Report From Paul Eastham
In division 1 this week, the old school met at MGS A’s new venue, St Mary’s college on Royal Avenue and the score turned out to be an old school one as well. The match kicked off with Andy’s winning 5 of the 8 levels games to take a 3-5 lead but MGS struck back in the mixed when Jared Matthew & Becky Ashton won a pair in the opening set and then Rick Wallbank & Jen Rigby built on that to take the score to 7-5. In the 7th set, Joe Steele & Nicki McGrath brought the scores back level again by winning both games to 2 & 11, but then Rick & Jen won both their games to 13 & 12 in the 8th to take MGS on the brink of victory at 9-7. In the final set, Joe & Nicki set off to try and draw the match by winning the opening game to 7, but Jared & Becky went into overdrive and raced away in the final game to a 15-3 victory and make a final score of 10-8. Jared & Jen were the best players on the evening when they took 5 games each and keep MGS A at the top of the table. Hawks A played against David Lloyd and at the start of the match, 3 of the 4 mixed were split with the visitors taking a pair in the 2nd Men’s to take a 3-5 lead. Nick Hodgson & Michelle Skinner took both in the opening mixed to square the match and then Matt Timms & Emily Hollis won a pair in the 6th to take David Lloyd back into a 5-7 lead. A split set in the 7th took the score to 6-8 before Matt Boyes & Joanna Holt took both games 10 & 13 to help go over the winning line. Nick & Michelle won the final set to end the match at 8-10 and also won 5 games each along with Matt times to be the best players on the evening. MGS B fell 4-14 at home to last year’s division 1 champs, Cross Feathers and the maximum 4 points takes them into joint 2nd place on the tables. Statistically, the best player on the night was Fay Andrews playing in the number 2 position.
In division 2, St. Andrews B got thrashed 1-17 at home by Hawks B; only Matt Norris & Karolyn Hustler winning the last game of the match to stop the total whitewash. Lee Clayton was statistically the best player on the night. Hawks C had a cracking 12-6 win over Carlton B, but failed to take maximum points when Paul Smith & Jane Parkinson took the final pair of games to earn the visitors the bonus point. Kelly Anderson was the MVP on the night for taking all her 6 games. MGS D got beat by their own C team who keep in second position on the tables with the 4 max points. Best player on the night had to be Alison P Truman, she won all of her 6 games in style! Someone else won 6, but he is not worth a mention as he was propped up by his partners! Meanwhile, Matt Seddon moved into the basement this week!! J J Clayton Crusaders A took on the leaders of the division, Clitheroe A and apart from winning the opening Men’s pair, the hosts were on the ropes throughout the whole match. Final score, 4-14 as Aqsa Adam was the MVP on the night and the 4 points keeps their 100% record intact with an early indication that they are on course to being promoted again this season!
In division 3, Mythop A lost 4-14 at home to Clay B as Victor Chow & Cameron Higgins took all of their 6 games on the night. Clitheroe B beat Hawks D 15-3 to keep their strong campaign going as Pete Wright, Darryl Houghton & Gill Fourie won 6 each. The hillbilly’s were at the fort this week and did battle with MGS E and again they managed to bash all 4 points out of their opponents, MGS E. In the 15-3 win, the MVP on the night was Ali Crosbie as she took all her 6 games in the 3rd Ladies slot.
In division 4, Hawks E had a great 11-7 win against Clayton D and move away from the normal territory of the murky waters at the foot of the table. Marian Bamber & Hannah Stewart won 5 for Hawks & Carl Charlesworth took 5 for Clayton to be the best players. It was great to see ol’ Huffer-Puffer back on the score sheet and managing to squeeze 3 games out being propped up by Marian. Project 12 fell 3-15 at home to Garstang B as Lee Meakin & Jane Gray won all their 6 games to be the best pair on the night. Clayton Crusaders C kept up their 100% form with a 14-4 win over St. Andrews C. In the max 4 point win, Scott Wilkinson was the MVP on the night, he took all of his 6 games in the No 3 slot to help the team keep in pole position at the top.
In division 5, St. Andrews D had a close match this week until the final pair of sets. The hosts won all of the 4 Men’s and a Ladies game to go 5-3 ahead, but Mythop struck back in the opening mixed set as Mark Green & Julie Bennett won a pair to level the match and then James Norman & Helena Lamper won a pair in the 6th set to take the visitors 5-7 ahead. In the 7th Phil Newsome & Mel Grove won both games for Andy’s to square the match again before Mythop went into overdrive and won the remaining 2 sets to win the match 7-11. Julie was the MVP on the night for taking all of her 6 games to assist in the 3 point win and a special mention to Phil as well, as he took 6 of the 7 games won for St. Andrews. Whittle conceded their match against Evergreens C and are duly fined £10 and a one point deduction. Penwortham B won their 1st match of the season when they beat Brindle 11-7 in their first defeat of the season.
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