Mid Lancs Week G

Report From Paul Eastham

Michelle from Hawks sent me this heads up for anyone playing Garstang A, Carlton A & Project 12…..The Booths car park next to Garstang leisure centre is now governed by Parking Eye so if you’re there longer than 3 hours you get an instant £50 parking fine, 3hrs is normally long enough for our matches…. But just be aware if you park there before or after the match has started. Thanks Michelle for the info.

Wow, a 3rd of the season gone already & in division 1, MGS A beat their own B team for the 2nd time this season, but gave them the bonus pt this time around in a 12-6 score line. Jared Matthew & Rick Wallbank took all of their 6 to be the best players. St. Andrews A beat Carlton A 15-3 to keep their lead at the top of the table as Andy Fowler was POTM for winning his 6 games. Cross Feathers made up for last week’s defeat by beating David Lloyd by the very same score line as they were beaten by last week… 13-5. The hosts were 6-2 up after the levels as Dan Hyde took all his 4 Men’s and in the mixed the onslaught continued until Alan Clarkson & Joanna Holt tried to rescue the bonus pt; they won a pair in the 7th set and were on track in the final set of the match as they won the 1st game, 4-15 but then lost the very last game 15-11 to miss out on the crucial 1 point. Ste Andrews & Hayley Harrison were the best pair on the night winning their 6, however every credit to Mike Johnson & Fay Andrews who won that final game under pressure to help take all 4 pts which could make all the difference. The 4 points takes Cross Feathers just a single point behind St Andrews who don’t play next week, so I think we will have new leaders on Monday evening!

In division 2, Clitheroe A had another crucial clash this week, this time the opponents were Hawks B and with the hosts losing all the Men’s games, winning a Ladies pair and splitting the other set, they were 3-5 down going into the mixed. Keith Ashton & Allison Lever won the opener to level the match at 5 all, then a split 6th was followed by Pete Wright & Jess Portas winning both to take Clitheroe into an 8-6 lead. A split 8th took them to 9-7 &then Keith & Allison wrapped the match up by winning the final pair of games for a score of 11-7, 3 points in the bag and 2nd place on the tables. Allison was the MVP on the night, she took all her 6. Hawks C trashed a five sided St. Andrews B, 18-0 and Jinesh Mistry won all his 6 games to be the best player. MGS C thrashed Carlton B 17-1, only Simon Bruford & Mick Cryer winning the 1 game to stop he complete whitewash. Beth Andrew was the MVP in this match, as Matt Seddon settled into the basement with his sleeping bag and Horlicks. Clayton Crusaders A lost at home to MGS D who had a 7-11 win over the hosts and Sarah Jameson was the POTM for winning 6.

In division 3, Mythop A lost 7-11 at home to Clitheroe B, but they fought hard against a strong side. At 3-5 down after the levels, the visitors ploughed ahead, winning the next 4 games in a row (3-9), but a mini come back at the end gave a final score of 7-11 in which some games were conceded due to running out of court time. Lauren Davis was the POTM, she won all of her 6 games. MGS E failed to get any points when they were beaten 5-13 by Clayton Crusaders B. Dylan Butcher was MVP for taking his 6. Leaders, Evergreens A beat Hawks D 14-4 to remain on top of the table by a single point over Clayton B and the only person to take all 6 games in this match was Sharon Mullholland in 3rd Ladies spot.

In division 4, St. Andrews C had a fine 11-7 win over Penwortham A to help claw them well away from the drop zone. Graham Forrest & Jane Godsland won all their 6 to be the best pair on the night, but it was nice to see Martyn Cook back on court again taking 4. Garstang B won 15-3 win over a five sided Clayton D to keep them on top of the table; Andy Smerdon won 5 games. Hawks E had a fine win over Evergreens B this week and Ol’ Huffer Puffer was back in action again, opening up the Men’s with a pair of games. However, after the levels were all played the score was tied at 4 all. Huffer Puffer, then sprung into action again with partner Anne Bright to win both games 9 & 14 to take Hawks 6-4 ahead. Then Dave Sherrington & Marian Bamber took another pair of games in the 6th for a 8-4 lead and this was then followed by 3 tight split sets for an 11-7 win for Hawks. The 3 points now take Hawks into the unusual territory of Mid-table and good Ol’ Huffer Puffer was best player; he took 5 games! Crusaders C kept in 2nd place with a 16-2 win over Project 12 and Sam Gorrell was statistically the best player on the night.

In division 5, Preston College had a tight match with Brindle this week and were breezing at 5-3 after the levels and went even further ahead in the opening mixed set when Dave Dunk & Helen Jones won a pair to take the score to 7-3. However, Brindle put their foot down in the remaining mixed sets and won 6 of the 8 games to pull off a draw & share the pts. Nick Fish won 6. Penwortham B were on the ropes in this week’s match against St. Andrews D when they went 0-8 down in the levels sets. A flurry of games in the mixed ensured they didn’t get a complete spanking, but the 7 games won wasn’t enough to win the match, but being so far behind, I think most of the Penwortham team would have settled for the bonus point. In the 7-11 win for Andy’s, Phil Newsome & Melanie Grove won 5 each to be the best pair & help take the team well clear of the bottom. Evergreens C who were last week’s leaders of the table fell heavily at home to Mythop B who with the maximum 4 pts gained from the match, leapfrogged over them into pole position. In the 5-13 win, Mark Green was the POTM for taking all his 6 games.

Also, please note, if any game is conceded due to injury or you ran out of hall time, can you write this on the card, as this will help me in the reports….. Sometimes if I see a pair of 15-0 results and I assume it’s been conceded & not won fair & squarely.