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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Mid Lancs Week L

Report From Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1, MGS A beat Carlton A 11-7 to end the year on a high & move into joint 4th place on the table.  The best player on the night in this tie was Rebecca Ashton, she won 5 of her 6 games in the No1 slot.

Hawks B got beat 7-11 at home by MGS B who move onto the same points on the table as their own A team. The 3 pt win takes MGS into joint 4th & that was mainly due to Lynn Hosegood who won 5 of her 6 games to be the best player for MGS at No 2 & also Chris Hoyle picked up 5 of the 7 won for Hawks as his partner Caz Grimbaldeston actually won a Ladies game!

MGS C conceded to St. Andrews A this week & are fined £10 with a 1 point deduction to take them down to zero points. The 4 gifted points take St. Andrews to joint top of the table with Cross Feathers but have played more matches than them.  

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Mid Lancs Week K

Report From Paul Eastham

Just a reminder that next week is the final week of scheduled fixtures (week L) but please make use of the 2 weeks set aside by the fixtures committee for rearrangements, these being w/c 12th Dec & w/c 2nd Jan and also you can make use of the preliminary cup week, w/c 5th Dec you’re not drawn in this round. I have attached the latest list of rearrangements to remind everyone of the outstanding fixtures; please notify me before the match takes place so I can fixtureslive.

This week in Division 1, Carlton A picked up 4 max points when they beat MGS C 16-2. The win puts them 14 pts above the red line as Kay Armer & Andrea Neville won all of their 6 games to be the best & help ease any relegation worries.

Hawks A took a point off the current Champs, David Lloyd. The 6-12 score line was not only the heaviest score loss for the visitors, but it was the very 1st point loss of the season. Darren Whitley was once again the MOTM, but a special mention must go out to Emily Miller, she won 5 of the 6 games won for Hawks. Sorry Andy Owen; you got a quack quack!!!!!

Tom Lowe & Lynn Hosegood from MGS B won their final pair of games 15-13 & 15-13 to help snatch the bonus point in a home fixture against St. Andrews A. The 3 points keep Andy’s in 3rd place on the tables & in the 6-12 win for the visitors, the No 1 pair consisting of Joe Steele & Lizzie Holt were the best pair on the evening as they won all of their 6 games.

Cross Feathers maintained the lead at the top of the division with an 11-7 win over MGS A. The match was all square after the levels, but the hosts took a commanding lead in the mixed; Rach Graham was the LOTM for her 6 games on the evening.

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Mid Lancs Week J

Report From Paul Eastham

This is the turnaround week of the season & in Division 1, David Lloyd beat Carlton A 16-2 to climb up into 2nd place on the tables. Clarky was statistically the best player on the night & lie just a single point behind the leaders with a match in hand.

Hawks B lost 4-14 at home to their own A team to be in very deep relegation waters. Andy Owen was the MOTM for his 6.

MGS C also lost to their own B team 5-13, as Tom Lowe & Adrian Greenwood won all their 6 games to be the best players on the evening and help the team go onto the same points on the table as their very own A team, 17.

St. Andrews A fought hard to try and topple Cross Feathers off the top of the table and at 4 all after the levels the match was looking very tight. Alesander Grigorov & Fay Andrews from Cross Feathers then won a pair in the opening mixed which was followed by a split set in the 6th before Joe Steele & Liz Holt struck back in 7th with a pair to level the match once again (7 all) In the 8th Alesander & Fay won another pair, 11-15 & 13-15 to take the score to 7-9 before Ste Andrews & Hayley Harrison won the required game in the final set to pick up the 3 points & stay at the top of the table. So, in the 8-10 win for the visitors, it was Fay who took home the LOTM award home for taking all of her 6 crucial games to help win the match.

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Mid Lancs Week I

Report From Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1, MGS A came across their match when they hosted the reining Champs, David Lloyd. MGS were 2-6 down after the levels, but it could have been closer only for the visitors winning 2 setting games, but in the mixed it was a different story! David Lloyd marched on in the mixed only losing that very last game to make the final score, 3-15. Having said that, it was David Lloyd’s heaviest game loss of the season so far as Mark Tuttle & Darren Whitley won all their 6 games

In a rearranged match, Carlton A played against Hawks A and just managed to scrape the bonus point in the very last game of the match in a 6-12 defeat. Chris Foote, Michelle Skinner & Chris Chu all won 5 games each to help win the 3 points.

The very next night, Hawks A managed to win another match when they hosted MGS C. They ended up thrashing the bottom team 18-0 to take the max 4 points & 7 in total over the 2 nights to help thrust themselves way up the table.

MGS B crashed 2-16 at home to Cross Feathers who maintain a 2 point lead at the top of the division. Tom Lowe & Lynn Hosegood came close to winning more games in setting, but in the end it was 4 points in the bag for the visitors with Ste Andrews, Hayley Harrison & Rach Graham all winning their 6 games to help keep hopes up of bringing silverware home.

St. Andrews A beat Hawks B, 16-2 to be in joint 2nd place & leave the visitors in very murky relegation waters; 10 points clear of safety. Steve Taylor, Nicki McGrath & Lizzie Holt all won their 6 & next week they host Cross Feathers… Interesting!!

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Mid Lancs Week H

Report From Paul Eastham

In Division 1, Hawks A got a fab 10-8 home win this week when they hosted MGS A. After the levels they were 5-3 ahead followed by 2 split sets and then won a pair in the 7th to go into a 9-5 lead. Jarred Mathew & Becky Ashton won both games in the 8th for MGS 8-15 & 16-17 to bring the match score back to 9-7; but Andy Owen & Emily Miller sealed the win in the final set & take the 3 pts to put a little daylight between them & the dreaded red line! Chris Chu won 5 games to be best.

After a very tight match MGS B lost 8-10 at home to Carlton A. MGS went into the mixed games at 3-5 down and the first 3 sets were split before MGS took a pair in the 8th to level the match to go into an 8 all classic. Dave Wiseman & Cath Bagley won the final pair of games 11-15 & 12-15 to seal the 8-10 win for Carlton to lift the away from the dreaded drop zone. Cath was also the best player on the night, winning 5 of her 6 games to help take the 3 points for the team.

David Lloyd thrashed Hawks B 18-0 to go into joint 2nd place on the tables; still only losing to games in their 5 matches! Statistically, I couldn’t split Ashlea Chester & Ruth Flatman for being the best players; they both conceded 20 pts out of their 6 games. Next week, I wonder if MGS A can show any resistance to David Lloyd when they visit Wellfield?

Cross Feathers went back to the top of the table this week with a 16-2 home win over MGS C as Ste Andrews & Hayley Harrison won all of their 6 games to assist in the max point win in the No 2 slot.

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