Mid Lancs Week A

Report From Paul Eastham:

Hi Folks, I hope you all enjoyed our summer this year, but Autumn is upon us and that can mean only one thing…..here we go again… the 2018/19 badminton season is here & results/tables can be seen ‘live’ online at http://w.fixtureslive.com/

Thank you all again for all your prompt cards and I will update you when the handbooks are ready for distribution.

Division 1 started with MGS A taking on the current Champions, Cross Feathers and the host went 2-6 up straight away in the levels. A split mixed was followed by Ric Wallbank & Jen Rigby pulling a pair back for a 5-7 score line, but the visitors powered ahead in the remaining 3 sets, winning 5 of the 6 on offer to take a 6-12 win. Jared Matthew & Becky Ashton won the final game to snatch the bonus point. Ste & Fay Andrews both won 5 games each to be the best pair on the evening.

Hawks A beat their own B team 16-2 to shoot joint top of the early table. Michele was stat the best player on the night.

MGS B thrashed their own promoted C team 18-0 to go to top of the shop as Alex Mackie was stat the best player.

St. Andrews A thrashed Carlton A 18-0 to go joint top as Ash Gibson was stat the best player on the evening.

Only 2 matches survived in division 2 this week and the first one was relegated from division 1, Clitheroe A v promoted from division 3, Carlton B. Without beating about the bush, the hosts ran out 15-3 victors as Allison Leaver was stat best on the night.

Hawks C hosted the hillbilly’s this week and took max points in a 14-4 victory as the visitors went back up the M6 with nil-pwa!

Statistically, it was Jason Loffman who was the best player on the evening & helped his team to climb to joint top.

In 3, newly promoted Mythop A hosted MGS E and I love it when I get a match report from on the ground!   “Hi Paul, close opening match for Mythop A & MGS E last night. Newcomer Ling Fang making her league debut in Mid Lancs for Mythop got off to a flyer ably assisted by Emma Dean winning 3 out of 4 ladies. Mythop were 5/3 up after the level doubles & the first 4 mixed going Mythop’s way with Chris Porter fresh from his Aussie trip saying G’day & raced away with game 6. MGS then fought back taking 4 of the next 6 mixed with a battle royal in the last set which were split 17/15 & 16/17! Emma Dean was best on the night winning 5 games in the 11-7 win.

Thanks Pauline Mythop BC” …Thank YOU Pauline for giving us a flavour of the match as a roving reporter!

St. Andrews C took on Evergreens B at home & the match was all square after the levels before Furgus & Sarah Munroe took a pair in the opening mixed set to go 6-4 in front. A tight split 6th set was followed by Phil Barlow & Susan Bullen taking both games in the 7th set to square the match again. Andy’s then put their foot down to win the remaining 4 games to run out 11-7 victors on the evening. The POTM (equality has now come into play!) was Furgus, he won all his 6 in the No 1 slot.

Garstang B who were promoted last season came across Clitheroe B in their 1st match and things didn’t get off to a good start as their new hall wasn’t available at the last minute due to having exams in its hall. However, after much frantic texting & emails, Garstang managed to get in touch with their visitors & offer them an alternative venue for the evening, so it was game on! At the end of the levels, Garstang were on a roll at 6-2 up & after a split opening mixed set, both games in set 6 were conceded by Clitheroe due to an injury to take the score to 9-3. Garstang then went onto winning the match in the next game before the visitors won the remaining 5 games to take the final match score to 10-8.

Hawks E got beat by their own D team 2-16 as Dan Whittle was stat the best payer to take the D team into pole position.

Clayton Crusaders C beat their own D team 14-4 to go joint top of the table with Hawks D & it was Cameron Higgins who did most of the damage and took home the POTM award home for taking all of his 6 games on the night.

In division 4, the last surviving Whittle team moved their venue to Wellfield & hosted Brindle for their first fixture & what a corker it was. The opening men’s was won by the visitors & the ladies was won by the hosts before the next levels were won by Stephen Hudson & Les Halton who won a pair in set 3. A split in the final ladies meant that the score going into the mixed was 3-5. Whittle then went ahead, winning the next 4 games to go 7-5 & then the 7th was split for a 8-6 score line. The 8th set was a nail-biting cracker were Nick Fish & Amanda Berry won both games 15-17 to set up an 8 al classic. Simon Hardacre & Carol Heaton won the opening game 15-13, but Les Halton & Catherine Dobson won the final game to earn the visitors a well-earned draw. Best on the night was Caro Heaton & Joan Smalley who picked up 5 games each.

Project 12 lost their opening match to new team in our league, Mythop B. In the 5-13 win Daniel Cooper won 6 to be POTM.

Penwortham A beat their own B team 15-3 to shoot to the top of the table. Dave Jackson & Luisa Malaney winning the 3 mixed games stopped the total whitewash. Alan Turner & Caroline Coxon picked up all of their 6 to be the best pair on the night.

 As a reminder to all those who follow fixtures live emphatically; in this division (4), it shows Clayton Crusaders E as having ‘Friendly’s’. This NOT the case as there is NO Clayton E anymore!