Mid Lancs Week G

Report From Paul Eastham

Division 1 started this week with Carlton losing 5-13 at home to Cross Feathers who now take sole spot at the top of the table with a 2 point cushion. At the beginning of the match, Carlton held their own, winning 3 of the levels games before being pounded in the mixed. In the final set with the score being at 4-12, Andy Wiseman & Cath Bagley won the 1st game 15-8 to give a glimmer of hope of salvaging a point out of the match, but Ste Andrews & Hayley Harrison took the final game of the match 10-15 to seal the maximum points. In the 5-13 win, it was Rach Graham who was statistically the best player on the night.

MGS A had a good win at home over Hawks B; they thrashed them 18-0 as Becky Ashton was statistically the best player.

Hawks A were breezing in their match against MGS B being 6-2 up after the levels including Andy Owen winning all of the 4 Men’s games. However in the mixed MGS started an assault on the hosts, they won 4 games in a row to claw the score back level and this was followed by a split 7th set before Adrian Greenwood & Alex Mackie took both in the 8th to take MGS up to an incredible 7-9 lead. In the nail-biting final set, Nick Hodgson & Beth Cowell held their nerve as they won both games 15-7 and 17-15 to help squeeze a draw out of the match. So, after a cracking start, Hawks were fortunate to earn a draw out of the match; Andy Owen was the best player on the night, winning 5 and ‘Top Gun’, Tom Lowe failed to show any his ‘own’ self-reputation by losing both of the final 2 games that would have brought the points back home to MGS.
MGS C had another nightmare week as the again got thrashed 0-18 by David Lloyd who move into 2nd place.

Division 2 started with top of the table Clitheroe A beating Garstang A 12-6. For the hosts. It was the 1st point that they have dropped all season and until now remained the only side in the league to have had a clean sheet. 2 split Men’s & all 4 Ladies won by Jess Portas saw Clitheroe get a quick 6-2 lead. A split opening mixed set was followed by Damian Cooke & Aqsa Adam taking a pair in the 6th to make the score 9-3. The 7th was again split to give Clitheroe the win, but in the 8th, Dan Nixon & Jen Tsang won both games to earn Garstang the bonus point & be the 1st team to have taken a point off the leaders. Jess & Allison Leaver both won 5 games each to be the best players for Clitheroe & Dan won 4 of the 6 took by Garstang.

Hawks C had a tight match with MGS D this week and were 5-3 up going into the mixed as Emmy Dainty won all of her 4 Ladies. Matt Seddon & Cheryl Parry squared the match in the opening mixed set with a 15-17 & 8-15 victory. Mo Suleman & Gail Monk took Hawks back in front again with a pair in the 6th. Mark Bradshaw & Alison Parkinson-Truman evened the score once again at 7 all with a pair in the 7th. Then in the 8th Matt & Cheryl won both games to 11 & 10 to take MGS to nail-biting 7-9 lead. In the crucial final set, Callum Douglas & Jackie Atherton took the 1st game 15-12 before losing the final game 6-15 to Mark & Alison who obviously regrouped to win the match 8-10 for MGS. Matt was the star on the night, he won all his 6 to be the POTM.

Clayton Crusaders A beat a five side Evergreens A 17-1 to keep in 2nd place on the tables. Neil A Jones won 5 games and with 2 challenging matches on the horizon; St Andrews B & leaders Clitheroe… it will be interesting how Clayton will respond.

In 3, Garstang B got thrashed 2-16 at home by table toppers, Hawks D; only Steph Tsang & Diane Hoston taking both games in the Ladies set that stopped the complete whitewash. Anne Robinson was stat the best player on the night & they stop top!

Hawks E lost 4-14 at home to Mythop A who retain a very strong 3rd place on the table as all 3 men, Chris Porter, Mark Green & Jason Lydon won their 6 games to assist in the 4 point maximum win. Maria Lyon won all her 4 Ladies games for Hawks.

MGS E shot up the table this week with a 14-4 win over Clayton D; blast from the past, Martin Meadows & Marnie Stewart (who is aged 14 & playing her very 1st match in Mid Lancs) won all of their 6 games to assist in the win.

Crusaders C lost 7-11 at home to St. Andrews C. Furgus Munro won all his 6 to be POTM & claws the team above the red line.

Evergreens B got beat 2-16 by Clitheroe B who retain joint 1st place with Hawks D; Gill Fourie was statistically the best player.

In division 4, “No “Parkin” problems for this Bonfire night fixture at Lytham YMCA between Mythop B & Penwortham B! The match exploded into a Firecracker from the start with Mythop’s Crackling Comets-Dan Cooper & Jasper Vijayakumar only conceding 2 points in the opening game. The Mythop men continued their Barrage winning all 4 doubles. Penwortham lit their own fuse by taking all 4 ladies with Johanna Huber & Luisa Malaney being the lady sparklers, also only conceding 2 points in the second doubles match. Game 5 was split making it 5 all before Air bomb Mark Green soared ahead to take Mythop into a 7/5 lead. The match continued spinning like a Catherine Wheel with 2 further split mixed games before Mark Green being the Jumping Jack of the night winning all 6, made the final score 11/7”.Another Cracker from Pauline!

Preston College had a battle with Project 12 this week in a mid-table clash. With College winning 2 Ladies and a single Men’s game they found themselves 3-5 down after the levels and went deeper into trouble when they lost their opening mixed set to Jonathan Jackson & Kat Platt. Dave Dunk & Janet Keys immediately stuck back in the 6th by winning a pair to take the score to  5-7. Paul Whitehouse & Sarah Coultas then took a pair in the 7th to take the visitors 5-9 up before a split 8th set took Project 12 over the winning line. Mick & Hazel Bradshaw won the final set games to 7 to make the final score on the evening 8-10.

Penwortham A thrashed Evergreens C 18-0 to stay clear leaders at the top of the table with a 6 point cushion. James Vindon & Karen Kenyon come closest to snatching a game in the 6th set at 17-14, but other than that the runaway leaders pretty much had the points in the bag going into the mixed. Alan Benningfield was statistically the best player on the evening in 3rd spot.