Report by Paul Eastham
This week in Division 1, MGS A had a narrow victory at Carlton A when they won an 8 all classic. In that final set it was Josh Hull & Katie Dixon Turner who won both games 12-15 & 10-15 to win the match 8-10 for the visitors. Josh was also the MOTM on the evening for taking all of his 6 games & help keep the team on track in the chasing pack, staying in 3rd place.
Hawks A beat MGS B 12-6 to take the 3 points, but it was Andy Finch & Lynn Hosegood who took the final pair of games in set 9 to steal the bonus point for the visitors. However, the true star of the match on the evening was Jenny Mullineaux; she won all of her 6 games to take home the LOTM award & helped enormously in sealing the win. It’s worth mentioning that 2 of Hawks’ old timers were missing in this match, both being subbed by Andy Owen & Chis Chu as Chris Hoyle wasn’t allowed to play out on the night and Julian Priestley allegedly had broken a finger nail or something along those lines!!… 🙂
Crusaders A nearly earned their 1st pt of the season when they lost 5-13 at home to Hawks B. A 14-17 loss in the 1st Ladies was the game that could have earned them their 1st division 1 pt…. But it wasn’t to be! However, on the other side of the coin, Hawks B relished in the 4 pt max win; still stopping in the drop zone, but now just 2 points behind their closest rivals MGS B, but next week its David Lloyd…Gulp! Andy Owen, Emily Miller, Chris Chu & Lisa Coulthard won 5 each.
Cross Feathers lost their 1st match of the season this when they hosted David Lloyd. After the levels, the score was all square at 4 all before the champs went ahead in the 5th by winning both games. A split in the 6th was followed by a pair for Cross Feathers to again leave the match in the balance at 7 all. The champs then ramped up a gear in the remaining 2 sets to win all 4 games on offer to take the match 7-11. Mark Tuttle was the best player on the night for David Lloyd; he took 5 games, as did Rach Graham for Cross Feathers & every credit to the hosts for being the 1st team to take a pt off the champs.
In division 2, Carlton B surged up the table this week with a 14-4 home win over a 5 sided Clitheroe A. Lee Moore was the best player on the night as he bagged 5 games playing in the No3 Men’s slot.
Hawks C leapfrogged their opponents, MGS D on game difference with a fine 11-7 home win to leave both teams in joint 2nd place. Rob Courtley & Maxine Watson took the final pair of games to seal the win & Rob won the MOTM award for his 6.
MGS C thrashed their own E team 18-0 to go joint 2nd & leave the E rooted; Danya Lewis was statistically best on the night.
In division 3, Springfields B won 8-10 at Clitheroe B this week as Chris Porter & Jane Green won the final game of the match 10-15 to seal the win. Paul Cronshaw & Liz Maskell required both the games in the final set to pull off a draw for Clitheroe; they took the 1st game 15-9, but ran out of fire power in that final game to hand the 3 points to the visitors. Jane also was the best player on the night to help give her team a boost up the table, just a point behind their opponents in 4th spot.
Ian Hayhurst & Anne Robinson from Hawks E won the final game of the match against Penwortham A to help take the match 10-8 to earn 3 points. Rory Parkinson & Caroline Coxon had taken the previous game 15-17 to be on track to pull off a draw for the visitors, but lost steam in that final game to hand the match to Hawks. Paul Webber won 5 to be the best.
MGS F stay firmly rooted to the foot of the table when they got whitewashed by the leaders, Evergreens A. Only Reece Parry & Pat Jackson stopping the total thrashing by winning the single game as Lynette Tidy was statistically the best player.
Clayton Crusaders D got defeated 5-13 at home to Hawks D who romped home with all the 4 points. The result puts the visitors in joint 3rd slot, helped by Jane Tighe who won 5 games on the night to assist in getting max points for the team.
Evergreens B lost 6-12 at home to 2nd place team on the tables, Clayton Crusaders C. The visitors might have the win & the 3 points in the bag, but it was Phil Barlow & Karen Holden who won the final pair of games in set 9, 15-10 & a nail-biting 17-14 to steal the vital bonus point. Being in the drop zone, the host’s will be pleased they salvaged something from a promotion hunting team. Best players on the night in this tie was Tom Reid & Rachael Sides; they picked up 5 games each playing at 3rd.
In division 4, Preston College A notched up their 1st win of the season with an 11-7 home win over Whittle A. Hazel Bradshaw was the LOTM on the evening for taking all of her 6 games & winning the final pair of games to seal the win.
Project 12 pulled the rabbit out of the hat this week as they won the last 4 games of their match with St. Andrews C to share the points on the evening. The hosts were on the ropes right from the start of the match being 1-7 at the end of the levels. But the well-known mixed side came back strong in the second half of the match, winning 8 of the 10 mixed games on offer to earn the draw. Jonathan Jackson won 5 games on the evening to be the best player in this thriller!
Flight remain the only unbeaten side in the division this week when they beat the current leaders, Crusaders E who hadn’t been defeated up until this fixture. In the 10-8 victory the league saw a welcome return by Gordon Pimperton & Karen Farnhill who won 4 games each to be the best pair on the night to help assist in the crucial win to go into joint 3rd spot.
Springfields C took all 4 points off bottom team, Preston College B in 17-1 win; only Dave Dunk & Jan Harrison stopping the total whitewash. Amanda Berry was statistically the best player on the night to help shoot the team up into the mid table.
In division 5, Les Halton & Margaret Snape from Brindle required both games in the final set to win an 8 all classic when they clashed with Clayton Crusaders F. They won the 1st game, a nail-biting 17-16 against Will Logan & Maddie Golden, but the youngsters picked themselves up in the final game to win it 12-15 to help share the pts on the evening. After the levels the score was all square at 4 all, followed by a pair for Clayton in the 1st mixed & a pair by Brindle in the 6th set. The remaining sets were split to draw the match as Linda Kozera & Dan Theaker won 5 games each to be the best players on the night.
Whittle C lost 5-13 at home to Evergreens C, who stay firmly in 2nd place on the tables due to the max point win. Helen Pickup was the best player on the night in this fixture and took home the LOTM award for winning all of her 6 games. Paul.