Mid Lancs Week I

Report From Paul Eastham

In division 1 this week, Carlton A got beat 4-14 by David Lloyd to lie in dangerous waters at the foot of the table. None of the visitors took maximum games, but Ruth Flatman, Clarky, Rachel Dewhurst & Joanna Holt all won 5 each. MGS A beat Hawks A…… but only just! Two opening split level sets were followed by Hawks winning the Men’s & MGS winning the Ladies for the scores to be tied going into the mixed. Chris Foote & Michelle Skinner then won a pair in the opener to take Hawks 4-6 ahead. Sets 6 & 7 were both spit for a score of 6-8 and then MGS put their foot on the pedal and Dan Porter & Jen Rigby won the 8th set and then Rob Metcalf & Becky Ashton won the final set in an 8 all classic to pull off a 10-8 win. Jen won 5. MGS B got beat 2-16 by St. Andrews A for them to go top of the table again as Lizzie Taylor was statistically the best player.

In division 2, St. Hawks B kept up with the chasing pack when they took all 4 points in a 15-3 home win over Carlton B who remain rooted at the foot in deep trouble. Chris Hoyle, Luke Bennett & Lisa Coulthard all won 6 games each, with Lisa being stat best. MGS D got beat 2-16 at home by Clitheroe A who go to the top of the table this week as MGS C’s match was postponed. The statistically best player on the evening was Jess Portas.

In division 3, Clitheroe B had a scrap on their hands this when they hosted MGS E. After the levels, in which Lauren Davis won 4 Ladies games, the host were 5-3 up before James de Wolf & Sarah Woodhouse took both games to square the match for MGS. Steve Pym & Louise Burrill then took Clitheroe 7-5 ahead by winning a pair in the 6th and then this was followed by a split set in the 7th for a score-line of 8-6. Then in the 8th, James & Sarah won both games again to even the match up once again at 8 all to produce a classic. Pete Wright & Gill Fourie took the reins and won both games 12 & 9 for Clitheroe for a 10-8 win. Lauren won 5 for the hosts and James won 5 for MGS to be the best players on the evening. Garstang A took the leaders of the division, Evergreens A at the Fort this week and what a battle it turned out to be. After the drawbridge was pulled up, the hosts went 3-5 up in the levels in which Sharon Mullholland won all her 4 Ladies to give them a good start. Then in the opening mixed set, Stuart Smerdon & Karen Pye took both games for the Hillbilly’s to square the match up at 5 all. Then all of the remaining 4 sets were split to draw the match including the final 8 all classic set were Stuart & Karen won the 1st game 15-12 and then super sub Phil Barlow & Lynette Tidy won the last game to 5 to share the points. The best players on the evening were Stuart for Garstang & Sharon from Evergreens, they both won 5 games each. Hawks D took on 2nd place Clayton Crusaders B and got off to a 5-3 lead in the levels. A tight opening mixed set that was split was followed by Graham & Anne Robinson winning both games to take Hawks into an 8-4 lead. After another split set in the 7th Victor Chow & Katy Dutton won both games for Clayton to claw the score back to 9-7 with a glimmer of hope of drawing the match, but in a nail-biting finale, Irv Grimbaldeston & Gail Monk won both games 14 & 13 to take the match at 11-7. The terrific win for Hawks puts them in 3rd place on the tables & racks up Crusaders’ first loss of the season and certainly will dint their title hopes, as now they are 5 points behind the leaders of the division, Evergreens A. Best on the night?… without a shadow of doubt, it was Irv & Gail who won 5 games each & that crucial 8 all classic final set to seal the win.

In division 4, Project 12 racked up their first win of the season when they beat St. Andrews C. The match was all square after the levels and then Graham Forrest & Jane Godsland took both games for Andy’s to take a 4-6 lead. John Wright & Kerry Nash hit back with a pair in the 6th to tie the match again and then Rob Monks & Nicky Carr took Project 12 into an 8-6 lead by winning both games in set 7. A split 8th for a 9-7 lead left it all to play for in the final set, as Jon Jackson & Sarah Coultas polished the match off by winning both games to 6 for an 11-7 win for the hosts. 12 are still in trouble, but the deficit is cut to 6 pts to safety. Penwortham A got back to their winning ways this week when GKH (Gammy Knee Heaton) was back in the squad to play against Clayton Crusaders D. Laura won all of her 6 games to be the POTM in the 15-3 win which puts them in 4th place. Clayton Crusaders C went to the top of the table this week when they played Hawks E and immediately put the opponents on the ropes in the levels winning 7 of the 8 on offer and Scott Wilkinson won all his 4 Men’s. The 2 opening mixed sets wrapped up the match for Clayton and they went on to win the maximum points in the final score of 15-3 as Sam Gorrell was the POTM on the night for taking all of his 6 games and help the team go 3 points clear at the top. Evergreens B took on last week’s leaders of the division, Garstang B and stormed to a 8-0 lead in the levels as Lee Wigham took all his Men’s & Karen Holden took all her Ladies games. A slight mini comeback took pace in the mixed, but Evergreens pushed ahead to take the maximum points as in the final set, Julian Pilling & Emily Miller won both games to snatch the bonus point. In the 13-5 win, Phil Barlow & Susan Bullen won 5 games each to assist in the great win & help push the team into 3rd place.

In division 5, Mythop B kept out in front of the chasing pack with a 12-6 home win over Brindle. Helena Lemper won all of her 4 Ladies games to give the host a great start; combined, that was a 7-1 lead going into the mixed sets. A split opener was followed by Mark Green & Ngan Pilkington winning both in set 6 to win the match for Mythop and the host were on course to take max points until Nick Fish & Linda Kozera popped up in the final set to win both games for the 12-6 score-line & take back home the bonus point. Both Mark & Ngan were the stars on the night, they won all of their 6 to help the team maintain top slot by 8 pts. St. Andrews D beat a five sided Preston College 13-5 to shoot up the table & go into joint 2nd with them on the tables. Whittle handed over the wooden spoon to Penwortham B when they beat them 15-3 at home; Jackie Harnby was stat best.