Mid Lancs – Week N

In division 1 Carlton A finished off any hopes of a five sided David Lloyd having a shout of any silverware this year with a 13-5 win over them. Natalie Appleyard won 5 of her 6 games to help take all of the 4 points from the ex-Champs.

Hawks A had a tight match against MGS A and got off to a cracking start as they won 6 of the 8 level sets including Andy Owen winning all his 4 games for a lead of 6-2. But in the mixed, MGS came back into the match by winning 4 games in a row to square the match, but Andy & Jenny MX won both games in set 7 to take a 8-6 lead. The final 2 sets were spit to give a final score of 10-8 and puts both teams on level points in joint 4th. Andy was the POTM for winning all of his 6 games.

In the drop zone, MGS C took on Hawks B for a scrape of pride rather than vital points. The scores were level at the end of the levels and in the opening mixed set, Dan Porter & Danya Lewis Baron took a pair to take MGS ahead 6-4. Then Hawks stepped on the pedal as the next 4 mixed games went to the visitors (6-8). A split 8th set up a crucial final set in which Chris Hoyle & Caz Grimbaldeston won both games to 8 & 12 to take the match 7-11 for Hawks. Captain Caz was the POTM for winning all of her 6 games and on the basis of that result, both teams can now look forward to a more relaxed season in division 2 next year!

Cross Feathers had a home clash this week with St. Andrews A which was billed to be ‘the’ title crunching match! The opening Men’s set was tight and was won by Joe Steele & Andy Fowler 15-17 & 13-15; but the score at the end of the levels was 5-3 as Cross Feathers swept the Ladies as Fay Andrews took all her 4 games. A split opening mixed set was then followed by Mike Johnson & Rach Graham winning both games in the 6th to go 8-4 ahead. Steve Taylor & Nicki McGrath won a pair in the 7th to pull the score back to 8-6, but in the 8th, Mike & Rach grabbed the victory & on the other court Steve & Nicki took both games to make it a down to the wire final score of 10-8. Andy’s now still lead the table by a single pt, but Cross Feathers have a match in hand & now are the favourites to lift the shield again. Rach was the POTM for taking all of her 6, but I heard on my magical grapevine that the true Man of the Match was Steve Taylor, he played his little cotton socks off to be the star on the evening!!!

In 2, Carlton B had a close shave with bottom team, Evergreens A this week and found themselves on the ropes after the levels as the visitors took a 3-5 lead. After a split opening mixed set, Paul Smith & Jane Parkinson won a pair in the 6th set to even the scores at 6 all. Another split set in the 7th was again followed by Paul & Jane taking both to 12 & 11 to take the score to 9-7.  Dave Boon & Heather Johnson wrapped up proceedings by taking the game required for the win. Paul won 5 in the 10-8 win.

St. Andrews B had a nail-biter with Clayton Crusaders B, who are rooted in the drop zone. Andy’s got off to a flying start as they went 5-3 ahead in the levels. Paul Baker & Janette Norris won the opening mixed set before a split set took place in the 6th to take the match score to 8-4. Then a brave fightback by Clayton took place as they won 4 games in a row to tie the match at 8 all & produce an absolute tense classic finale. Indeed it was a nervous end to a match as Paul & Janette managed to squeeze both games 15-12 & a setting 17-14 to win the match 10-8. Janette was the star on the night, she also won all her 6 to be the POTM.

Hawks C got beat 0-18 by the leaders of the division, Clitheroe A as Debbie Joyce was the best player on the night.

Clayton Crusaders A beat MGS 11-7, but Ali forgot to attach the card so at the time of report writing??????  The only thing I can say is that Clayton maintain a healthy runners up spot, 5 points ahead of 3rd place Carlton with 2 matches in hand.

In division 3 Clitheroe B had a cracking 13-5 home win over St. Andrews C to stay top of the table by 3 points. Jenny Woods was the POTM on the evening in this match for taking all her 6 games & Furgus Munro took all 5 of the games won by Andy’s.

Hawks E managed to scrape the bonus point in the very last game when they played Garstang B at home. The scores were tied at 4 all after the levels as Hawks took all the Ladies in which Jean Egan took all hers and Garstang won all the 4 Men’s as Andy Smerdon took all his 4. Then in the mixed, there was an onslaught by Garstang, they won 8 of the 10 on offer to win the match    6-12 & as I stated earlier, Dave Sherrington & Maria Lyon stole the bonus point in the last game of the match. Lee Meakin was crowned the POTM on the night for winning all his 6 games as Hawks are still 2 points from the safety line.

MGS E got beat 4-14 at home by 2nd place team, Hawks D who with the 4 max points keep 3 points behind the leaders with a match in hand & also a massive 14 above the promotion line. Ian Hayhurst was the POTM on the evening for all of his 6 games.

Crusaders C has a tight match this week when they hosted Mythop A and in the levels, Rachelle Hayes won all her 4 Ladies for the hosts, and in the Men’s Jason Lydon won all his 4 for the visitors to make the score 4 all going into the mixed. Cameron Higgins & Natalie Kane won the opening mixed to take Clayton 6-4 ahead and then Mythop won 4 in a row with Jason & Helena Mellenchip in set 6 and Chris Porter & Linda Settle in the 7th to go 6-8 in front. The 8th was split (7-9) before Cameron & Natalie took both games in the final set to help draw the match to share the points on the night. So, in the very tight match, I have 2 POTM and they are, Jason for Mythop who won all his 6 in the No 3 spot and aided an early boost and Natalie, who also won all her 6 and help close the match with points in the bag for Clayton. It looked like a very well matched tie on the night.

Evergreens B shot up the table this week as they thrashed bottom team Clayton D 16-2 to aid their relegation fears. Phil Barlow and Susan Bullen was the best pair on the night to aid in the 4 point maximum win.

In 4, Brindle who are at the foot of the table took on the team above them in a scrabble to avoid the wooden spoon and after the levels the home side was 0-8 down, but that score line does not give the tightness of those games any justice as, 5 of those levels were won in setting! Brindle did make a mini comeback in the mixed, but after being down by such a score after the levels, it was always gonna be difficult. Final score ran out at 7-11 as James Vinden won 5 games for Evergreens to be the best.

Preston College had a nail-biter at home to Whittle and were certainly on the ropes at the start of the match as they went 3-5 down in the levels as Simon Wynn took all his 4 Men’s. Julian Smith & Hazel Bradshaw won the opening mixed set to 11 & a setting 16 to pull the score back to 5 all. A split 6th set was then followed by Simon Hardacre & Carol Heaton winning both games to take Whittle back 2 in front at 6-8. The final 2 sets were split to make the score 8-10 at the close of play. Simon won 5 games for Whittle and Hazel won 5 for College which saw the winners leapfrog over them on the tables.

St. Andrews D had an impressive 4 point win when they beat Penwortham B 13-5 to go 2 points behind their opponents and clear the wooden spoon area by 7. Seb Curry & Jane Godsland won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the evening.

Penwortham A guaranteed themselves a promotion spot this week with a 15-3 victory over 3rd placed Project 12. In the 4 point maximum victory, Laura Heaton in the number 3 Ladies place was crowned POTM for taking all her 6 games and assisting in the promotion busting match. The result now leaves Project 12 to fight it out with Mythop B to see who can sneak the other promotion spot and with just a single point separating the two teams, it could just all go down to the wire!

Paul.