Mid Lancs Week U

Report From Paul Eastham

In my final report of the season, I have just had some bad news from fixtureslive; they have informed me that are closing down their service in July! I have to say, I am personally mortified, as this online tool has been a fabulous asset to our league. 

In the final week of scheduled fixtures, division 1’s MGS B had a tight match with Hawks A and the 2 teams couldn’t be split in the levels with a 4 all score-line. Nick Hodgson & Katie Dixon Turner won the opening mixed set & then Dan Porter & Danya Lewis Baron took a pair in the 6th to square the match once again. A split 7th set was followed by Dan & Danya taking the 8th set, albeit the 2nd games was conceded through injury to go 9-7 up. The final set was conceded through injury again by MGS B to draw the match. Danya was the best player on the night, she won all of her 5 games played. St. Andrews A clung on to the top spot when they beat Carlton A, 15-3. Joe Steele & Karolyn Hustler took their 6 games to help the team take all 4 pts & give a glimmer of hope of being Champions; but up next week is Cross Feathers in a title cruncher! Cross Feathers beat former Champions, David Lloyd 13-5 to take all 4 points in their strive to become Champions of the division again. The best players on the evening in this clash was Danny Hyde & Terri-Lee Holmes, they both took all of their 6 games. 

In division 2, MGS C beat Carlton B 16-2, to officially become Champions and lift the shield. The POTM on the night was Sarah Woodhouse, the MVP on the Men’s was Tom and as usual, Matt was in the basement. Now, Matt has been teaching his other team mates his chef’s skills and Alison P Truman & Helen Blackeley took an egg game in their Ladies set. Clitheroe A had a crucial promotion match this week against Hawks B to see who would become runners up of the division and both team, as expected, could not be split in the levels as the score was tied at 4 all. The opening 2 sets were split before Clitheroe put their foot on the pedal & won the remaining 6 games including a nail-biting final game that was won by Matt Cole & Jess Portas, 17-14 to help take the maximum 4 points and become runners up of the division. Hawks C finished their season off on a high when they won their match at home against St. Andrews B. In the 16-2 win Jinesh Mistry was statistically the best player on the night. Crusaders A managed to squeeze all 4 points out of this week opponents, MGS D to officially relegate them. Best on the night were Neil A Jones, Michaela Stanton & Ren Soni, they took all of their 6 games to help take the maximum pts in the 13-5 win.

In division 3, Mythop A got beat 7-11 at home to a five sided Clitheroe B and Stu Davey & Gill Fourie won all of their 6 games to help recover the 6 game deficit caused by the non-show Lady. MGS E got beat at home this week by promotion chasing Clayton Crusaders B. MGS were on the ropes from the start, going 2-6 down after the levels where Dylan Butcher took all his 4 Men’s games. Then in the mixed, sets 5, 6 & 7 were all split before Victor Chow & Ali Peacock won a pair in the 8th to take Clayton into a 5-12 lead. Then in the final set, Ben Yau & Christina Atkinson won the final game of the match to steal the vital bonus point that could make the difference to Clayton when they play their nearest rivals, Garstang A in a crunch match over the next few weeks. Dylan won 5 games to be the best player.  Champions of the division, Evergreens A had another fine win this week when they took all 4 points in a match against Hawks D. In the 14-4 win, Derek Hilton, Simone Binnes, Julian Pilling & Sharon Mulholland all won 5 games each to be the best players.

In division 4, St. Andrews C got beat 6-12 at home this week by Penwortham A and in the final set, Graham Forrest & Jane Godsland won the final game to earn the bonus point. Alan Benningfield & Martyn Cook won 5 games each to be the best on the night. Garstang B kept up the pressure on the promotion race when they beat Clayton Crusaders D 14-4; Simon Tebbutt won all his 6. Hawks E finished off their season with a 4-14 home loss to promotion chasing team, Evergreens B. The win gives Evergreens another boost for their quest for a division 3 slot and the best players on the night were Steve Dudley & Phil Barlow; they won all of their 6 games to help grab all of the 4 points on offer and give the team a real chance of promotion. Clayton Crusaders C match against Project 12 was conceded by the visitors.

In division 5, Brindle beat a five sided Preston College, 10-8 and as the score line suggested, the host didn’t have it all their own way with the instant 6-0 start. Sarah Kay from College took all 4 Ladies and then the remaining mixed sets were all shared to give the final 10-8 score. So, Sarah won 4 and also Janet Keys won 4 to be the best players. Steve Hudson won 100% of his games (2). St. Andrews D had a tight match this week against Penwortham B and flew into a 6-2 lead in the levels games. Iain Philips & Cathryn Jackson pulled 2 back in the opening mixed set and then in the 6th set Matt Barton & Anne Ashworth took Andy’s back into an 8-4 lead. The next 2 sets were split to take Andrews over the winning line and then Dave Jackson & Rachael Moon won the final 2 games in set 9 to wrap up the match at 10-8. Andy’s can now come 3rd if they can get 2 pts from their last 2 matches. Evergreens C had a cracking match this week at home to the Champions of the division, Mythop B, who have not lost a match this season! The host didn’t get off to a great start, as James Vinden didn’t show and Evergreens had to concede the opening Men’s set; however after that Mythop kindly agreed to allow super sub, Lee Wigham to step in and play the remaining 4 games in the No 3 slot. With the Ladies getting 3 games and Lee winning a pair in the 2nd Men’s set, Evergreens found themselves 5-3 up going into the mixed. The opening mixed set and the following set were split before Lee & Karen Kenyon won a pair to take the team into a 9-5 lead. Mark Green & Ngan Pilkington won both games in set 8 to set up a nail-biter in the final set as the score stood at 9-7. In the 1st game, James Norman & Julie Bennett took it 12-15 for a 9-8 score line and then in the 2nd, Nigel P Truman & Corinne Wagstaff played a blinder and took the game 15-13 to win the match, 10-8. Evergreen’s Captain, Karen wants to thank Mythop for their sportsmanship for letting Lee play as a substitute. This was ironically Mythop’s first loss of the season, however it does not change the fact that they are

Well, that’s it for another season from me! Congratulations to all the winners of the divisions, Cups & tournaments and I hope you will all be there at the presentation evening at Shaw Hill to pick up your silverware and party!

Paul.