Mid Lancs Week H

Report From Paul Eastham

In division 1 this week, Hawks A got beat 7-11 by David Lloyd who went temporarily top of the table early week by a point until CrossFeathers’ match last night. Sherya Kamath & Ruth Flatman took 5 games each to ensure the points went in the bag.

MGS B got beat by their own A team 6-12 and in the very last set it was Adrian Greenwood & Alex Mackie that won both games to help steal the bonus point from under the noses of their club mates. Jared Matthew & Rebecca Ashton won all of their 6.

St. Andrews A beat the bottom team MGS C 3-15 to stop in3rd place on the table. Liz Holt and new signing, Phil Livesey won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the night in the No 3 slot…. And next week they get to trash MGS B! J

Cross Feathers kept the lead at the top of the table when they beat Hawks B 15-3; Fay Andrews was statistically the best player on the night….but all three Ladies won there 6 games including Hayley Harrison &Rachael Graham. Next week, it’s the Biggy as all eyes are going to be on theDavid Lloyd Tennis Centre as the ex-Champions host the current champions, Cross Feathers and what a match that is gonna be….. and I just hope I won’t be disappointed!

In 2, Carlton B beat the hillbilly’s 13-5 to romp away with all 4 points and surge them up the tables. Jane Parkinson and Dave Boon won 5 games each to be the best two payers on the night.

Hawks C shot up the table with a fine 12-6 win over Clayton Crusaders B who remain below the dreaded red line despite stealing the bonus point in the very last game of the match. It was going to take some recovery from 6-2 down after the levels, but in the mixed Clayton held their own by splitting the opening 3 mixed sets to make a 9-5 score-line, but Jason Loffman & Gail Monk won both games in set 8 to take the win and Victor Chow & Ren Soni took that very last game to grab that vital bonus point that could make the difference at the end…who knows! Jason & Gail won 5 each to be the best players on the night.

MGS D got stuffed 1-17 by runaway leaders, Clitheroe A;only Trevor Brown & Mark Bradshaw stopping the complete whitewash by winning the single game in the 2nd Men’s set. Julie Bates was statistically the best player on the night.

This week in division 3 was seen as what is classed as a local derby between Mythop A & Garstang B & as expected Garstang came with a strong team. The Mythop marauding reporter arrived at the match from the league meeting & found a film theme running! The Mythop ladies couldn’t perform with the Garstang pair of Steph & Jen Tsang who gave an impressive “Sister Act” display winning the opening ladies doubles.There was no “Whoopee” for Helena Millenchip playing at 3rd lady forMythop who had to retire hurt. Garstang sportingly agreed to a substitute &our very own “Pocahontas” Wan Desmond had the understudy role!Garstang continued to be too strong for Mythop winning all 4 ladies. Mythop menhowever responded as “The 3 Musketeers” taking 3 out of 4 in thedoubles making the score 5/3 to the visitors. “The Avengers” Garstangmixed took the first 4 mixed games before Mythops 3rd pair steadied theTitanic” by winning the 1st game in set 7. Rob Cockerill & FranHellier then found their “Happy Feet” taking the 2nd game to get thewinning 10th game for Garstang. Colin Chisholm of Mythop had his D’Artagnanmoment gaining both games in set 8! The final set was split-match ending with ascore 11/7 to Garstang. The Oscar goes to Jen Tsang who was in “La LaLand” for getting all 6 games to be the best “Babe” of thenight!!

Thanks again to Pauline for such a cracking report that adds such humour to a badminton match.

St. Andrews C managed to overcome MGS E by 11 games to 7. The 3 points keeps them away from the dreaded red line, as the slow climb up the table continues. Richard Andrew & Fergus Munro won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night.

Hawks E had a crunch match this week with fellow strugglers Clayton Crusaders D as both teams are below the red line & the visitors didn’t waste any time in the levels as they romped away with a 2-6 lead. Joe Livesey & Maria Lyon won a pair in the opening mixed to pull the score back to 4-6, but Clayton won the next 4 games in a row to take the points back home with them. Final score, 7-11 as Esther Worthington won all of her 6 games to be the POTM & close the gap between the 2 sides.

In 4, Preston College had a battle with Penwortham B this week and found themselves 3-5 down after the levels as Johanna Huber managed to win all of her Ladies games to give the visitors the edge. College then won 2 sets in a row to go 7-5 ahead before a split set in the 7th took the score to 8-6. Dave Dunk wrapped up the points in the 8th with a 13& 8 point victory that took the hosts over the winning line. Dave Jackson& Luisa Malaney took the final pair of games to make the final score, 10-8.

Project 12 had a 14-4 max point victory over a 5 sided Whittle to climb into joint second position on the tables.

Penwortham A beat St. Andrews D 14-4 to stay out at the top by 10 clear points with the max point win. Laura Heaton was the POTM on the evening and the most resistance came from Seb Curry from St. Andrews, he won the 4 games won by his team.