Mid Lancs – Week T

Resumption of fixtures started in Division 1 this week when Carlton A hosted joint runners up, St Andrews A. The visitors didn’t mess about, they got off to a 2-6 flying start being 2-6 up after the levels and then only lost 2 more games in the match for a 4-14 win to keep in sole 2nd place on the tables. Ash Gibson & Karolyn Hustler won all their 6 games on the night.

Hawks A got thrashed 1-17 by leaders of the division Cross Feathers to keep a 6 point lead at the top; only Andy Owen & Chris Chu winning the 1 game to stop the total whitewash. Rach Graham was statistically the best player on the night.

Clayton Crusaders A suffered another loss this week at the hands of MGS B who virtually send them tumbling back into division 2 next season with a 3-15 win. Adrian Greenwood, Alex Mackie & Jenny Stothard won all their 6 in the 4 pt win.

In a crunch match at David Lloyds pad, the struggling Champs took on current joint place team, MGS A who were 3 points ahead of them prior to the match kicking off. At the end of the levels the score was tied at 4 & then Jared Matthew & Rebecca Ashton won the opening mixed set to take MGS into a 4-6 lead. Alan Clarkson & Joanna Holt won both games to 12 & 14 to even the score again. The 7th was split before Jared & Rebecca won a pair over Alan & Joanna to go 7-9 ahead going into the nail-biting final set which was split to give MGS a 8-10 victory & a clean sweep of wins over the Champs this year! In the 3 point win that drops MGS down to 3rd place, Rebecca was the LOTM on the night for winning all of her 6 games.

In division 2, St. Andrews B lost 1-17 at home to leaders, Hawks B as Amit Patel & Matt Norris stopped the complete whitewash by winning the single game. The 4 point max win ensures that Hawks are now the Champions of the division and an old partnership from the days of Grimshaw Street paired up again after 22 years; Caz Grimbaldeston & Chris Smith.. Wow!

Hawks C took all 4 points in a 13-5 home win over Clayton B to virtually guarantee their safety and relegate their opponents. The best player & LOTM on the evening was Gail Monk, she won all of her 6 games on the night to assist in the vital win.

In Division 3, the Champions of the division, Carlton B thrashed Hawks D 17-1, only Kelly Anderson & Jane Tighe stopping the total whitewash by winning the 1 game. Dave Boon was statistically the best player on the evening.

MGS F, who still mathematically are still not out of the relegation woods hosted Clitheroe B in a tight match & were on the ropes at 3-5 down after the levels. Rees & Cheryl Parry won the opening mixed set to even the match at 5 all. Dave Bird & Lorna Hopper won a pair in the 6th to take MGS into a 7-5 lead before Stuart Davey & Louise Burrill won both in set 7 to even the match once more. In the 8th, Dave & Lorna won both games to 12 & 10 to take MGS into a 9-7 lead. Stuart & Louise then won the opening game 7-15 in the last set to take the match score to 9-8 & Clitheroe to within a whisper of earning a draw, but Rees & Cheryl held their nerve in the final game to win the match 10-8 for MGS to virtually keep the team up.

Clayton Crusaders C hosted runners up, Garstang A who went back to the fort with 3 points in an 7-11 win.

In 4, Mythop in a tight match managed to overcome Clayton Crusaders D by a fine score line of 10-8. The hosts got off to a cracking start, winning the opening levels games and being 5-3 ahead at the end of set 4. They then built on this in the opening mixed set were Chris Porter & Linda Settle won a pair to take a 7-3 lead. A split 6th set was followed by another split set in the 7th were Colin Chisholm gained an injury for Mythop & conceded the 2nd game in that set to take the score to 9-5. In the 8th, Carl Charlesworth & Chris Cochrane won both games for Clayton to 13 & 11 to set up a nail-biting final set were Chris & Linda would battle it out against Claytons Robert Langford & Esther Worthington at a score of 9-7. Robert & Esther won the 1st games 12-15 & then Chris & Linda held their nerve (not like the onlookers) to take the final game 15-9 to win the match 10-8 for Mythop. The result keeps Mythop at the top of the table given the result below and it was mainly down to Chris & Linda who won 5 of their 6 to assist in the 3 crucial title chasing points won on the evening with 2 matches in hand.

Garstang B had a critical match at the fort this week when they hosted leaders of the division, St. Andrews C who were just 2 points ahead of them at the start of the match. The visitors got off to a cracking start by winning the opening 6 games & Garstang pulling a pair back in the 4th to go into the mixed sets with a score line of 2-6. A split set in the opener took it to 3-7 before Graham Forrest & Gill Gornall took a pair for Andy’s to go into a 3-9 lead. A mini comeback was all in vain as Richard Andrew & Jane Godsland took the required game in the 8th to set up a final score of 8-10 to leave Andrews in joint to place with Mythop & open a 4 point gap between them & Garstang B. Graham was the MOTM for winning his 6 crucial games!

Penwortham A had a shock defeat (well it shocked me!) when they got beat 7-11 at home to Project 12. Jonathan Jackson was the MOTM on the night in the No 1 slot for winning all of his 6 games…. But is the win too little too late for Project 12?

Whittle A lost to their own B team in an 8-10 defeat.

In 5, Brindle had an ever so tight match with Preston College B this week and entered the mixed events with the score all square at 4 all. The opening mixed set was split before Nick Fish & Linda Kozera took a pair in the 6th set to take a 7-5 lead for the hosts. Another split set was followed by College’s Dave Dunk & Jan Harrison winning a pair in the 8th to tie the scores again and set up a nail biting 8 all classic. Brindle’s Steve Hudson & Amanda Berry held their nerve and won both games to 3 & 7 to win the match 10-8 and earn 3 valuable points. The result keeps Brindle in a very healthy 3rd place on the tables, 4 points behind a promotion spot with 3 games to go. Dave & Jan won 5 to be the best players on the evening despite losing!

Second place team, Preston College A turned out just 5 players for an eye watering clash with the leaders of the division, Penwortham B in which could solve who takes which silverware at the end of the season. Despite the 0-6 lead going into the match, Penwortham only managed to win a further 2 games to make a final score of 10-8 to College. Mick & Hazel Bradshaw won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night and  help to win the ‘up hill struggle’ victory to close the gap between the two sides to 5 points with College having 2 matches in hand over Penwortham.

Evergreens C were breezing after the levels being a massive 7-1 up after the levels when they hosted Clayton E. But in the mixed sets a massive turnaround happened which included the visitors winning the last 6 games in a row to pull off a fab draw as the hosts only won 2 more games in the match. Will Logan won 5 of his 6 to be the best player on the night.