Mid Lancs Week D

This week in Division 1, MGS A won their 2nd match of the season with a 12-6 win over Hawks B. The home side were gutted to have given away the bonus point in the final game of the match when Chris Chu & Emily Miller took it in setting, 15-17. Becky Ashton was the best player on the night in this tie, she won 5 & only for that last game slip up, would have won the LOTM award. Next week, MGS take on the inform team, Cross Feathers & Hawks will look for home pts against Carlton A.
David Lloyd still has not dropped a single game this season as this week they thrashed MGS B 18-0. Darren Whitley was statistically they best player on the evening as next week the Champs square up against old school rivals, Andy’s A!
Hawks A had a tough home match against Cross Feathers and after being 6-2 up at the end of the levels the visitors came back to square the match in the 8th set to give the match a thrilling conclusion. Ste Andrews & Hayley Harrison from Cross Feathers won the 1st game in the 9th, 12-15 & then the final game was won 15-10 by Rick Wallbank & Michelle Skinner from Hawks to earn a draw on the night. A fair result on the night & the best pair were Chris Hoyle & Jenny Mullineaux.
St. Andrews showed no mercy against newbies Clayton Crusaders A; they thrashed them 18-0 to go into 3rd slot.

In 2, MGS E had a home clash this week with the hillbilly’s. In the 4-14 defeat, it was Stuart Smerdon & partner Sian Meakin who were the best players on the evening; they won all of their 6 games to help take all 4 points back up the M6 with them.
The ‘old school’ clashed this week as Clitheroe A took on Springfields A at home. Denzil Wates was once again the MOTM for Springs as he took all of his 6 games to assist his team in taking the max 4 points in a 5-13 win to put the team top.
Hawks C lost their 1st match of the season when they were beaten 7-11 at home by St. Andrews B who won their 1st one. It could have been a different score if Dan Porter hadn’t hurt his ankle in set 9 & had to concede the final pair of games with partner Maxine Watson … hope everything is ok with the foot Dan! From the off, Hawks were on the back foot, being 2-6 down after the levels, but a comeback in the mixed ensured a close match until Dan’s injury in the final set when they needed both games to draw tie. Best player on the night was Sarah Gradwell, she won 5 of her 6 games.
MGS C won 15-3 at home to Carlton B to go joint 2nd with Hawks C as Rob Oakes & Danya Lewis were the best pair on the night; they won all of their 6 games to help ensure the max 4 points went in the bag. Next week they travel up to the Fort.
Clayton Crusaders B lost 4-14 at home to MGS D to remain in the danger drop zone. Jason Loffman & Amanda Hodkinson won all of their 6 games on the evening to be the best players.

In division 3, Crusaders C took on their own D team & won all 4 points in a 14-4 victory. Tom Reid, Scott Wilkinson & Laura Curtis all won 6 games each to be the best players on the evening, but a special mention must go out to Rachael Sides, she won 5 games despite being under the weather with a high temp & couldn’t even speak. She calmly sat on the floor, drank a honey & lemon drink and then showed the D team how it was done… a true dedication to her own C team with a passion & desire not to let her own side down………….. Well done Rachael !!!! ?
Hawks E fell 7-11 at home to Clitheroe B & it was Tony Bush who won all of his 6 games to earn himself the MOTM award.
Both MGS F & opponents Evergreens b picked up their 1st points of the season when they drew their match at Wellfield. At 5-3 up after the levels the home side were on top, but Evergreens pulled it back in the mixed to eventually square the match in the 7 set. Both 8 & 9 were split to share the points as Karen Kenyon won 5 of her 6 games to be the best player.
Evergreens A kept 4 points clear at the top when they beat Hawks D 13-5 as Andrew Morris took home the MOTM for his 6.
Springfields B had a tight match this week when they hosted Penwortham A. After the levels the home side were 3-5 down before squaring the match in the 1st mixed. The next 4 sets were all split to share the points on the evening & give the visitors 2 big points on the evening. Best players were Dave Farrant & Laura Heaton who picked up 5 each.

In 4, The flags flew high at Preston College A when they hosted Flight in their 1st match of this season and the visitors got off to a cracking start, being 2-6 up after the levels. In the mixed, they marched on further but a late comeback by college ensured that they earned the bonus point. Final score, 6-12 with Dave Bradley taking home the MOTM award for his 6.
Project 12 pulled the rabbit out of the hat this week at Whittle B when they won the last 3 games to win the match 8-10. After the levels, the match was tied & in the 5th 12 went ahead & the 6th was taken by Whittle. 2 split sets ensured an 8 all classic where Paul Whitehouse & Sarah Coultas won the final pair of games 5-15 & a nail-biting 14-17 in setting to win the match! Paul was also the best player on the evening, he won 5 of his 6 games to help win the 3 pts for Project 12 & stay 2nd.
Clayton Crusaders E beat Whittle B 16-2 to go 8 pts clear at the top as Dylan Butcher & Rachelle Haynes picked up 6 each.
St. Andrews C thrashed Springfields C 16-2 to go joint 2nd on the tables & remain undefeated so far this season.

In division 5, Clayton Crusaders F got beat this week 6-12 by Lytham team, Mythop. Only for Dan Theaker & Ester Worthington, the home side would have not gained the vital bonus point. Dan & Ester also won 5 games each of the 6 won for Clayton as did Jason Lydon & Alison Kirkham for Mythop.
Penwortham B went joint top of the table this week when they had a 4 point max win over Whittle D. In the 13-5 win Rory Parkinson, Rachel Moon & Ann Marsh won all of their 6 games to help thrust the team into the top slot.
Whittle C had a fine 12-6 home win over Brindle this week, but it was Nick Fish & partner Linda Kozera who won the final game 12-15 to steal the bonus point from under Whittle’s nose. That vital game stopped Whittle going sole leaders of the division & also robbed Ant Houghton & partner Olivia Brown from taking the max 6 games each, as Nick also picked up 5.