Mid Lancs Week L

Report From Paul Eastham

This week in Division 1, Clitheroe A took on MGS B who were on the same points (8) before the match kicked off & the hosts went 3-1 went up before MGS won the next 4 levels games to go into the mixed sets, 3-5 up. The opening mixed set was split when Keith Ashton & Alison Leaver came back from 0-12 to win the game 15-13 when they took on Tom Lowe & Lynne Hosegood. Then the onslaught began; MGS took the last remaining 8 games to win the match 4-14 and put 4 clear pts between their opponents, but Clitheroe still have a match in hand over them. Adrian Greenwood & Alex Mackie won their 6 games to be the best players on the night & next week MGS take on bottom team Clayton A at home.

Hawks A got battered 2-16 by the inform MGS A who go sole leaders of the division with the max point win. Andy Owen won the 2 games to stop the total whitewash and statistically Becky Ashton was the best player. There is another ‘interesting’ match on the horizon next week, when MGS A host David Lloyd & that is gonna be crucial….. trust me!

A five sided Crusaders A fell 2-16 at home to St. Andrews A who were smarting from last week’s drumming by David Lloyd.

David Lloyd hosted Cross Feathers and managed to take all 4 points off them in a 15-3 win to move them into 3rd place.

In division 2, St. Andrews B had a tough match this week when they hosted MGS D. At the end of the levels games, the score was tied at 4 all & then Andy’s won the opening 4 mixed games to take a 8-4 lead to be on the brink of a victory. The visitors had other ideas in mind, as they marched on to win the next 5 games in a row to turn the match around and take a 8-9 lead. But in the final game of the match, Matt Green & Janette Norris won it 15-8 to salvage a draw in the topsy turvy match.

MGS C thrashed the bottom team, Crusaders B, 17-1 to keep in a solid runners up spot, just 4 points behind the leaders*** Sam Gorrell & Neil A Jones won the one game to stop the total whitewash as Joy Moon was statistically the best player on the night for MGS; she won all her 6 games in the No 3 slot.

Evergreens A got off to a good start when they hosted the leaders, Hawks B and were 5-3 up after the levels. Ant Forrest & Caz Grimbaldeston won the opening mixed set to square the match before a split set in the 6th. Hawks then took 5 games in a row to win the match & keep in front at the top by 4 pts. Ant was the MOTM for winning all of his 6 games in the No 1 slot.

In Division 3, Carlton B took on their closest rivals, Garstang A and the hosts moved even further ahead when they won the match, 12-6. However, the hosts didn’t have it all their way as Stuart Smerdon & Jane Gray won a game in the final set to snatch the bonus pt. Carlton now are a massive 15 pts clear at the top and I very much doubt if anyone will now catch them.

Hawks E were still in search of getting off the mark when they hosted Clitheroe B; unfortunately it wasn’t to be as the visitors romped to a 3-15 defeat of the lonely bottom team. Darryl Smith was the MOTM for his 6 games & helped keep the team 3rd.

MGS F had a crucial win this week over fellow potential relegation rivals, Evergreens B. After the scores being square after the levels, a split mixed set in the 5th was followed by Mark Wolmersley & Pat Jackson taking a pair to take a 7-5 lead for MGS Phil Barlow & Susan Bullen immediately stuck back in the 7th to tie the scores once again at 7 all. The 8th was nail-bitingly split to set up an 8 all classic in which David Bird & Cheryl Parry won both games for MGS to win the match 10-8 and put 5 clear points between the two teams. David & Cheryl were the best players on the night winning 5 games each & assist in the win.

Clayton C battled hard with the team below them, Hawks D & at the end of the levels the score was tied as Clayton won the Men’s & Hawks won the ladies. Scott Wilkinson & Janet Rance won the opening mixed set before Jinesh Mistery & Jane Tighe won the 6th set to square the match again. The 7th & 8th were split to set up an 8 all classic in which Dan Whittle & Helen Wharton won both games to 11 to take the match 8-10 for Hawks. Jane was the LOTM on the night for taking all her 6.

In division 4, second place Mythop took on the leaders St. Andrews C this week and as expected, the match was all square after the levels with the hosts winning all the Men’s & Andy’s winning the Ladies. Chris Porter & Linda Settle won the opening mixed set before the next 3 sets were all split to take the score to 9-7 going into the final set. Chris & Linda then went on to win both games in the last set to beat Andy’s 11-7 and move to within 4 points of them with 2 matches in hand. Chris was the MOTM on the evening for winning all of his 6 games on the night & help the team move into within a whisper of the leaders.

Garstang B shot into joint 4th place with their visitors, Clayton Crusaders D when they beat them 15-3. All 6 of the Garstang players won 5 games and next week they travel to the current leaders, St. Andrews in a make or break match.

Penwortham A won their match against Whittle B, 14-4 to move into joint 2nd place on the tables. They are also 4 points behind the leaders as Laura Heaton & Alan Benningfield won 5 games each to be the best players on the night.

Whittle A lost 7-11 at home to Project 12 to remain at the foot of the table. Jonathan Jackson & Kat Platt won all 6 games.

In 5, Brindle managed to beat joint leaders, Clayton Crusaders E in a 12-6 win that keeps them in a healthy 3rd place on the tables. Clayton now go sole leaders of the division with the precious bonus point that was won in the very last game by Ben Armitage and Linda Langford who took the game in setting, 15-17. Nick Fish & Linda Kozera both won 6 to be the best players

St. Andrews D had a tight match this week with Penwortham B and the scores were tied after the levels with Andy’s winning the Men’s & Pen winning the Ladies. Philip Newsome & Emma Hindley took Andrews ahead when they won a pair in the opening mixed set & then Matt Barton & Emma Ryding built on this when they won a pair in the 6th set to take the score to     8-4. But then, the worm turned and a massive onslaught by Penwortham took place; they won all of the remaining 6 games to win the match 8-10 and left the Andrews players going home licking their wounds! The best player on the night was Luisa Malaney; she won all of her 6 games to be the LOTM & made the massive difference in those closing stages of the match.