul Eastham

In the final week of scheduled fixtures and in my final report of the season, more or less all promotion & relegation spots have now been filled, there are just a couple of loose ends to tie up via means of rearrangements in the next few weeks.

So, this week in division 1, Cross Feathers were crowned Champions when they beat David Lloyd 12-6 to make it 2 successive seasons as winners and my congratulations go to them. Rach Graham won all of her 6 to be the POTM on the night.

Hawks B fell 4-14 at home to Carlton A to be relegated back into division 2 after just one season. Andy Davis & Sian Meakin won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the night.

St. Andrews A beat MGS B 15-3 to become runners up this year and they did have their chance to topple Cross Feathers during this season, but it was not meant to be! They finish 3 points behind the new Champions.

MGS C also return to division 2 with a 2-16 home defeat to Hawks A.

The teams in division 1 also created a record this season; not a single match was cancelled or rearranged..!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Mid Lancs Week Q

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In division 1 MGS A beat their own B team 16-2 and it was Dan Porter & Jen Rigby won all of their 6 games to be the best pair.

Hawks B got beat 2-16 by Cross Feathers to stay on top of the table by 4 points and just need to win a single point on the last fixture week (next week) against David Lloyd to lift the shield for the 2nd year. Hayley Harrison was statistically the best player.

MGS C got beat 0-18 by St. Andrews A as Andy Fowler was statistically the best player on the evening.

David Lloyd maintained 3rd position when they beat Hawks A 11-7; Clarky won all of his 6 games to be the best player.

In 2, St. Andrews B got beat 5-13 by the now runners up of the division, Clayton Crusaders A. In the 4 point maximum win, the POTM on the evening was Neil A-Jones, he won all of his 6 games in the 3rd Men’s slot to assist in gaining promotion.

Clitheroe A beat MGS D 14-4 to remain the only team this season to not to have lost or drawn a match this season.

The Hillbilly’s were back at the fort this week and had another epic battle, this time against Carlton B. The match got underway & Garstang got off to a great start, splitting the Men’s and winning all of the Ladies with Ali Crosbie winning all of her 4 games to give a 6-2 start. Then the opening 2 mixed sets to take Garstang onto an 8-4 commanding lead before Carlton let rip in the remaining 3 sets. Simon Bruford & Jane Parkinson won a pair in the 7th, as did Dave Boon & Deb Balmforth in the 8th to line up an 8 al classic. In that final set, Simon & Jane won both games to a nail-biting 16-17 & 8-15 for Carlton to snatch the win at 8-10 and leaving Garstang feeling deflated for the 2nd week in a row with the same score-line. Simon was the best player on the night, he took 5 games including the crucial one to snatch the 3 points and the win. As for Garstang, they remain in danger, 5 points above the red line and as Evergreens have 2 matches in hand over them, they just may perform the great escape!

Clayton Crusaders B had a tight match against Hawks C and the score were level after the very close level games. In the opening mixed set, Mo Sulleman & Gail Monk won both games to take Hawks into a 4-6 lead. The next 2 sets were split before Mo & Gail conceded their games in the 8th to make a score-line of 8 all & set up a nail-biting finale. Dan White & Jackie Atherton won the opening game 8-15, but Cameron Higgins & Ren Soni won the final game taking it 15-2 to help earn Clayton a draw.

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Mid Lancs Week P

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This week in division 1, Hawks B got beat 1-17 by MGS A who stay in 4th place and it was Sam Ames & Lee Clayton who won the single game to stop the complete walkover. Emily Broadbent was statistically the best player on the evening.

MGS B lost 4-14 to Hawks A as Michelle Skinner was the POTM for winning all of her 6 games on the night.

David Lloyd thrashed 17-1 MGS C to stay in 3rd; Dan Porter & Danya Lewis-Baron won the single game to stop the whitewash. 

Cross Feathers went sole leaders at the top of the division with an 18-0 whitewash over Carlton A; Millie Hyde was statistically the best player on the night. With just 2 fixtures left… the only fly in the ointment for Cross Feathers is their final match of the season against past Champions, David Lloyd……Will they spoil their party parade? I will wait with baited breath!

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Mid Lancs Week O

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The last set of fixtures kicked off this week with just 4 weeks remaining & loads of scores need to be settled in each division!

In division 1 MGS A beat Carlton A 16-2 to stay in a respectable 4th on the tables as Jared Matthew was stat the best player.

MGC C got thrashed again, this time by leaders of the division, Cross Feathers. Jack Needham & Dan Porter won the single game that stopped the total whitewash in a score-line of 1-17 and with the max points, Cross Feathers move into joint 1st place.

St. Andrews A dropped a vital point last night in their match against Hawks B. In the 12-6 win, Nikki McGrath & Karolyn Hustler won all of their 6 to be the best players on the evening, however their title dreams now seem to be slipping away from them.

David Lloyd beat MGS B 15-3 to stay in 3rd place on the tables as Clarky, Joanna Holt & Matt Timms all won their 6 to grab 4 pts.

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Mid Lancs – Week N

In division 1 Carlton A finished off any hopes of a five sided David Lloyd having a shout of any silverware this year with a 13-5 win over them. Natalie Appleyard won 5 of her 6 games to help take all of the 4 points from the ex-Champs.

Hawks A had a tight match against MGS A and got off to a cracking start as they won 6 of the 8 level sets including Andy Owen winning all his 4 games for a lead of 6-2. But in the mixed, MGS came back into the match by winning 4 games in a row to square the match, but Andy & Jenny MX won both games in set 7 to take a 8-6 lead. The final 2 sets were spit to give a final score of 10-8 and puts both teams on level points in joint 4th. Andy was the POTM for winning all of his 6 games.

In the drop zone, MGS C took on Hawks B for a scrape of pride rather than vital points. The scores were level at the end of the levels and in the opening mixed set, Dan Porter & Danya Lewis Baron took a pair to take MGS ahead 6-4. Then Hawks stepped on the pedal as the next 4 mixed games went to the visitors (6-8). A split 8th set up a crucial final set in which Chris Hoyle & Caz Grimbaldeston won both games to 8 & 12 to take the match 7-11 for Hawks. Captain Caz was the POTM for winning all of her 6 games and on the basis of that result, both teams can now look forward to a more relaxed season in division 2 next year!

Cross Feathers had a home clash this week with St. Andrews A which was billed to be ‘the’ title crunching match! The opening Men’s set was tight and was won by Joe Steele & Andy Fowler 15-17 & 13-15; but the score at the end of the levels was 5-3 as Cross Feathers swept the Ladies as Fay Andrews took all her 4 games. A split opening mixed set was then followed by Mike Johnson & Rach Graham winning both games in the 6th to go 8-4 ahead. Steve Taylor & Nicki McGrath won a pair in the 7th to pull the score back to 8-6, but in the 8th, Mike & Rach grabbed the victory & on the other court Steve & Nicki took both games to make it a down to the wire final score of 10-8. Andy’s now still lead the table by a single pt, but Cross Feathers have a match in hand & now are the favourites to lift the shield again. Rach was the POTM for taking all of her 6, but I heard on my magical grapevine that the true Man of the Match was Steve Taylor, he played his little cotton socks off to be the star on the evening!!!

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Mid Lancs Week M

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A reminder that entries close this Sunday 3rd Feb for the levels tournament that is on Sun 10th Feb at Wellfield.

In division 1 this week, Carlton kicked off proceedings with a home fixture against Hawks A, but failed to pick up any points in the 5-13 loss. That ‘pesky’ kid, Nick Hodgson & Andy Owen won all of their 6 games to make sure ALL 4 points went back home.

The ‘Old School’ met again as MGS A had a big match against the leaders of the division, St. Andrews A and it was no surprise when the visitors shot into a quick 2-6 lead after the levels. In the opening mixed Jared Matthew & Becky Ashton won a pair to claw the score back to 4-6 before Andy Fowler & Nicki McGrath won both games in set 6 to open the gap back up again at 4-8. Then in the 7th set, disaster struck for Andy’s as Liz Hot went over on her ankle and had to concede the remaining 4 games with partner Steve Taylor. This immediately set up an 8 all classic in which Joe Steele & Karolyn Hustler held their nerve and won both games to take the match 8-10 & keep Andy’s 3 pts clear at the top of the table. The star on the evening was Andy, he laid* the foundation stone for the win, taking all of his 6 games in the No 3 slot. I do have to say in situations like this, the human sportsmanship kicks in and MGS were brill, they fetched a chair, ice and helped elevate her leg & even attached a note to the card wishing Liz a speedy recovery from the whole MGS team. As Steve texted me, it’s a pleasure to play in a league like this!!!

Hawks B got beat 4-14 by David Lloyd who maintain 3rd place with the 4 point max win as the hosts stay rooted at the foot.

MGS B got thrashed by Cross Feathers, 1-17; only Rob Metcalf & Adrian Greenwood winning the 1 game to stop the whitewash.

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