Report From Paul Eastham
Week C kicked off in division 1 when Carlton A hosted MGS C and got off to a flying start by winning 7 of the 8 levels games. They went through the winning line in the rest of the mixed sets only losing 4 in all over the entire match to leave MGS at the rock bottom of the table. At least MGS got their 1st division 1 games of the season! Andrea Neville was stat best on the night.
MGS A fell 5-13 at home this week when they hosted David Lloyd. The match didn’t get off to good start as Katie Dixon Turner was unwell and conceded most of her 6 allocated games in the match. A hard uphill struggle then for MGS to play against a David Lloyd team & found themselves only winning 5 games to give the visitors all 4 pts. Matt Timms won 4 games to be best.
Hawks A crashed at home when they lost 4-14 to St. Andrews A, who stay in a commanding position with the 4 max points. The table topping team are now without Ash Gibson who confirmed to me this week he has ruptured his achilles tendon L
MGS B beat Hawks B moved into the dizzy heights of 2nd place on the tables with a 15-3 max point win over Hawks B. Adrian Greenwood, Alex Mackie & Lynn Hosegood all picked up 6 games…Take a snap of the tables guys; it’s Cross Feathers next week!
In division 2, Clitheroe A went sole top of the table with a 15-3 win over Crusaders B; Jess Portas was stat the best player.
Top of the table, Hawks C were held to a draw by Evergreens A who played their opening match of the season. The tight match started with 3 of the levels sets being split & Evergreens taking a pair in the 1st Ladies to go 3-5 up. A split opening mixed set was followed by Mo Suleman & Gail Monk winning both in the 6th set to square the match. Adam Wilman & Lynette Tidy struck back for the visitors, winning both games to 11, to go 6-8 ahead & set 8 was split to leave a nail-biting final set. Callum Douglas & Jackie Atherton took both games 12 & 4 to snatch a draw with a huge sigh of relief for the home team, but now drop into 2nd.
MGS D zoomed up the table this week with a 4 point max win over Garstang A. They got off the mark with a 15-3 win as Cheryl Parry, Alison Parkinson-Truman & Mark Bradshaw all won their allotted 6 games. Carlton B are up next week guys!
Clayton Crusaders A played Carlton B this week & got off to a good 5-3 start after the levels. In the mixed, the hosted won the next 3 sets to plough through the winning line, but failed to gain all 4 points as in the final game of the match, Paul Smith & Janice Schofield took it 12-15 to snatch the bonus point in a final score of 12-6. And attached to the card was a few words from team captain, Ali…Great friendly game thanks to some uncontrollable giggles in one of the ladies and a superman like dive from Neil A-Jones in his mixed match. He’s annoyed as no one recorded it and there’s no cctv, so I’ll nominate him for MOTM…..!
In 3, Pauline sent me another fab courtside report…..Mythop A felt they were part of the “Great Escape” this week as they anticipated a tough match against early season league leaders Hawks D. The visitors arrived without numerous key players-however; they set of at some pace with J Mistry & J Tighe showing their strength running away with the first 4 games. Mythop rallied winning 3 out of 4 of the remaining levels before stepping up to grab 8 of the mixed to win 11/7. Colin Chisholm of Mythop claiming 5 out of 6 on the night. It was great to see Chris Smerdon playing for Hawks after a serious leg injury 4 years ago. He showed some super touches on court before pulling up in his last game. We wish him well for the rest of the season. (We ran out of court time to finish the last game)….Pauline
Garstang B had a stomping match against Clayton Crusaders D & got off to a near perfect start when they went 7-1 up after the levels. A split opening mixed set was followed by an onslaught from Crusaders who went on to win 7 of the remaining 8 games to snatch a draw from right under the noses of Garstang. Simon Tebbutt won 5 games to be the best player on the night.
Sometimes when I get up early & start downloading the previous night’s match results, I have sleep in my eyes & when I glanced at the Hawks E v St. Andrews C card… I thought I was dreaming; 15-3, yes 15-3 to Hawks E; Hawks E who haven’t won a point in over a year, never mind a match and all 4 points at that! They must have made a mistake I thought & got the scores the wrong way round….. nope!….. played ringers….. nope!….. played a weak Andy’s team….. nope!…. maybe they went to the pub & bribed Andy’s… Hmm, maybe that could have happened!!! However, in the cracking win, Maria Lyon & Kelly Anderson won all their 6 games to be the best players on the night & I’m sure I will wake up soon, possibly in the shower with Bobby Ewing!! J
Clayton Crusaders C got beat 3-15 at home by Clitheroe B who move joint top of the table with the 4 point max win. Pete Wright won all his 6 to be crowned the POTM on the night playing in the No 3 Men’s slot.
Evergreens B lost 7-11 at home to MGS E who go into 3rd on the tables; Amanda Hodkinson won 5 games to be the best player.
In division 4, Preston College had a relativity easy win this week over Evergreens C. David Dunk & Julian Smith won all of their 6 games in the 15- 3 max point win to be the best players on the evening & help keep the team in an early healthy position.
St. Andrews D had a cocker of a match with the early table toppers, Mythop B. At 5-3 up Andy’s were breezing along, but in the mixed, Mythop fought back as they won the 4 opening mixed games to go 5-7 ahead. In the 7th set, Phil Newsome & Jane Godsland won a pair to square the match before Mark Green & Julie Bennett took Mythop 7-9 up. In the final nail-biting set, Seb Curry & Anne Ashworth won the opening game 15-13 to give Andy’s a fighting chance of snatching a draw, but George Green & Maureen Turner won the last game 9-15 to win the match 8-10. The 3 point win keeps the new team on top of the table, as Mark took home the POTM award for taking all of his 6 games & helping the team win 3 points on the night.
Whittle climbed up the table this week with a 14-4 home win over Penwortham B; Simon Hardacre was stat the best player.
Penwortham A remain the only team in the division so far to take maximum points as they beat Brindle 14-4. Laura Heaton was the POTM on the evening for taking all her 6 games & help the team move into a healthy 2nd spot on the tables.