Mid Lancs Week A

Report From Paul Eastham

Hi Folks, here we go again… the 2017/18 season is here & results/tables can be seen ‘live’ online at http://w.fixtureslive.com/

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

Division 1 started a week early due to the extra fixtures & the very 1st fixture of the new season was MGS A who took on newly promoted Clitheroe A at home and needless to say the visitors found their opening fixture tough losing 16-2.

St. Andrews A had a cracking opening win over last year’s runners up, Cross Feathers. The match was all square after the levels, but Andy’s powered their way through in the mixed to win 11-7; Joe Steele was crowned the 1st MOTM of the season for his 6.

Another division 1 newbie, Clayton A found their 1st match a hard pill to swallow…. They got thrashed 0-18 at home to Hawks A.

David Lloyd got off to their usual start by winning 17-1 at home against Carlton A to be the firm favourites again.

Then in week A, Carlton A turned their fortunes around when they hosted Clitheroe A. At 5-3 up after the levels, the hosts had the edge & in the mixed they built on their lead to snatch all 4 pts in a 13-5 victory: Andy Wiseman & Phil Price won all their 6.

Not surprisingly, MGS B lost 2-16 at home in their 1st match of the season to David Lloyd as Ruth Flatman was statistically the best player in the match & Tom Lowe stopped the total whitewash by winning the 2 games gained for the welcoming hosts.

St. Andrews continued with their winning start by thrashing Hawks A 18-0; Steve Taylor was stat the best & keeps the team 2nd.

Cross Feathers recovered from their 1st loss of the season by beating Crusaders A 17-1 to shoot into 3rd place on the tables; only Natalie Appleyard & Hannah Settle stopping the complete whitewash by winning the single game. Fay Andrews was statistically the best player on the evening. With just 3 weeks to go to the birth of her baby, Rachael Graham has now played in her final match for Cross Feathers & her team mates would like to wish her a ‘big good luck’. On behalf of the league, I would also like to wish her all the very best wishes & no doubt, she will be back on court very soon.

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Mid Lancs Week R

Report From Paul Eastham

In the last week of the 2016 / 17 season, Hawks B were beaten 0-18 at home by St. Andrews A who stay in 2nd place on the table with just 1 match to go…but it is against the Champs, David Lloyd. Lizzie Balmforth was statistically the best player.

David Lloyd showed MGS A why they are the current Champions by thrashing them on home turf, a massive 18-0. Darren Whitley was once again statistically the best player on the evening & MGS finish their season in 4th place on the tables.

MGS C ended their season off with a 3-15 home loss against Hawks A, who themselves finish bang in the middle of the tables. Chris Foote, Michelle Skinner & Cathy Atfield all won all of their 6 games on the evening.

Cross Feathers beat a five sided MGS B, 15-3 as Paul Maguire picked up the MOTM award for his 6 games at 3rd Men’s.

David Lloyd will probably retain the division 1 shield for the 6th year & Cross Feathers will become runners up once again.

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Mid Lancs Week Q

Report From Paul Eastham

In the penultimate week of the current season, Division 1’s, Carlton A took all 4 points off MGS B to lift themselves 5 points clear of their opponents. In the 14-4 max point win it was Phil Price & Louise Jackson who won all of their 6 to be the best.
MGS A sealed their 4th place on the tables with a 14-4 max point win at home over Hawks A; Jared Mathew & Becky Ashton won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the evening in the No1 slot. David Lloyd next week so I expect a win guys! ?
Hawks B v David Lloyd……. Hadn’t a clue, until 3 days after the match date, so a £5 fine on the way to them as per rule 29e.
MGS C were beaten 0-18 at home by Cross Feathers who move into 3rd place on the tables looking for that runners up shield again; Hayley Harrison was statistically the best player on the night.

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Mid Lancs Week P

Report From Paul Eastham

This is the final session of the season with a couple of promotion & relegation battles to solve & this week in Division 1,   MGS A beat their own C team 14-4 to keep themselves in a solid 4th spot on the tables. Jared Matthew & Becky Ashton were the best pair on the evening, they won all their 6 games in the No 1 slot. As for the C team, its bye bye, way gone!

Hawks B were officially relegated this week when they were defeated 2-16 by Carlton A. The only players to make a dint against the visitors were Dan Porter & Lee Clayton who took the 2 games won for Hawks, but I’m afraid it’s over & out!

MGS B lost out on the bonus point in the final game of their match against Hawks A; Chris Foote & Michelle Skinner took the game 13-15 to ensure the visitors took all the 4 pts back home with them & also won 5 games each to be the best players.

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Mid Lancs Week O

Level double entries are due in by the 10th of February. Which is at the end of this week, the tournament takes place on Sunday the 19th February.

Report From Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1, MGS A beat their own B team 12-6 to move into 4th on the tables as Becky Ashton won all of her 6 games to be the LOTM on the evening in the No 1 pairing slot. MGS C got beat 1-17 by the reigning Champions, David Lloyd; Hannah Burgess & Christine Atkinson won the single game to stop the total whitewash, but not stop division 2 badminton next season! Mark Tuttle was statistically best on the evening, he lost just 11 pts out of his 6 games to help put the Champs 7 points clear at the top of the table.

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Level Doubles/Mid Lancs Week N Report

Level double entries are due in by the 10th of February. Which is one week today, the tournament takes place on Sunday the 19th February.

Report From Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1 it was potentially the Biggy! David Lloyd would have hosted Cross Feathers for potentially the division 1 shield, but I was not informed of this match cancellation & therefore the X-mind reader fines them £5 (Rule 29e)

Hawks A built on last week draw at Andy’s when they beat Carlton A 16-2 to move into a solid 4th place on the table;  Andy Owen & partner Emily Miller and Chris Foote all won their 6 games to be the best players on the evening.

MGS C who have not won a match this season fought against fellow relegation strugglers, Hawks B and not only won the match, but managed to pick up all 4 points as well. In the 15-3 victory, it was Cheryl Parry & Hannah Burgess who were the stars on the evening, they both picked up all of their 6 games to put the team on the same points as their opponents; just ahead of them on game difference. But I’m afraid apart from dotting the i’s and crossing the T’s, it now looks highly likely that both teams are doomed to play division 2 badminton next season.

St. Andrews A hosted old school rivals, MGS A but it didn’t quite turn out to the epic battle which I used to see years ago; this was mainly due to Pete Ferns conceding 4 games after picking up an injury after the Men’s set. The eventual score ran out at 12-6 to Andy’s and thrusts them back into the runners up spot due to Cross Feathers not playing at David Lloyd’s.

In 2, Carlton B who are teetering around the drop zone hosted MGS D who had a bad day at the office last week & were aiming  to put things right this week! The opening 4 levels sets were all split before Carlton won the first 3 mixed games and then MGS struck back to level the match again at 7 all by winning the next 3 games. But in the 8th & 9th set, the hosts powered ahead to win all 4 games and run out eventual winners at 11-7. The 3 points open up a 6 point gap between them and the dreaded red line as Simon Bruford & partner Andrea Philips won 5 games to be the best pair on the night.

Clitheroe A were back in action for the 1st time this year and wanting to build on last year’s success they were hosts to Evergreens A, who recently have hit a sweet spot when it comes to form, but sadly they didn’t manage to take a single point in the 15-3 defeat. Jess Portas & Alison Lever were the best players on the night, they took all of their 6 games in the 15-3 win, but the sting in the tail for Clitheroe was that the card was late, so they are duly fined £10 as per rule 25!

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