Report From Paul Eastham
In division 1 this week, Carlton A fell 3-15 at home to 3rd placed team on the tables; MGS A. Jared Matthew & Becky Ashton were once again the best players on the evening to help the team win the maximum 4 points. David Lloyd took on the current leaders of the division, St. Andrews A and got off to a flying start in the levels, as they shot into a 6-2 lead. A split opening mixed set and then the 6th set was conceded as Joe Steele got injured, which meant that David Lloyd had at least got a draw at a score-line of 9-3. Andy Fowler & Liz Holt took a pair in the 7th set to claw it back to 9-5, but Alan Clarkson & Joanna Holt grabbed the win when they won both games 15-8 & 17-14 before Andy & Liz took the final pair of games to finish the match off at 11-7. The result means now that Andy’s slip off the top off the table with the result below and David Lloyd are at the bottom of the chasing pack. Liz was the best player on the night; she took 5 of the 7 won by Andy’s. Cross Feathers beat Hawks A 15-3 to move to the top of the table; Rach Graham & Hayley Harrison won all of their 6 games.
In division 2, Carlton B got beat at home 3-15 by the leaders, Clitheroe A who remain out in front by 6 points; as for Carlton, they remain rooted at the foot. Keith Ashton & Allison Leaver took all of their 6 games again to be the best pair on the night. St. Andrews B took on the team above them in the division, MGS D and went 5-3 ahead in the levels before Paul Baker & Karolyn Hustler won a pair in the opening mixed set to put Andy’s into a 7-3 lead. A split 6th set was then followed by Tyler Allen & Joy Moon winning a pair in the 7th to claw the score back to 8-6. A split 8th set made it all to play from in the final set, but Paul & Karolyn won both again to finish the match off at 11-7. Paul & Karolyn were also the best players on the night, both taking 6. Hawks B had a fine win over Clayton Crusaders A and stay in 2nd place with the 15-3 max point win. The best pair on the night were partners, Lee Clayton & Emily Dainty; they won all of their 6 games in the number 3 position on the card. MGS C won 16-2 at home against Hawks C… but the match wasn’t as smooth as the score suggests, as in the 1st Ladies Beth Andrew got injured and both teams agreed that super sub, Lorna Hopper could play out the remaining games. Ash Gibson & Tom Lowe were the MVP’s on the night and Matt Seddon took over in the basement again.
In division 3, Clitheroe B had a tight match against Garstang A at home and took a 5-3 lead in the levels when Lauren Davis won all her 4 Ladies games. In the opening mixed set, Dan Nixon & Steph Tsang too both games 13-15 & 12-15 to level the match and then Stu Davey & Gill Fourie won both games in set 6 to take Clitheroe back into a 7-5 lead. Sets 7 & 8 were split for a 9-7 score-line to set up a crucial final set were Amit Mistry & Serena Hindle won both games 10 & 12 for Garstang to draw the match. In the 9 all score, Lauren, Gill and Dan all won 5 games each to be the best players on the night. MGS E thrashed bottom team, Mythop A, 17-1 to pull themselves away from the bottom with the 4 max points. A battle took place between 2nd place Clayton Crusaders B and leaders, Evergreens A at Wellfield this week and at the end of the levels matches, things were all square as Dylan Butcher won all his 4 Men’s for Clayton & Sharon Mulholland won all her Ladies games for Evergreens. Derek Hilton & Simone Binnes then took a pair in the opening mixed set to give the visitors a 4-6 lead before a split mixed set in the 6th. Evergreens then won both in set 7 as Colin Campbell & Lynette Tidy took them 9 & 7 for a 5-9 lead. A split 8th set ensured that Evergreens won the match & Clayton took the bonus point as Colin & Lynette went on for the final set & wound the score up at 6-12 with a pair. Lynette was the POTM for her 6 & helped open up a 5 pt gap at the top.
In division 4, Garstang B stayed in a solid 3rd place with a fine win over Hawks E, but they missed out on a crucial bonus point in the final game of the match. They got off to a good start in the levels as they shot into a 6-2 lead with Andy Smerdon winning all his 4 Men’s games. Kyle Sumner & Anne Holme got 2 back in the opening mixed for Hawks before Simon Tebbutt & Ceri Smith-Jaynes took both in the 6th set to take Garstang into an 8-4 lead. A split in the 7th ensured a draw for the hosts, but in the 8th Simon & Ceri won both games to seal the win. In the final set, Rob Cockrill & Kat Oakes took the 1st game to be a step closer to the maximum 4 points, but in the very last game of the match, Dave Sherrington & Marian Bamber player their joker card to turn the set around and won the game 5-15 to rob the bonus point from under the noses of their opponents. Final score of the match, 12-6 and the best pair on the night were Simon & Ceri; they won all of their 6 games in the number 2 slot on the card. Clayton Crusaders D remained at the bottom of the division when they got beat 4-14 by St Andrews C. Evergreens B moved into pole position with a 16-2 victory over Project 12 as Julian Pilling picked up the POTM for taking his 6.
In division 5, Brindle beat a five sided Evergreens C, 15-3 to take maximum points and surge into the chasing pack on the tables. Steve Hudson won 5 games to be the MVP on the night and assist the team to get all 4 points. Preston College had a tough match against Penwortham B this week and found themselves 5-3 ahead after the levels matches. Ian Phillips & Cathryn Jackson won both games in the opening mixed set to pull the score back to 5 all. Dave Dunk & Janet Keys won both in set 6 for College to go back into the lead once again and this was then followed by a split 7th set for an 8-6 lead. Dave & Janet wrapped up the match in the 8th by winning both games to 11 & 13 as on the other court, Dave Jackson & Johanna Huber won the final games 10-15 & 11-15 for a final match score of 10-8. Janet was the POTM on the night for taking all her 6. No report from me next week, so it just needs me to say; have a wonderful Christmas & peaceful New Year….Paul