Mid Lancs Week F

Report by Paul Eastham

In division 1 this week, Carlton A had their 1st win of the season when they beat Springfields A, 17-1. The current Champions, David Lloyd managed to overcome Cross Feathers with a 15-3 victory to take them top of the table. Rachael Coar was involved with winning the 3 for CF, but statistically the best player on the evening was Alan Clarkson. A super subbed MGS B fell at home to their own A team 0-18. A frantic 8pm call to super sub Janet Rance ensured the B side had a full squad and the ironic thing was that Janet & mixed partner Tom Lowe came within a whisker of taking a game off Julian Preistley & Rebecca Ashton, losing it in setting 14-17. Jenny Rigby was statistically best on the night.

In division 2, Carlton B beat bottom team, Hawks D 14-4 to finally crawl out of the dreaded drop zone. The Hillbilly’s were back at the fort this week, but they were well beaten by last week’s joint leaders, MGS C. The 2-16 win ensured that the team stayed in pole position but as for Garstang, they slipped back into familiar territory…. the drop zone! Hawks C crucified Springfields B with a crushing 17-1 victory to keep the team in 2nd position; Only Gemma Wilkinson & Sara Shingler managed to save the complete whitewash by winning the 1 game; statistically best was Sam Ames. MGS D had a tough home battle with St Andrews B this week and as most close matches go, it was all square after the levels. In the mixed, MGS got off to an early lead in the 5th set as Rob Metcalfe & Christina Atkinson took both games before 2 split sets to make the score 8-6. St. Andrews the struck back with both games in the 8th to line up a good old fashioned 8 all classic. Christina & Rob won the opening game in the final set 15-10, but couldn’t hold their nerve as Matt Norris & Sarah Gradwell grabbed the final game 11-15 to snatch the draw & share the points on the evening. Clayton Crusaders A beat Clitheroe A 14-4 to go into joint 3rd place on the tables; Ciara Pender was LOTM for her 6 games.

In division 3, Scott Wilkinson & Laura Curtis from Crusaders B, won the final game of the match 11-15 to help fetch back all 4 points when the played at Hawks E. In the 5-13 victory it was Tom Reid who won all of his 6 games to win MOTM award.
Penwortham A lost 7-11 at home to Flight this week which saw Chris Tomlinson win all of his 6 games to take home the MOTM award. The result edges Flight away from the drop zone, but leave their opponents in troubled waters! Clitheroe B had an ever so tight match this week when they hosted Evergreens A. The familiar tale of everything square after the levels was in place, followed by a split mixed opener in the 5th, but then in the 6th set the home side went into a 7-5 lead before the visitors stuck back in the 7th to tie the match score once again. A split 8th lined up an 8 all classic…. But you never want to see ol’ Derek Hilton on the other side of the net in the final set! His usual partner, Helen Pickup, wasn’t playing this week, but Sue Bullen did an equally good job, as they took both games 6-12 & 12-15 to win the match 8-10 for Evergreens. So after all that nail biting stuff, Derek was also awarded the MOTM…..for guess what….winning all of his 6!!! Springfields C lost 3-15 at home to leaders, MGS E; Janet Rance was statistically the best player to help keep the team top. St. Andrews C won 14-4 when they played bottom team, Hawks F to help put the home side into 2nd position.

In 4, Groundhog day arose for Preston College A again, as Mick & Hazel Bradshaw won the final pair of games in set 9 to force the draw on opponents, MGS F. After being 5-3 up after he levels, MGS fought back in the mixed to go ahead by 2 games in the 8th set. A fair result as Hazel picked up 5 games to certainly make the difference on taking 2 points & a rare occasion when all 3 ‘Neddy’s’ made a reunion on court again… It just goes to show, time does not forget ex Grimmy’s! Julie Youngs from Springfields D was LOTM on the evening when they beat Preston College B, 11-7. Evergreens B maintained top spot by beating St. Andrews D, 16-2. An array of Evergreens players won 6 games, but the Captain of Evergreens had special praise for the sportsmanship of St. Andrews Captain, Colin Marney, so even though he won no games, he was still gracious in defeat & therefore I’m giving Colin the MOTM award for his sportsmanship! Whittle A managed to overcome Penwortham B this week with a 11-7 victory to remain in 2nd place on the tables and keep their opponents firmly rooted at the foot of the table. Kirsten Bradley won 5 games to be the best player on the night.

In division 5, Brindle’s run of wins continued this week when they beat Whittle C, 12-6. They could have took all 4 pts only for Ant Houghton & Joan Smalley snatching the very last game 10-15. The result keeps Brindle in a solid 3rd place on the tables as Linda Kozera was awarded the LOTM for taking all of her 6 games & help open up a gap between them & Whittle. Project 12 squeezed all 4 points out of St. Andrews E when they defeated them 13-5. Paul Whitehouse, Geoff Bean & Kat Platt won 5 games each to help put their team in the top slot this week, as Crusaders D dropped a point at Whittle. Whittle D managed to snatch a point off Crusaders D in a 6-12 defeat. At 4 all after the levels, things were looking good for Whittle, but Clayton surged ahead in the mixed, only losing 2 mixed to give Whittle the bonus point. Best on the night were Amy Cooper & Natalie Kane who took all of their 6 games. Will Clayton bring Brindle’s run of wins to an end next week?

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