Mid Lancs Week B

This week in Division 1, Carlton A had a cracking home match against MGS B; they got off with a brilliant 7-1 start in the levels, but were pinned back down in the mixed as MGS fought hard to salvage something out of the match. A split opening mixed set was followed by John Bowker & Sian Meakin winning a pair in the 6th to win the match, but MGS fought back to steal the bonus point from them as the final match score was finalised at 11-7.

MGC C wanted to go up last year into the elite division, because they had earned the right and fancied the challenge! Well, for the second week on the trot they got thrashed 0-18, this time by their own A team who now move into 2nd place on the tables. Jared Matthew was statistically the best player on the night; as for the C team…. I think the pain is gonna continue all season!

David Lloyd opened their account this week when they hosted St. Andrews A. At the end of the levels, David Lloyd found themselves 3-5 down & went further in trouble when Ash Gibson & Liz Holt won a pair in the opening mixed set to go 4 ahead. Alan Clarkson & Joanna Holt won their opening mixed games to pull the score back to 5-7, but in the 7th set Ste Taylor & Nicki McGrath won both games to take the score to 5-7. In the crucial 8th set, Alan & Joanna too on Ash & Liz, but disaster stuck for Andy’s as Ash retired hurt after a suspect Achiles injury & had to concede both games (7-9). However, in the final set, Ste & Nicki managed to win the last 2 games, both to a nail-biting 13 to win the match 7-11 & go joint top of the table as Nicki was the POTM on the night, taking all of her 6 games…. Would have it been Ash?…… who knows!!!! J  (Speedy recovery mate!)

Cross Feathers built on last week’s success by beating Hawks A 15-3 to sit jointly at the top of the table with St. Andrews A.

In division 2, St. Andrews B got their season off to a flying start then they thrashed MGS D 17-1; only Mark Bradshaw & Alison Parkinson-Truman stopped the total whitewash by winning the single game. Furgus Munro was stat the best on the night.

Carlton B beat Hawks C 11-7 to notch up their 1st win of the season & despite being on the losing team, it was Gail Monk who was the best player on the night; she won 5 of the 7 games taken for Hawks on the night in the No 2 slot.

Garstang A hosted Clayton Crusaders A at the Fort this week. The score was all square at the end of the levels, as Ren Soni picked up a shoulder injury in the opening Ladies set & retired….for now! Clayton then soldiered on, winning 8 of the 10 mixed games including Ren, who came back onto the court & took one of her games with Neil A Jones! Final score at the fort was 6-12 as Daniel Nixon & Serena Hindle won a game in the final set to grab the bonus point. Azam Sharif was POTM for taking 6.

In division 3, Clitheroe B thrashed Hawks E 18-0 to leave their visitors in their usual spot….the bottom of the table! L

Hawks D beat Crusaders C 15-3 to stay unbeaten at the top of the table; Jane Tighe was stat the best win the 3rd Ladies spot.

MGS E hosted Garstang B at Wellfield and it turned out to be a cracker. Both teams took a pair of Men’s and a pair of Ladies to go into the mixed a square at 4 all. Trevor Brown & Lorna Hopper took the opening mixed set 7 & 13 followed by Simon Tebbutt & Jane Gray winning a pair in the 6th to even the match up at 6 all again. Phil Rhodes & Beth Andrews took MGS 6-6 up again by taking both in the 7th & then up stepped Robert Cockerill & Frances Hellier to win both games for Garstang to set up an 8 all classic. Trevor & Lorna held their nerve & took both games to 3 & 2 to win the match 10-8 for MGS E. Lorna was the POTM on the evening for winning a fabulous 6 games in crucial stages of the match which gave her team the 3 point win.

In 4, Brindle took on the only surviving Preston College team left in the league and what a close match it was. The opening Men’s was won 17-14 & 15-13 by Steve Hudson & Nick Fish and on the adjoining court, Hazel Bradshaw & Carol Raby won a pair for college to keep the match even at 2 all. Sets 3 & 4 were split before College went 4-6 ahead in the opening mixed to give the visitors the edge. Set 6 was split before Steve & his partner Amanda Berry took a pair (15-9 & 17-14) to square the match once again at 7 all. The 8th set was won by Mick & Hazel Bradshaw won drilled away a 4 & 2 pair to go 7-9 up for the visitors. Nick & his partner Miriam Charlesworth won the opening game of the final set, 17-15 before Dave Dunk & Janet Keys won the very last game 11-15 for College to set up a 8-10 victory. Hazel was the POTM for winning all of her 6 games.

New team this season, Mythop B, hosted Whittle and again, I had Pauline, my roving reporter on the ground to feedback a flavour of the match. ‘’ Both Mythop B & Whittle had cars delayed getting to this match following a police chase (unrelated!) on the M55! They then created their own game of cops & robbers both setting their 2nd men’s & ladies games. Scores all even at 2/2 before Mythop “raced” away with the next 4 games to make it 6/2. Whittle then “gave chase” winning 4 mixed but Daniel Cooper of Mythop found “top gear” being MOTM gaining 6 games by catching game 7. Mark Green “stepped on the gas” in the final mixed to make the score 12/6. Carol Heaton being the best visitor on the night winning 5 out of 6 & helped her team gain a well deserved point.’’  Pauline (MBC.) ……… Thanks Pauline, absolutely brill.

St. Andrews D had a home fixture against Project 12 this week and the match started with 3 split levels sets & Seb Curry & Phil Newsome winning a Men’s pair to go 5-3 up. But in the mixed sets, Project 12 showed no mercy as they powered their way through the winning post by taking 8 of the 10 games on offer for a final score of 7-11.

Penwortham B hosted Evergreens C and found themselves in hot water straight away going 2-6 down after the levels. But in the mixed, they took 8 of the 10 games on offer to pull off a terrific 10-8 win after such a poor start. Cathryn Jackson & Luisa Malaney won 5 games each to be the best players on the night and help turn the match around on its head.

Paul.