Mid Lancs Week R

Report From Pirate Paul Eastman

In division 1 this week, Carlton A took on relegation buddies, MGS B and at the turn around found themselves going into the mixed at 5-3 up. Then in the mixed, the hosts powered ahead with winning 8 of the 10 games on offer for a convincing 13-5 win to take all 4 points and leave their rivals firmly at the foot, 8 points adrift of them. Andrew Davis was the POTM for taking all 6. St. Andrews A beat Hawks A 13-5 to stay on top of the top of the table by 3 points over their closest rivals, Cross Feathers. Joe Steele & Liz Holt won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the evening; however, Steve  Taylor & Nicki McGrath won the final game of the match 15-13 to help snatch the crucial bonus point that could make the difference at the day of reckoning! Cross Feathers beat MGS A, 15-3 to remain in 2nd place on the tables, 3 points adrift of St. Andrews, with a match in hand. Fay Andrews was statistically the best player on the night in the 3rd Ladies slot on the card.

In division 2 Carlton B sunk into deeper trouble when they got beat 3-15 at home by St. Andrews B who with the 4 points themselves move away from the danger area. Amit Patel & Karolyn Hustler won all of their 6 games to be the best pair. Clitheroe A beat Hawks C 15-3 to stay joint top of the table with MGS C but their rivals still have 2 matches in hand; one of those being when the two teams clash in 2 weeks time. Allison Leaver was the POTM on the evening for winning all of her 6. Hawks B beat MGS D 16-2 to remain in 3rd place on the tables as their opponents future hangs in the balance being in the drop zone at the bottom. Roger Leigh 7 Emily Dainty took all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night. MGS C beat Clayton Crusaders A, 16-2 to remain joint 1st with Clitheroe A. Statistically, Tome Lowe was the best player on the night, he conceded just 17 points, which included 3 eggs. Matt drew the keys out for the basement again, he lost the 2 games.

In division 3, Hawks D had a tight match this week when they hosted the ‘in form’ Garstang A. The level sets were all shared by each team winning a pair of Men’s & Ladies before Stuart Smerdon & Serena Hindle won a pair in the opening mixed set to take the hillbilly’s a 4-6 lead. Then in the 6th set, Anne & Graham Robinson struck back for Hawks by winning both games to square the match. Tim Shipway & Steph Tsang took Garstang 6-8 ahead again by winning a pair in the 7th, before Graham & Anne again won another pair in the 8th to set up an 8 all classic. In the final set, Tim & Steph took both games to win the match for Garstang & they went home back up the M6 with 3 great points in the bag and still in a solid 3rd place on the tables. Steph was the best player for Garstang, she won all her 6 games and Graham also won his 6 despite being on the losing side. Clayton Crusaders B won 15-3 at home to Clitheroe B, but the result is in dispute. Leaders of the division, Evergreens A beat the bottom team, Mythop A, 13-5 to remain firm favourites to lift the shield with the maximum 4 points on offer; Sharon Mullholland won all of her 6 games to be the best player on the evening. Up next week is Evergreens v Clayton in what must be billed as ‘the’ title deciding match & not forgetting, Garstang will be looking at the result!

In division 4, St. Andrews C St Andrews C beat Hawks E, 12-6 to ensure that the gap between the 2 teams was enough to ease any relegation worries. Jane Godsland was the POTM on the night, she won all her 6 games in the No 1 pairing slot. Garstang B had a cracking match this week against the leaders of the division, Clayton Crusaders C and the match score stood at 4 all after the levels. Then in the mixed, you still couldn’t split the teams as the first 3 sets were shared, until the 8th set when Sam Gorrell & Laura Curtis broke the deadlock & won a pair to take Clayton into a 7-9 lead to set up a nail-biting finale. Then in the final set, Lee Meakin & Jane Gray won both games 12 & 5 to draw the match & pull off a cracking draw against the leaders. The result still keeps Garstang in a very good 3rd place on the table with a very good chance of snatching promotion. Penwortham A had a cracking 12-6 win over Project 12, which included Rory Parkinson & Rachael Moon winning the final game of the match to snatch the bonus point. Caroline Coxon was statistically the best player on the night. Clayton Crusaders D lost 5-13 to Evergreens B who with the 4 max pts took advantage of the above result & go into joint 1st place on the table. The POTM was Captain, Phil Barlow, he won all of his 6  to give the team a real chance of promotion.

In division 5, with just 2 points separating the teams in 3rd & 4th place respectfully, Brindle took on St Andrews D in a classic match at St Mary’s College. The hosts were immediately on the ropes in the levels as Karen Winstone took all her 4 Ladies for Andy’s to give the visitors a 2-6 lead. A split opening mixed set then saw Philip Newsome & Karen win a pair in the 6th to take the score to 3-9. Then in a magical comeback, Brindle won all of the remaining 6 games to pull off a terrific draw to share the pts on the evening. Karen was the POTM for winning all her 6 games in the No 3 slot as the teams stay status quo on the tables. Preston College remain in 2nd when they won 14-4 over a five sided Whittle who remain fully rooted to the foot of the table. A 5 sided Evergreens C lost 2-16 to Penwortham B who go level with them with the 4 pts. Dave Jackson was POTM with his 6.

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Paul. Sent from my iPhone