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

Message From Paul Eastham

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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Mid Lancs Week C

Report From Paul Eastham

Week C kicked off in division 1 when Carlton A hosted MGS C and got off to a flying start by winning 7 of the 8 levels games. They went through the winning line in the rest of the mixed sets only losing 4 in all over the entire match to leave MGS at the rock bottom of the table. At least MGS got their 1st division 1 games of the season! Andrea Neville was stat best on the night.

MGS A fell 5-13 at home this week when they hosted David Lloyd. The match didn’t get off to good start as Katie Dixon Turner was unwell and conceded most of her 6 allocated games in the match. A hard uphill struggle then for MGS to play against a David Lloyd team & found themselves only winning 5 games to give the visitors all 4 pts. Matt Timms won 4 games to be best.

Hawks A crashed at home when they lost 4-14 to St. Andrews A, who stay in a commanding position with the 4 max points. The table topping team are now without Ash Gibson who confirmed to me this week he has ruptured his achilles tendon L

MGS B beat Hawks B moved into the dizzy heights of 2nd place on the tables with a 15-3 max point win over Hawks B. Adrian Greenwood, Alex Mackie & Lynn Hosegood all picked up 6 games…Take a snap of the tables guys; it’s Cross Feathers next week!

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Mid Lancs Week B

This week in Division 1, Carlton A had a cracking home match against MGS B; they got off with a brilliant 7-1 start in the levels, but were pinned back down in the mixed as MGS fought hard to salvage something out of the match. A split opening mixed set was followed by John Bowker & Sian Meakin winning a pair in the 6th to win the match, but MGS fought back to steal the bonus point from them as the final match score was finalised at 11-7.

MGC C wanted to go up last year into the elite division, because they had earned the right and fancied the challenge! Well, for the second week on the trot they got thrashed 0-18, this time by their own A team who now move into 2nd place on the tables. Jared Matthew was statistically the best player on the night; as for the C team…. I think the pain is gonna continue all season!

David Lloyd opened their account this week when they hosted St. Andrews A. At the end of the levels, David Lloyd found themselves 3-5 down & went further in trouble when Ash Gibson & Liz Holt won a pair in the opening mixed set to go 4 ahead. Alan Clarkson & Joanna Holt won their opening mixed games to pull the score back to 5-7, but in the 7th set Ste Taylor & Nicki McGrath won both games to take the score to 5-7. In the crucial 8th set, Alan & Joanna too on Ash & Liz, but disaster stuck for Andy’s as Ash retired hurt after a suspect Achiles injury & had to concede both games (7-9). However, in the final set, Ste & Nicki managed to win the last 2 games, both to a nail-biting 13 to win the match 7-11 & go joint top of the table as Nicki was the POTM on the night, taking all of her 6 games…. Would have it been Ash?…… who knows!!!! J  (Speedy recovery mate!)

Cross Feathers built on last week’s success by beating Hawks A 15-3 to sit jointly at the top of the table with St. Andrews A.

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Mid Lancs Week A

Report From Paul Eastham:

Hi Folks, I hope you all enjoyed our summer this year, but Autumn is upon us and that can mean only one thing…..here we go again… the 2018/19 badminton season is here & results/tables can be seen ‘live’ online at http://w.fixtureslive.com/

Thank you all again for all your prompt cards and I will update you when the handbooks are ready for distribution.

Division 1 started with MGS A taking on the current Champions, Cross Feathers and the host went 2-6 up straight away in the levels. A split mixed was followed by Ric Wallbank & Jen Rigby pulling a pair back for a 5-7 score line, but the visitors powered ahead in the remaining 3 sets, winning 5 of the 6 on offer to take a 6-12 win. Jared Matthew & Becky Ashton won the final game to snatch the bonus point. Ste & Fay Andrews both won 5 games each to be the best pair on the evening.

Hawks A beat their own B team 16-2 to shoot joint top of the early table. Michele was stat the best player on the night.

MGS B thrashed their own promoted C team 18-0 to go to top of the shop as Alex Mackie was stat the best player.

St. Andrews A thrashed Carlton A 18-0 to go joint top as Ash Gibson was stat the best player on the evening.

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Mid Lancs Week U

In my final report of the season, Division 1 kicked off with MGS A whitewashing bottom team Clayton A 18-0, with Becky Ashton being statistically the best player on the night to help the team move into 2nd place due to Andy’s A not playing.

Hawks A beat MGS B 11-7 as Jenny Mx won 5 games to be the best player on the evening.

David Lloyd as expected beat Clitheroe A 17-1, only Alison Leaver & Jess Portas stopping the complete whitewash.

Cross Feathers kept firmly in charge at the top with a 16-2 victory over Carlton A; Hayley Harrison was statistically the best.

The result makes Cross Feathers favourites to lift the shield for the very first time and who knows on the runners up????           Crusaders A are relegated and Clitheroe A are likely to join them in the drop into division 2.

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