Report From Paul Eastham
In the final week of scheduled fixtures and in my final report of the season, more or less all promotion & relegation spots have now been filled, there are just a couple of loose ends to tie up via means of rearrangements in the next few weeks.
So, this week in division 1, Cross Feathers were crowned Champions when they beat David Lloyd 12-6 to make it 2 successive seasons as winners and my congratulations go to them. Rach Graham won all of her 6 to be the POTM on the night.
Hawks B fell 4-14 at home to Carlton A to be relegated back into division 2 after just one season. Andy Davis & Sian Meakin won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the night.
St. Andrews A beat MGS B 15-3 to become runners up this year and they did have their chance to topple Cross Feathers during this season, but it was not meant to be! They finish 3 points behind the new Champions.
MGS C also return to division 2 with a 2-16 home defeat to Hawks A.
The teams in division 1 also created a record this season; not a single match was cancelled or rearranged..!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
In 2, Carlton B beat Clayton Crusaders B 12-6 to stay in 3rd place on the table and with the result, they are virtually relegated into division 3 next season. Debbie Balmforth was the POTM on the night for winning all of her 6 games.
The Hillbilly’s were again back at the fort this week, this time against St. Andrews B but this time they managed to win the match 11-7 to ease their relegation worries… for now! They lie 6 pts above the red line, but Evergreens still have 3 matches in hand & could still escape the drop. Amit Mistry was the POTM on the night for taking all his 6 & assisting in the crucial win.
Evergreens A had a crucial home tie this week against MGS D and needed some points to have any chance of avoiding relegation and got off to a cracking start being 6-2 up after the levels including Sharon Mulholland winning all her 4 Ladies. Matt Seddon & Cheryl Parry won both games in the opening mixed set to claw the score back to 6-4 before a split set in the 6th. Andrew Morris & Sharon won both games in set 7 to take the score to 9-5 and Evergreens on the brink of winning the match. But a fightback from MGS then took place, which saw Matt & Cheryl win another pair in the 8th and then in the final set, Martin Hobin & Joy Moon won their games to 4 & a nerve twitching 13 to pull off a draw on the night. Sharon was the POTM on the night, she gave Evergreens the perfect start & help the team pick up 2 vital points that ‘might’ save them from the drop. The team still lies 6 points behind Garstang, but have 2 matches in hand, so it’s still not impossible…. But it’s gonna be tough!
Clitheroe A had the Championship in the bag & took on Runners up Clayton Crusaders A who were at home in this tie & needed to prove something! Would you believe it, they won the match 11-7 to be the only team that took a match off the Champs!
In division 3, St. Andrews C got beat 3-15 by Mythop A who stay in 3rd place on the tables and will probably finish in that slot when the final tables are published. Colin Chisholm & Pauline Weafer were the best players on the night in this match.
Clitheroe B beat a five sided bottom team Clayton D, 16-2 to seal their doom to be relegated into division 4 next season. As for Clitheroe themselves, they stay top of the table by 2 points, but have 2 rearranged matches with 2nd place Hawks D who themselves have 3 matches to play, so it’s really going to a fight to the end who will take the title!
Hawks D beat a five sided Evergreens B 13-5 to take all 4 points to maintain a healthy 2nd place on the tables and as I stated above, they have crucial matches to play to decide who wins the winners shield.
MGS E beat Hawks E 12-6 to seal their fate of the visitors next season to drop into division 4. Trevor Brown & Lorna Hopper took all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the night and will potentially will finish in 4th place on the tables.
Clayton Crusaders C had a battle this week with Garstang B and the match score was all square after the levels with each team taking a pair of Men’s & Ladies. Simon Tebbit & Steph Tsang won a pair in the opening mixed set, before Cameron Higgins & Nat Kane evened the scores again winning both games to 1. Rob Cockrill & Jen Tsang took Garstang back into a 6-8 lead before Cameron & Nat squared the match again to leave a nail-biting 8 all classic. Carl Charlesworth won the opening game 15-6, but Rob & Jen fought back in the final game and won it to 12 to earn a draw on the night. Cameron was the POTM for taking his 6.
In 4, Brindle had a tight tussle with Penwortham B and were sailing away with the match at the end of the levels as they were 6-2 up as Les Halton won all of his 4 Men’s games. A split opening mixed set was followed by Steve Hudson & Margaret Snape winning a pair in the 6th to take Brindle up to a 9-3 score-line. Then Penwortham went into overdrive and went onto win the remaining 6 games to draw the match at 9 all. POTM in this match was Johanna Huber, she won all her 6 at the critical stage of the match, taking sets 7 & 9 with Partner Dave Jackson to help salvage a draw out of what looked a daunting task.
Mythop B had a tight final fixture against Preston College and they needed to win to be in with a shout of gaining promotion. They did get off to a reasonable start, going 5-3 up at the end of the levels games including Daniel Cooper taking all of his 4 Men’s. Mick & Hazel Bradshaw squared the match at 5 all in the opening mixed set, as they took both games to 2 & 7. Then Mythop won the next 4 in a row to take them onto the brink of victory at 9-5 before a nail-biting comeback by college who then took the remaining 4 games to tie the match at 9 all. The POTM was Daniel, he took all of his 6 games in the No 3 slot.
Already Champions, Penwortham A beat Whittle A 16-2 to win the division by at least 11 points; Glenn Harrison & Janet Wood took all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the evening.
Evergreens C got thrashed 0-18 by Project 12 who with the 4 point win become runners up and get promotion into division 3 next year. As for Evergreens, they take the wooden spoon, but have a chance in the cup next week to reprieve themselves! J
Well, that’s it from me this season… have a great summer, over and out……Paul.