Mid Lancs Week N

Report From Paul Eastham

Fixtures in the new decade started off in division 1 when Carlton A hosted St. Andrews A who had slipped into 2nd place on the table just before Christmas. As the match kicked off, the opening levels sets were split before Andy’s took the remaining sets for a 2-6 lead. The opening mixed set was also split before Andy’s put their foot down in sets 6 & 7 by winning all 4 games to take the match. Andy Wiseman & Cath Bagley won a pair in the 8th set, but in the final set, Steve Taylor & Nicki McGrath won both games to take the match 5-13 and bag all 4 points. The team briefly went to the top of the table as Steve & Nicki won all their 6. MGS B got beat at home by their own A team 4-14 to remain in deep trouble at the foot of the table. Jared Mathew & Becky Ashton won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the night & help keep the team in a solid 3rd place on the tables. David Lloyd hosted leaders of the division, Cross Feathers and found themselves 2-6 down at the end of the levels. Matt Tolman & Terri L Holmes took Cross Feathers further ahead in the opening mixed by winning a pair before Alan Clarkson & Joanna Holt won a pair back in the 6th for a score-line of 4-8. The next 2 sets were split before Ste Andrews & Rachael Graham wrapped up the match for Cross Feathers at 6-12. Statistically, Terri was the best player on the night & the team stay on top by a single point

In division 2, Carlton B who are in deep trouble at the foot of the table hosted MGS C at home and failed again to get any points when they got beat 2-16. Caroline Andrew was statistically the best player on the night, winning all her 6, but also her partner, Guy Wallace won his 6. As for Ash, 5 and Matt loves his time in the basement…. As for the big lad himself, OFSTED wanted him. St. Andrews B got their New Year off to a cracking start when they beat Hawks C 15-3 to leap up the tables. In the 4 point win, partners Amit Patel & Karolyn Hustler were the best players on the night, they won all their 6 in the No 2 playing spot. Second place team on the tables, Hawks B took on leaders, Clitheroe A in a crunch match at Clayton and at the end of the levels, the 2 sides could not be split. In the 1st mixed set, Matt Cole & Jess Portas won a pair to take Clitheroe into a 4-6 lead and then this was followed by 2 split sets in 6 & 7 for a 6-8 score line. Luke Bennett & Debbie Taylor won a pair in the 8th set for Hawks to set up a nail-biting 8 all classic in which Keith Ashton & Allison Leaver took both for Clitheroe to grab the 3 pts. The result keeps Clitheroe in the top slot & Hawks are now 5 points behind on the tables in 3rd place… but 2nd place MGS C, have 2 matches in hand on Clitheroe and are just 4 points adrift of them.  MGS D got beat at home 6-12 when Clayton Crusaders A visited them this week. The MVP on the night was Neil A Jones, he took all of his 6 in the No 1 slot & also helped the team claw away from the drop zone; as for MGS… its bum squeaky time!

In division 3, Clitheroe B hosted Mythop A and beat them 16-2 to shoot up the tables with the 4 point maximum win; Pete Wright and Louise Burrill were the best pair on the evening, they won all of their 6 games in the No 3 slot. Hawks D failed to get any points this week at their home venue when they met the leaders of the division, Evergreens A. In the final score of 5-13, Colin Campbell, Lynette Tidy, Andy Morris & Sharon Mulholland took 5 games each to keep the team on top. Clayton Crusaders B beat MGS E 15-3 to remain in 2nd place on the tables as Victor Chow & Katy Dutton won all their 6 games.

In 4, Project 12 got beat at home 2-16 by joint leaders of the division, Clayton Crusaders C who with the maximum points stay top of the division and statistically it was Sophia Kelly who was the best player on the evening; as for 12, they remain in trouble. Penwortham A had a cracking home match this week against St. Andrews C and the hosts went into a 5-3 lead after the 4 levels sets. In the 1st mixed set, Andy’s squared the match when Graham Forrest & Jane Godsland won both their games. A spit set followed in the 6th and then Alan Benningfield & Johanna Huber took Penwortham back into a 8-6 lead. In the 8th, Graham & Jane starred again, as they won games to set up an 8 all classic. In the final set, Rory Parkinson & Rachael Moon won the final pair of games to win the match 10-8 for Penwortham. Despite being on the losing side Jane was the POTM for taking all her 6. **UPDATE**    Penwortham played an ineleigable player who won 4 games so the match score has been reversed to 6-12. Clayton Crusaders D got beat 2-16 by Garstang B who stay in 3rd place while the host prop up the table at the foot. Evergreens B stayed joint leaders of the division when they thrashed Hawks E 17-1; only Jess Seddon & Hannah Stewart winning the single game to stop the complete whitewash. Phil Barlow was statistically the best player on the night.

In division 5, Brindle took on Preston College at home in their opening match of the new decade and what a corker it turned out to be. The levels set off with Brindle’s Men winning all the games in which Steve Hudson won 4 and College’s Ladies took all their games as Sarah Kay won all her 4. In the opening mixed set, Dave Dunk & Hazel Bradshaw took College ahead when they won both games before Nick Fish & Linda Kozera squared the match again by winning both in set 6. In the 7th Steve & Miriam Charlesworth took Brindle into the lead with a pair and then in the 8th, Dave & Hazel won the 1st game and Nick & Linda won the 2nd game to split the set for a 9-7 score line. In the final set, Jeremy Andrew & Janet Keyes took the 1st game 9-15 for College to take the score to 9-8, but in the final game Les Halton & Amanda Berry turn the set around to win the final game 15-11 to help win the match for Brindle. In the 10-8 win, Brindle move into 3rd place & Steve was the best player on the night, he won all his 6.  St. Andrews D  lost at home 6-12 to Penwortham B, but managed to stop the visitors picking up all 4 pts as they took a crucial game in the final set. The match started off reasonable for Andy’s as Karen Winstone won all of her 4 Ladies and Martyn Cook took all his 4 Men’s to go into the mixed all square before Penwortham powered through the mixed to win the match. The win does claw Penwortham away from the wooden spoon position and the POTM on the evening was Martyn, he won all of his 6 games, as for Dave Jackson, he would have won all 6 if he hadn’t tucked away that extra Crème brulee at the Yaramar!  ?