Mid Lancs Week S

Report From Paul Eastham

In division 1 this week, MGS A became the first team in the league to finish their fixtures and I sincerely thank them for playing two fixtures in the very first week, to enable me to balance fixtures out throughout their club & in the league. In their final match, they beat Carlton A 14-4 to potentially finish in 3rd place. Jared Matthew & Adrian Greenwood won all their 6 games. David Lloyd got thrashed 1-17 at home by St. Andrews A; only Matt Timms & Ruth Flatman won the semester single game to stop the complete whitewash. Nicki McGrath was statistically the best player on the night. Andy’s now go 7 pts ahead at the top of the table over Cross Feathers, but have played 2 games more & out of their 3 remaining matches, play their rivals twice!!!

In division 2, Clitheroe A sank Carlton B 15-3 to remain joint top with the 4 max points. Allison Leaver & Jess Portas won 6 games each to be the players. Up next week is MGS C, in which no doubt will be the title crunching match. Hawks C fell, 2-16 at home to joint leaders of the division, MGS C. The MVP on the night was Ash Gibson and Matt stayed in the basement; however there seems to be a new Chef in town  (Tom), he whipped up another omelette with his 2 eggs in set 7. MGS D remain in a critical position on the tables when they failed to get any points at home against St Andrews B. Matt Green was the POTM on the night for taking all of his 6 games; but a special mention must go to his partner, Jane Godsland who won 5 games , but narrowly missed out getting all her 6 games by losing a Ladies game to setting. Crusaders A fell 3-15 at home to Hawks B to to remain 3rd; Caz Grimbaldeston won all her 6 to be the POTM on the night.

In division 3, Mythop A took on fellow relegation rivals, MGS E at home this week the score was all square at the end of the levels games. In the opening mixed set, Trevor Brown & Jacqui Gibson won both games to take MGS into a 4-6 lead. In set 6, Colin Chisholm & Pauline Weafer took a pair to square the match again before a split 7th set. In the 8th, Colin & Pauline won another pair to take the score to 9-7 and on the brink of Mythop winning their 1st division 3 match. However, in the final set, Ben Yeu & Pat Jackson won both games for MGS to draw the match. Pauline was the best player, taking 5 of her 6 games.

In Division 4, St. Andrews C beat bottom team Crusaders D 16-2 to shoot up the table with the 4 max pts; Jane Godsland was stat best. Hawks E took on the promotion chasing team, Garstang B at home and were in charge 5-3 after the levels sets which included Hannah Stewart winning all her 4 Ladies games. Lee Meakin & Jane Gray won the opening mixed set to square the match before a split 6th set. Then in the remaining 3 sets, Garstang put their foot down on the pedal and took all the remaining games to win the match 6-12. Lee was the POTM on the night, he won all of his 6 games to help the team remain in a threatening 3rd place. Project 12 fell 2-16 at home to title chasing Evergreens B and in the 4 point win, it was partners, Julian Pilling & Karen Holding that took all their 6 games to be the best players on the night. All eyes will be on next weeks match, when Evergreens host Clayton Crusaders C, were the hosts ‘must’ win to have a chance of lifting the shield, as Clayton have a match in hand. Meanwhile, Clayton Crusaders C themselves hosted Penwortham A this week and needed a good win to stay in control. They got off to a cracking start as they went 5-3 ahead in the levels and won the next 5 mixed games to then win the match. However, the remaining sets were split to give a final score of 12-6 to lose a potential crucial bonus pt. Jade Thornhill won 5.

In division 5, Whittle got beat 5-13 by leaders of the division, Mythop B, who with the 4 maximum points are virtually crowned Champions of the division with the result. Mark Green & Jasper Vijayakumer won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night, but a big shout out must go to George Green & Julie Bennett for winning the final game of the match; they, under pressure, having lost the 1st game, 15-12 turned the set around & won it 13-15 to take the bonus point & become Champs. Penwortham B lost 8-10 at home to Preston College who remain in a solid 2nd place and are favourites at this stage to become runners up. Hazel Bradshaw & Janet Keyes won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night. Evergreens C beat Brindle 11-7 to dent any hopes of the visitors sneaking a promotion spot; Pauline Charnock won 5 games.