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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Mid Lancs – Week T

Resumption of fixtures started in Division 1 this week when Carlton A hosted joint runners up, St Andrews A. The visitors didn’t mess about, they got off to a 2-6 flying start being 2-6 up after the levels and then only lost 2 more games in the match for a 4-14 win to keep in sole 2nd place on the tables. Ash Gibson & Karolyn Hustler won all their 6 games on the night.

Hawks A got thrashed 1-17 by leaders of the division Cross Feathers to keep a 6 point lead at the top; only Andy Owen & Chris Chu winning the 1 game to stop the total whitewash. Rach Graham was statistically the best player on the night.

Clayton Crusaders A suffered another loss this week at the hands of MGS B who virtually send them tumbling back into division 2 next season with a 3-15 win. Adrian Greenwood, Alex Mackie & Jenny Stothard won all their 6 in the 4 pt win.

In a crunch match at David Lloyds pad, the struggling Champs took on current joint place team, MGS A who were 3 points ahead of them prior to the match kicking off. At the end of the levels the score was tied at 4 & then Jared Matthew & Rebecca Ashton won the opening mixed set to take MGS into a 4-6 lead. Alan Clarkson & Joanna Holt won both games to 12 & 14 to even the score again. The 7th was split before Jared & Rebecca won a pair over Alan & Joanna to go 7-9 ahead going into the nail-biting final set which was split to give MGS a 8-10 victory & a clean sweep of wins over the Champs this year! In the 3 point win that drops MGS down to 3rd place, Rebecca was the LOTM on the night for winning all of her 6 games.

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Mid Lancs – Week S

Report From Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1, MGS A managed to overcome Hawks A with an 11-7 home victory over them. The match was won in the 6th set as MGS blew Hawks away in the early sets, only a brave comeback in the last 3 sets saved the visitors blushes when they won 5 of the 6 games on offer to steal the bonus point. MGS move into joint 2nd place with the 3 points won.

In a crunch title chasing match, last year’s runners up, Cross Feathers took on Champions, David Lloyd at home and after the levels, the hosts were 5-3 up. Cross Feathers then built on this lead in the mixed when they won the next 4 games to at least earn a draw at 9-3. Scott Weber & Emily Hollis won a pair in the 6th set to take the score to 9-5, but Mike Johnston & Rach Graham won both games to 7 to win the match for Cross Feathers before Scott & Emily won the final pair of games to make the final match score 11-7. The win & 3 points keep Cross Feathers in pole position at the top with a lead of 6 points over joint 2nd place teams, MGS A & St. Andrews A… but they both have a match in hand, so it’s still gonna be tight!

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Mid Lancs Week R

Report from Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1, Clitheroe felt the wrath of the leaders, Cross Feathers; they fell 2-16 at home as the sand of time starts draining away on their hopes of stopping up. Matt Tolman was the best player winning 5 of his 6 ‘played’ games.

MGS B got beat by their own A team 3-15 to remain in a precarious position above the red line, however the 4 point max win for the A team catapulted them into 3rd place on the tables. Jared Matthew & Rebecca Ashton won all their 6 to be the best.

Second place team, St. Andrews A had a cracking 12-6 win over an injury struggling David Lloyd. The much welcomed 3 points keeps Andy’s hopes alive of once again lifting the division 1 shield as they are 3 points adrift from Cross Feathers & they play David Lloyd next week. Liz Holt & Lizzie Balmforth won 5 games to be the best players on the evening. With around 6 games to go in this division & all the top teams due to play each other, it really is an open race & a fight to lift that giant shield!!!

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Mid Lancs Week Q

This week in Division 1, the ‘old school’ met again in a crucial clash at Wellfield. The match, as expected, was ever so tight and it started with 3 split levels sets before Andy’s took a pair in the Ladies 4th set to go 3-5 ahead. A split opening mixed set was followed by Rick Wallbank & Jen Rigby winning a pair in the 6th set to even the score at 6 all. Steve Taylor & Liz Holt immediately stuck back winning a pair in the 7th to take the score to 6-8. The final 2 sets were split including a score of 16-17 to Steve & Liz in the final set to give St. Andrews the victory & 3 points in the bag in this vital title chasing match. The result takes Andy’s into 2nd place, keeps MGS in 4th as the best player on the night was Liz, she won 5 games to help Andy’s victory.

Hawks A had a right old battle against Carlton A this week & at 4 all after the levels it was game on! The opening mixed set was split before Chris Foote & Michelle Skinner won both games in set 6 to go 7-5 in front. Sets 7 & 8 were split to take the score to 9-7 to leave a thrilling finale in which Dave Wiseman & Jane Parkinson won both games for Carlton 15-17 & 10-15 to earn a draw for the visitors. Dave also won 5 games to be the best player & make the difference to help grab the draw.

MGS B got beat 6-12 at home by leaders of the division, Cross Feathers, however, the home team won the vital bonus point in the 8th set to help their relegation worries. Mike Johnson won all of his 6 to be the MOTM & keep the team in the top slot.

Crusaders A clashed with Clitheroe A in a bottom of the table scrabble for pts. Crusaders won all the Men’s & a single Ladies game to go 5-3 ahead going into the mixed & Clayton struck hard in the opening sets winning 5 games in a row to win the match. The 1st ever win in division 1 must have gone to their head, as they then lost the remaining 5 games of the match to make a final score of 10-8. Best on the night was Azam Sharif, he won 5 games to help assist in the 1st ever historic win!

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