Mid Lancs Week E

Message From Paul Eastham:


In Division 1 this week, MGS A had a close shave with Hawks A and soon found themselves on the ropes being 3-5 down after the levels. A split opening mixed was followed by Andy Owen & Jenny Mx taking a pair to take Hawks 4-8 up; but in the 7th, Tim Vickers & Katie Dixon-Turner won a pair to claw the score back to 6-8. The 8th was split and in the final set Jared Matthew & Becky Ashton won both games 15-6 & a nail-biting 17-14 to save MGS’ blushes & draw the match 9 all. Becky & Andy won 5.

The bottom of the table clashed this week when both promotees, Hawks B & MGS C met at Clayton & someone had to win… or did they? The visitors found themselves 5-3 up after the doubles, but Dan Porter & Amanda Hodkinson won both in the opening mixed set to square the match for MGS. This was followed by Hawks ploughing on the pressure by winning 4 games in a row to take the score onto 9-5 & on the brink of a win with 4 games to play; but MGS fought back hard and held their neve to take all of those remaining 4 games to salvage a draw from the fixture. Dan Porter was the POTM on the night for taking all of his 6.

St. Andrews A, hungry for their 1st title for over 9 years hosted last year’s Champs, Cross Feathers. It wasn’t the kind of top of the table clash I was expecting as the visitors crushed Andy’s a massive 2-16 to go joint top of the table with them, but have a match in hand. Fay Andrews was statistically the best player on the night with the max point win. Where was Captain Steve Taylor on the evening?………. he was rekindling his youth hood from 10 years ago when he was an A level student, visiting Betws-y-Coed in Wales on a biology trip, but now as a teacher as his team was getting battered!

David Lloyd appeared to made light work of Carlton A as the score was 14-4, but a little footnote from Alan Clarkson attached to the card, said that it was a good match & quite a handy team, with the final score not doing them any justice & a good spirited match. Alan, Joanna Holt & Ruth Flatman won all their 6 games to help thrust David Lloyd into a challenging 3rd place

In division 2, Clitheroe A beat Hawks C 14-4 to take max points again & be the early favourites to be Champions of the division. Keith Ashton, Allison Lever & Jess Portas all won their 6 to help in the win that keeps them the only team to have taken max pts.

MGS D got beat 5-13 at home by Clayton Crusaders A who move up into 2nd place on the table with the 4 point max win.

Meanwhile Clayton B got beat 7-11 by St Andrews B and 4 of those won by the hosts were given to them as Matt Norris conceded his remaining games due to being off colour. Karolyn Hustler won all her 6 to be the POTM & help push them into 2nd.

Evergreens A’s poor start to this season continued when they took on Carlton B who beat them 3-15 to remain at the bottom.

In 3, I had another courtside report from Pauline ‘’The clash between Mythop A & Clayton Crusaders C was always going to be a close match based on the earlier league results so far & what a “Roller-Coaster” it was! Overall there were 6 split sets with 3 in the opening levels before Mythop men had Clayton on the “rails” in the 2nd men’s. Score 5/3 to the hosts after the doubles. Two split mixed followed before game 7 which was the “Big one” gave Mythop a 9/5 lead. Cameron Higgins & Jade Thornhill of Clayton caused a “Revolution” in game 8 with their nets shots sending Mythop “off track” by pulling the score back to 9/7.Chris Porter & Linda Settle of Mythop applied the “brakes” grabbing the vital game in the final split set to win 10/8. Jason Lydon of Mythop was the “Icon” on the night with 5 out of 6 games. Thank you Pauline, brill as usual!!!

St. Andrews C fell 6-12 at home to visitors, Clitheroe B. At 2-6 down after the levels Andy’s were on the ropes & when Daryl Smith Houghton & Jenny Woods won both games in the opening mixed set, the writing was on the wall. Richard Andrew & Zoe Watts won the 6th to take the score to 4-8 to give the hosts a glimmer of hope, but Clitheroe ploughed on & took the next 4 games to win the match; however the leaders of the division, lost a game in the final set to hand over the vital bonus point to Andrews. Final score, 6-12 as Pete Wright & Lauren Davies won 5 to be best on the night & help keep the team in joint 1st place.

Garstang B managed to beat their opponents, Hawks E this week & in a score-line of 11-7, Lee Meakin & Steph Tsang won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the night. Despite the loss Hawks have earned another pt & pull away from the ‘usual’ spot!

Hawks D took on their nearest rivals on the table, MGS E & got off to a good start by winning 5 of the opening levels games. Dan White & Maxine Watson won a pair in the 1st missed set to take the score to 7-3, but in the 6th, Phil Rhodes (AKA Neddy No 2) & Lorna Hopper won both to pull the score back to 7-5. The 7th was split before Graham & Anne Robinson took a pair in the 8th to win the match for Hawks & Dan & Maxine won the final 2 games to take the final score to 12-6; Maxine was also the POTM on the evening for winning all of their 6 games to help keep the team in joint 1st place with Clitheroe B.

Clayton Crusaders D remained at the bottom of the table when Evergreens B beat them 5-13. Karen Kenyon won 5 games.

In 4, Whittle played Preston College this week, but no card appeared in time for the report & a £10 fine is imposed on them.

Project 12 lost 6-12 this week at home to Penwortham A. It’s funny, because in their previous meetings in the cup & league, Project 12 has always been the team that has walked away with a win said Laura from Penwortham, who described their hosts as their bogey team… so it was nice to get the win (shame about not getting all 4 points!) Anyway, Penwortham went a massive 0-8 in front as they won all of the levels games before Project began their fightback in the mixed. However, as the final score suggested, it was not to be this time for the hosts, as their usual mixed strength failed them. Laura Heaton & Alan Benningfield were the best players on the night, they took 5 games and all of their levels games to assist Penwortham in the cracking start.

Penwortham B took max pts with a 13-5 win over St. Andrews D as Cathryn Jackson & Luisa Malaney won all of their 6 games.