Mid Lancs Week I

Report From Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1, MGS A faced the current leaders David Lloyd & they got absolutely trashed 1-17 by the reigning champs. Jared Matthew & Pete Fearns won the 1 game to stop the total whitewash & it was Joanna Holt who was stat best.

Chris Hoyle & Jenny Mullineaux from Hawks A won the final pair of games of the match 15-7 & 15-3 to help win the match 10-8 against Carlton A. The 3 pts helps Hawks move into 3rd spot, but it was Andrea Neville who took 5 games for Carlton.

MGS B fell 7-11 at home to St. Andrews A despite being all square at the end of the levels. The power of Andy’s mixed game took over and won 7 of the 10 mixed games on offer as Nicki McGrath went home with the LOTM award for her 6 games.

In division 2, MGS E had a bottom of the table clash with Crusaders B this week & it was Matt Seddon & Janet Rance who won the final game of the match 15-12 to bag all of the 4 points on offer to help lift their team off the bottom & plonk their opponents in their old position. Both teams remain in the drop zone & will continue to fight for survival as Matt, Janet & Jacqui Gibson all won 5 each to chip in to get max points. Will Booth was handed over the quack of the week award over from the regular winner, Chris Kelly, who actually managed to bag a game this week!

MGS D moved into joint 2nd on the tables when they beat Clitheroe A 11-7 and it was Jason Loffman who won all of his 6 games to be the MOTM on the evening. After being 5-3 up after the levels the home side built up a bigger lead in the mixed to leave Jason & partner Hannah Robertson to seal the win in the final set 15-8 & 15-5 to bag the 3 points.

Leaders of the division, Springfields A were on the ropes from the onset when they played Carlton B. All square after the levels followed each set being taken by both teams up until the final set were the score stood at 8 all. Mick Cryer & Clare Ashton won the 1st game in that final set 15-11, but Craig Rigby & Jane Parkinson fought back & won the final game of the match 8-15 to earn a draw against the promotion favourites. Denzil Wates was once again the MOTM for his 6 games.

St. Andrews B kept in touch with the chasing pack with an 11-7 home win over Garstang as John Parry was the best player for Andy’s taking 5 but Sian Meakin took all of her 6 games out of the 7 won for the Hillbilly’s who earned the LOTM award.

In division 3, Clitheroe B lost 7-11 at home to the team just above them on the tables, Hawks D. The extra 3 points have now put the visitors just a point behind 2nd place team, Crusaders C. Stuart Davey from Clitheroe & Beth Cowell from Hawks both won 5 games each to be the best players for their teams on the night with Irv & Emily getting the 3 pts in the last set.

Hawks E scrambled away from the danger area this week with a 4 point max win over bottom team, MGS F. Despite the big win, only Jean Egan went home with a clean sheet, as she picked up the LOTM award for taking all of her 6 games.

Crusaders D were a man down this week due to an injury and no doubt cost them some valuable points when they got defeated 8-10 at home to fellow relegation strugglers, Evergreens B. The 3 points for Evergreens takes them out of the drop zone by 2 points & plonks Clayton in their old slot as Cameron Higgins won all of his 4 played to be the MOTM.

Evergreens A had another fine 4 point win this week when they beat Springfields B 16-2; Darren Clayton was stat best.

In division 4, Preston College A remain rooted in the drop zone as they fell 7-11 to Whittle B who with the 3 points pull away from their opponents. Yet again, the star for College A was Hazel Bradshaw, she won all of her 6 games as did Simon Wynn from Whittle, but Hazel went home with the LOTM award for being statistically best on the evening.

Flight climbed further up the table this week with a 14-4 defeat over Preston College B. Yvonne Kay & Sue Hirons were the best players on the evening, they picked up all of their 6 games in the No1 & No3 Ladies slot to help put the team joint 3rd.

Tim Laurence & Julie Youngs from Springfields C won the final pair of games of the match 15-8 & 15-6 to earn a draw when they hosted project 12. The whole match was incredibly tight as the first 7 sets were ALL split! In the 8th Paul Whitehouse & Sarah Coultas won both games to take a 7-9 lead, but Springers held their nerve to share the points on the evening. No overall best player in this one, but the visitors still remain in 3rd place with Fight in the chasing pack.

A five sided Whittle A got beat 2-16 at home by St. Andrews C who stop in 2nd; Darren Robinson won 5 to be the best player.

In division 5, Mythop won 11-7 at home to Brindle this week as Alison Kirkham won all of her 6 games to pick up the LOTM award.

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