Coronavirus – All Mid Lancs Fixtures Postponed

Message From Paul Eastham

Hi all,

Following on from the announcement today regarding the Coronavirus update from the Government and Medical advisers regarding the unnecessary contact with other people in pubic places, the remaining fixtures in the Mid Lancs league will be postponed until further notice. I hope you will all understand that this is the most sensible thing to do in the current situation and hopefully in the not too distant future, the remaining rearranged matches can be played. We have been very fortunate that 99% of matches have been played already, so the impact is not too bad.

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This week the A and D teams complete their fixtures for the 2019/20 season. The A Team have a top of the table clash, and the D Team are playing a double header to squeeze in their final rearrangement . The C Team have a week off. The following two weeks see the B and C complete their fixture commitments.

Don’t forget to get your orders in for the Mid Lancs Presentation which takes place at Shaw Hill on the 15th of May.

Monday 16th of March
B Team vs MGS C @ Home 7:30pm D2
D Team vs Mythop B @ Home 7:30pm D5

Wednesday 18th of March
A Team vs Cross Feathers @ Home 7:30pm D1
Club Night 7:30pm onward

Thursday 19th of March
D Team vs Evergreens C @ Albany 7:00pm D5

Monday 23rd of March
B Team vs Clayton A @ Home 7:30pm D2
C Team vs Clayton D @ Home 7:30pm D4

Wednesday 25th of March
Club Night 7:30pm onward

Monday 30th of March
C Team vs Garstang B @ Home 7:30pm D4

Wednesday 1st of April
Club Night 7:30pm onward

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Report From Paul Eastham

In my final report of the season, I have just had some bad news from fixtureslive; they have informed me that are closing down their service in July! I have to say, I am personally mortified, as this online tool has been a fabulous asset to our league. 

In the final week of scheduled fixtures, division 1’s MGS B had a tight match with Hawks A and the 2 teams couldn’t be split in the levels with a 4 all score-line. Nick Hodgson & Katie Dixon Turner won the opening mixed set & then Dan Porter & Danya Lewis Baron took a pair in the 6th to square the match once again. A split 7th set was followed by Dan & Danya taking the 8th set, albeit the 2nd games was conceded through injury to go 9-7 up. The final set was conceded through injury again by MGS B to draw the match. Danya was the best player on the night, she won all of her 5 games played. St. Andrews A clung on to the top spot when they beat Carlton A, 15-3. Joe Steele & Karolyn Hustler took their 6 games to help the team take all 4 pts & give a glimmer of hope of being Champions; but up next week is Cross Feathers in a title cruncher! Cross Feathers beat former Champions, David Lloyd 13-5 to take all 4 points in their strive to become Champions of the division again. The best players on the evening in this clash was Danny Hyde & Terri-Lee Holmes, they both took all of their 6 games. 

In division 2, MGS C beat Carlton B 16-2, to officially become Champions and lift the shield. The POTM on the night was Sarah Woodhouse, the MVP on the Men’s was Tom and as usual, Matt was in the basement. Now, Matt has been teaching his other team mates his chef’s skills and Alison P Truman & Helen Blackeley took an egg game in their Ladies set. Clitheroe A had a crucial promotion match this week against Hawks B to see who would become runners up of the division and both team, as expected, could not be split in the levels as the score was tied at 4 all. The opening 2 sets were split before Clitheroe put their foot on the pedal & won the remaining 6 games including a nail-biting final game that was won by Matt Cole & Jess Portas, 17-14 to help take the maximum 4 points and become runners up of the division. Hawks C finished their season off on a high when they won their match at home against St. Andrews B. In the 16-2 win Jinesh Mistry was statistically the best player on the night. Crusaders A managed to squeeze all 4 points out of this week opponents, MGS D to officially relegate them. Best on the night were Neil A Jones, Michaela Stanton & Ren Soni, they took all of their 6 games to help take the maximum pts in the 13-5 win.

In division 3, Mythop A got beat 7-11 at home to a five sided Clitheroe B and Stu Davey & Gill Fourie won all of their 6 games to help recover the 6 game deficit caused by the non-show Lady. MGS E got beat at home this week by promotion chasing Clayton Crusaders B. MGS were on the ropes from the start, going 2-6 down after the levels where Dylan Butcher took all his 4 Men’s games. Then in the mixed, sets 5, 6 & 7 were all split before Victor Chow & Ali Peacock won a pair in the 8th to take Clayton into a 5-12 lead. Then in the final set, Ben Yau & Christina Atkinson won the final game of the match to steal the vital bonus point that could make the difference to Clayton when they play their nearest rivals, Garstang A in a crunch match over the next few weeks. Dylan won 5 games to be the best player.  Champions of the division, Evergreens A had another fine win this week when they took all 4 points in a match against Hawks D. In the 14-4 win, Derek Hilton, Simone Binnes, Julian Pilling & Sharon Mulholland all won 5 games each to be the best players.

In division 4, St. Andrews C got beat 6-12 at home this week by Penwortham A and in the final set, Graham Forrest & Jane Godsland won the final game to earn the bonus point. Alan Benningfield & Martyn Cook won 5 games each to be the best on the night. Garstang B kept up the pressure on the promotion race when they beat Clayton Crusaders D 14-4; Simon Tebbutt won all his 6. Hawks E finished off their season with a 4-14 home loss to promotion chasing team, Evergreens B. The win gives Evergreens another boost for their quest for a division 3 slot and the best players on the night were Steve Dudley & Phil Barlow; they won all of their 6 games to help grab all of the 4 points on offer and give the team a real chance of promotion. Clayton Crusaders C match against Project 12 was conceded by the visitors.

In division 5, Brindle beat a five sided Preston College, 10-8 and as the score line suggested, the host didn’t have it all their own way with the instant 6-0 start. Sarah Kay from College took all 4 Ladies and then the remaining mixed sets were all shared to give the final 10-8 score. So, Sarah won 4 and also Janet Keys won 4 to be the best players. Steve Hudson won 100% of his games (2). St. Andrews D had a tight match this week against Penwortham B and flew into a 6-2 lead in the levels games. Iain Philips & Cathryn Jackson pulled 2 back in the opening mixed set and then in the 6th set Matt Barton & Anne Ashworth took Andy’s back into an 8-4 lead. The next 2 sets were split to take Andrews over the winning line and then Dave Jackson & Rachael Moon won the final 2 games in set 9 to wrap up the match at 10-8. Andy’s can now come 3rd if they can get 2 pts from their last 2 matches. Evergreens C had a cracking match this week at home to the Champions of the division, Mythop B, who have not lost a match this season! The host didn’t get off to a great start, as James Vinden didn’t show and Evergreens had to concede the opening Men’s set; however after that Mythop kindly agreed to allow super sub, Lee Wigham to step in and play the remaining 4 games in the No 3 slot. With the Ladies getting 3 games and Lee winning a pair in the 2nd Men’s set, Evergreens found themselves 5-3 up going into the mixed. The opening mixed set and the following set were split before Lee & Karen Kenyon won a pair to take the team into a 9-5 lead. Mark Green & Ngan Pilkington won both games in set 8 to set up a nail-biter in the final set as the score stood at 9-7. In the 1st game, James Norman & Julie Bennett took it 12-15 for a 9-8 score line and then in the 2nd, Nigel P Truman & Corinne Wagstaff played a blinder and took the game 15-13 to win the match, 10-8. Evergreen’s Captain, Karen wants to thank Mythop for their sportsmanship for letting Lee play as a substitute. This was ironically Mythop’s first loss of the season, however it does not change the fact that they are

Well, that’s it for another season from me! Congratulations to all the winners of the divisions, Cups & tournaments and I hope you will all be there at the presentation evening at Shaw Hill to pick up your silverware and party!


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Report From Paul Eastham

In division 1 this week, Carlton A had a cracking match against Hawks A this week and both teams couldn’t be split after the levels as Sian Meakin won all her Ladies games and Andy Owen won all the Men’s games. A split opening mixed set was followed by Andy & Maxine Watson winning both games in set 6 to go 5-7 ahead. Then in the 7th set, Andy Wiseman & Sian won both games to square the match again. In the 8th, Chris Foote & Michelle Skinner won a pair 0-15 & 15-17 to take the visitors into a 7-9 lead and set up a tense final set. In the final set, Dave Wiseman & Cath Bagley held their nerve and won both games to draw the match and share the points. The best players on the night were Sian for Carlton & Andy from Hawks; both won 6. David Lloyd beat bottom team, MGS B 15-3 to boost themselves into mid table with the 4 points. Cross Feathers had a crunch match against St. Andrews A and managed to take all 4 points in the 15-3 result. Statistically, the best player on the night was Fay Andrews and now Cross Feathers close the gap to just 2 pts with 2 matches in hand.

Mid Lancs Presentation Evening

Message from Janette Norris

Please find attached the menu order form for the upcoming Dinner Dance to be held at Shaw Hill Golf Club on Friday 15th May 2020 at 6.45pm for sit down at 7pm. Please can you return this by end of April with all payments to enable me to confirm the numbers with the Management at Shaw Hill. As you can see I have added a dietary column to be filled in if required. I am just awaiting the vegetarian option and will let you know this as soon as I have it. Please can you forward this on to all your team captains and club members.



Homemade Vegetable Soup, finished with cream, soft garden herbs and baby spinach.
Duck Liver and Orange Parfait, homemade local damson jam, pickled heritage carrots, and watercress.

Prime Roasted 28 day Matured Topside of Beef, perfect Yorkshire pudding and roast gravy.
Char-grilled Chicken Breast, pancetta, leek and fresh pea cream.

Lemon Curd Cheesecake, fresh raspberries, Chantilly cream, lemon balm, berry coulis.
Shaw Hill’s Sticky Toffee Pudding, clotted cream ice cream, warm butterscotch sauce.

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Report From Paul Eastham

In division 1 this week, MGS A became the first team in the league to finish their fixtures and I sincerely thank them for playing two fixtures in the very first week, to enable me to balance fixtures out throughout their club & in the league. In their final match, they beat Carlton A 14-4 to potentially finish in 3rd place. Jared Matthew & Adrian Greenwood won all their 6 games. David Lloyd got thrashed 1-17 at home by St. Andrews A; only Matt Timms & Ruth Flatman won the semester single game to stop the complete whitewash. Nicki McGrath was statistically the best player on the night. Andy’s now go 7 pts ahead at the top of the table over Cross Feathers, but have played 2 games more & out of their 3 remaining matches, play their rivals twice!!!

In division 2, Clitheroe A sank Carlton B 15-3 to remain joint top with the 4 max points. Allison Leaver & Jess Portas won 6 games each to be the players. Up next week is MGS C, in which no doubt will be the title crunching match. Hawks C fell, 2-16 at home to joint leaders of the division, MGS C. The MVP on the night was Ash Gibson and Matt stayed in the basement; however there seems to be a new Chef in town  (Tom), he whipped up another omelette with his 2 eggs in set 7. MGS D remain in a critical position on the tables when they failed to get any points at home against St Andrews B. Matt Green was the POTM on the night for taking all of his 6 games; but a special mention must go to his partner, Jane Godsland who won 5 games , but narrowly missed out getting all her 6 games by losing a Ladies game to setting. Crusaders A fell 3-15 at home to Hawks B to to remain 3rd; Caz Grimbaldeston won all her 6 to be the POTM on the night.

In division 3, Mythop A took on fellow relegation rivals, MGS E at home this week the score was all square at the end of the levels games. In the opening mixed set, Trevor Brown & Jacqui Gibson won both games to take MGS into a 4-6 lead. In set 6, Colin Chisholm & Pauline Weafer took a pair to square the match again before a split 7th set. In the 8th, Colin & Pauline won another pair to take the score to 9-7 and on the brink of Mythop winning their 1st division 3 match. However, in the final set, Ben Yeu & Pat Jackson won both games for MGS to draw the match. Pauline was the best player, taking 5 of her 6 games.

In Division 4, St. Andrews C beat bottom team Crusaders D 16-2 to shoot up the table with the 4 max pts; Jane Godsland was stat best. Hawks E took on the promotion chasing team, Garstang B at home and were in charge 5-3 after the levels sets which included Hannah Stewart winning all her 4 Ladies games. Lee Meakin & Jane Gray won the opening mixed set to square the match before a split 6th set. Then in the remaining 3 sets, Garstang put their foot down on the pedal and took all the remaining games to win the match 6-12. Lee was the POTM on the night, he won all of his 6 games to help the team remain in a threatening 3rd place. Project 12 fell 2-16 at home to title chasing Evergreens B and in the 4 point win, it was partners, Julian Pilling & Karen Holding that took all their 6 games to be the best players on the night. All eyes will be on next weeks match, when Evergreens host Clayton Crusaders C, were the hosts ‘must’ win to have a chance of lifting the shield, as Clayton have a match in hand. Meanwhile, Clayton Crusaders C themselves hosted Penwortham A this week and needed a good win to stay in control. They got off to a cracking start as they went 5-3 ahead in the levels and won the next 5 mixed games to then win the match. However, the remaining sets were split to give a final score of 12-6 to lose a potential crucial bonus pt. Jade Thornhill won 5.

In division 5, Whittle got beat 5-13 by leaders of the division, Mythop B, who with the 4 maximum points are virtually crowned Champions of the division with the result. Mark Green & Jasper Vijayakumer won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night, but a big shout out must go to George Green & Julie Bennett for winning the final game of the match; they, under pressure, having lost the 1st game, 15-12 turned the set around & won it 13-15 to take the bonus point & become Champs. Penwortham B lost 8-10 at home to Preston College who remain in a solid 2nd place and are favourites at this stage to become runners up. Hazel Bradshaw & Janet Keyes won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night. Evergreens C beat Brindle 11-7 to dent any hopes of the visitors sneaking a promotion spot; Pauline Charnock won 5 games.