Mid Lancs Week M

Report From Paul Eastham

In the last report of the year, the current leaders of division 1, MGS A completely blew open the title race this week with a 14-4 victory over David Lloyd. The win keeps MGS A at the top, 2 ahead of St. Andrews A as statistically the best player on the night was Tim Vickers, he won 5 games including an ‘egg’ (that’s to love) in the 2nd Men’s… I had never heard that before?

MGS B beat downtrodden Crusaders A 14-4 to climb 8 points above the red line. In the max point win, it was Tom Lowe & Lynn Hosegood who were the best pair on the evening; they won all their 6 games in the No 2 slot.

St. Andrews A beat Carlton A 11-7 to keep in 2nd place on the tables; Steve Taylor, Lizzie Balmforth & Ash Gibson won 5 games each to assist in the 3 point win. Next week Andy’s travel to Cross Feathers in a make or break match for both teams!

Meanwhile, Cross Feathers moved back into 3rd position on the table when they beat Hawks A 14-4. Rachael Graham and Terri-lee Holmes won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night & next week they host St. Andrews A…….Fab!

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Mid Lancs Week L

Report From Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1, Clitheroe A took on MGS B who were on the same points (8) before the match kicked off & the hosts went 3-1 went up before MGS won the next 4 levels games to go into the mixed sets, 3-5 up. The opening mixed set was split when Keith Ashton & Alison Leaver came back from 0-12 to win the game 15-13 when they took on Tom Lowe & Lynne Hosegood. Then the onslaught began; MGS took the last remaining 8 games to win the match 4-14 and put 4 clear pts between their opponents, but Clitheroe still have a match in hand over them. Adrian Greenwood & Alex Mackie won their 6 games to be the best players on the night & next week MGS take on bottom team Clayton A at home.

Hawks A got battered 2-16 by the inform MGS A who go sole leaders of the division with the max point win. Andy Owen won the 2 games to stop the total whitewash and statistically Becky Ashton was the best player. There is another ‘interesting’ match on the horizon next week, when MGS A host David Lloyd & that is gonna be crucial….. trust me!

A five sided Crusaders A fell 2-16 at home to St. Andrews A who were smarting from last week’s drumming by David Lloyd.

David Lloyd hosted Cross Feathers and managed to take all 4 points off them in a 15-3 win to move them into 3rd place.

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MId Lancs Week K

Report From Paul Eastham

In Division 1, Carlton A defeated bottom team Clayton Crusaders A to put themselves 5 points clear of the drop zone. In the 11-7 win, Caroline Andrew was the LOTM on the night for her 6 games & Sam Ames won 5 for Clayton.

MGS A went back to the top of the table this week with a 16-2 victory over their own B team. Jared Matthew, Becky Ashton and John Davenport all won their 6 games to be the best players on the night.

David Lloyd opened up the title race again when they beat the only team not to have lost a match this season, St. Andrews A. The big guns of David Lloyd blasted Andy’s into the middle of next week with a crushing 18-0 whitewash to go just 2 points behind the current leaders, with a match in hand and still are the firm favourites to lift the shield again.

Meanwhile, Cross Feathers whitewashed Clitheroe A 18-0 to go joint top of the table with MGS A.  As I keep saying, this year has been fab so far when it comes to a ‘open’ race & look forward to the final push in matches which will no doubt be ever so interesting to report on & next week David Lloyd host Cross Feathers! Absolutely eye watering stuff & I can’t wait!

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Mid Lancs Week J

This week in Division 1, Carlton A only just managed to scrape the bonus point in the final set when Dave Wiseman & Caroline Andrew won both games to make a final score of 6-12 when they hosted Hawks A. Chris Foote won all of his 6 games to be the best player on the evening and take back home the MOTM award.

Clitheroe A clocked up their 1st division 1 win of the season when they beat Clayton Crusaders A at home, 11-7. The 3 point win takes them out of the drop zone on game diff as Julie Bates and Jess Portas won 5 games each to be the best players.

The ‘old school’ met again this week when St. Andrews hosted MGS A at the Parish church hall and after the opening 2 sets were split the hosts went in front in the remaining 2 levels sets when they won all 4 games making the score line 6-2. The opening mixed set was split before Tim Vickers & Jen Rigby won a pair in the 6th to claw the score back to 7-5. Joe Steele & Lizzie Balmforth then won a pair in the 7th set to put Andy’s 9-5 ahead and on the verge of a win, but in the 8th Jared Matthew & Rebecca Ashton had other ideas; they won both games for MGS 14 & 5 to set up a nail-biting final set. Steve Taylor & Liz Holt held their nerve in opening game, winning to 8, but lost to 11 in the final game to set up a final score of 10-8. The 3 point win keeps Andy’s in the top slot by 3 pts as Joe & Lizzie were the star players on the night winning 5 games each.

Meanwhile Cross Feathers had a 12-6 win over MGS B to put them back into joint 2nd place on the table with MGS A. Fay Andrews was the LOTM on the night for her 6 games and MGS stay below the red line on game diff despite the vital point.

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Mid Lancs Week I

Report From Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1, MGS A moved back into 2nd place on the table with a 4 point max win over Carlton A. In the 13-5 win it was Jared Matthew who was the MOTM on the night; he won all of his 6 games in the No 1 slot to help get the max points.

Hawks A stay bang in the middle of the table with a 13-5 win over Clitheroe A. In the 4 point win for Hawks it was Chris Foote and Chris Chu who picked up all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night.

MGS B lost 4-14 to St. Andrews A and it was Tom Lowe & Lynn Hosegood who won 3 of the 4 games won by the hosts. However, the 4 point max win over MGS moves Andy’s back into the prime position at the top as Ashley Gibson & Karolyn Hustler were the best pair on the night & next week, it’s a crunch match; 1 v 2…. Andy’s host MGS A. Eye watering stuff!!!

Clayton Crusaders A felt the full force of David Lloyd…. Need I say more; 0-18 was the final score and Clarky was statistically the best player on the night, losing just 13 pts out of his 6 games. The top 4 teams have now played 8 matches each and are all separated by just 1 point from 4th at 26 to the top at 29…. Something is gonna deffo crack soon!

In division 2, Hawks C got beat 3-15 at home by St. Andrews B who keep in a very threatening 3rd place on the tables. The best player and LOTM on the night was Charlotte Hayes, she won all her 6 games in the No 3 slot.

MGS D lost 5-13 at home to the leaders of the division, Hawks B who are out at the top by 8 clear pts & MGS D are in the danger area! A special mention to Beth Cowell who played up from her usual team & won 3 games & 2 of them was to zero!

Evergreens A managed to get the bonus point in a 6-12 defeat by 2nd place team MGS C and it was Matt Seddon who picked up the MOTM award on the evening for taking all of his 6 games in the No 2 slot for MGS.

In Division 3, Clitheroe B moved closer to a promotion spot with a fine 16-2 max point win over Evergreens B.

Hawks E met the runaway leaders of the division, Carlton B this week and therefore there really wasn’t a chance of getting off the -1 pt position on the tables. Debbie Moore & Kelly Anderson won the 1 game 17-15 to stop the total whitewash in the 1-17 defeat. Dave Boon was statistically the best player on the night as the team now move out in front by a massive 12 pts.

Garstang A only just managed to scrap the bonus point in the final set as they were beat 6-12 at the fort by Hawks D.

Clayton Crusaders C took themselves into a very challenging 3th place on the table with a 15-3 max point win over MGS F who themselves are currently lying in a relegation spot. All the lads from Clayton; Dylan Butcher, Victor Chow & Scott Wilkinson all won their 6 games to help take the 4 points and help the team have some hope of gaining a promotion spot.

In division 4, the leaders of the table, St. Andrews C had a very tight match with Clayton Crusaders D. The hosts were just ahead after the opening levels sets at 5-3. Clayton’s Jetmond Ma & Chris Cochrane won both games to level the match at 5 all before a split in the 6th and then Graham Forrest & Gill Gornall won both in set 7 to take Andy’s back in the lead at 8-6. Jetmond & Chris struck back again in the 8th winning both games to set up an 8 all classic….. Who would hold their nerve in the final set? Well it was Richard Andrew & Zoe Watts, they managed to win both games to 13 & 7 to win the match 10-8 for Andy’s. A tremendous effort by Clayton who pushed the leaders all the way to the final set and I’m sure that the 8 points that separate them is not a true reflection of where Crusaders should be; with 2 games going to setting & 5 more being won to 13 it could have been a whole different tale on the night! Despite being on the losing team, Jetmond was the MOTM for his 6.

Penwortham A had a tight match this week at home against Garstang B and the match was all square after the levels when Pen won all the ladies & Garstang won all the men’s. The opening mixed was split before Penwortham got the breakthrough in the 6th set when Alan Turner & Caroline Coxon won a pair to thrust them into a 7-5 lead. Lee Meakin & Ceri Smith Jaynes instantly hit back and once again squared the match by winning both games in set 7 and then set 8 was split to set up an 8 all classic. Lee and Ceri managed to win both games 12 & 13 to take the match 8-10 for Garstang & headed back up the M6 with the 3 valuable points. Lee was also the MOTM on the night for taking all his 6 & Penwortham remain in 2nd place…. for now!

 

In division 5, Preston College A won 12-6 over Brindle to keep in a snug 2nd place on the tables. The usual suspects did the most damage on the night; Mick and Hazel Bradshaw won all of their 6 games in the No 1 slot to be the best pair on the night.

Leaders of the division, Crusaders E had a nail-biter against College B this week & it was the hosts who won the Men’s & the visitors won the Ladies. The 1st two sets were split before Kabir Sharif & Linda Langford got a breakthrough in set 7 to take Clayton 8-6 ahead before Dave Dunk &Jan Harrison won a pair for College in the 8th to level the match & set up an 8 all classic. Will Logan & Dawn Harrison polished the match off for Clayton winning both games to 7 to keep their team out at the top by 4 clear points. Kabir was the MOTM on the evening for taking all his 6 games & assisting the team in getting the win.

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Paul.

Mid Lancs Week H

Report From Paull Eastham

In division 1, Hawks A got beat 7-11 at home by St. Andrews A who move into 2nd place on the table with the 3 point win.

David Lloyd managed to take all 4 points at home, but only just when they hosted MGS B. In the 13-5 win, Clarky won all his 6 to be the MOTM and Alex Mackie won 4 games off the mighty club to threaten taking the vital bonus point off them.

Clayton Crusaders A got beat 3-15 at home by Cross Feathers who move into pole position at the top of the table with the max point win. Nathan Brown & Fay Andrews won all their 6 to be the best pair on the night. Yet again, I must say how tight the top of this division has become, just 3 points separating 4 teams and much more exciting than a 2 horse race.

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