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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. 

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Report From Paul Eastham

In division 1 this week, Carlton A had a cracking match against Hawks A this week and both teams couldn’t be split after the levels as Sian Meakin won all her Ladies games and Andy Owen won all the Men’s games. A split opening mixed set was followed by Andy & Maxine Watson winning both games in set 6 to go 5-7 ahead. Then in the 7th set, Andy Wiseman & Sian won both games to square the match again. In the 8th, Chris Foote & Michelle Skinner won a pair 0-15 & 15-17 to take the visitors into a 7-9 lead and set up a tense final set. In the final set, Dave Wiseman & Cath Bagley held their nerve and won both games to draw the match and share the points. The best players on the night were Sian for Carlton & Andy from Hawks; both won 6. David Lloyd beat bottom team, MGS B 15-3 to boost themselves into mid table with the 4 points. Cross Feathers had a crunch match against St. Andrews A and managed to take all 4 points in the 15-3 result. Statistically, the best player on the night was Fay Andrews and now Cross Feathers close the gap to just 2 pts with 2 matches in hand.

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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.

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Paul. 

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

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Report From Paul Eastham

In division 1 the ‘old school’ met this week when MGS A hosted St. Andrews A, but it wasn’t an old school result! The final score was 4-14 to the visitors who took all 4 pts to remain at the top of the table; Joe Steele & Nicki McGrath won all of their 6 games. Hawks A had a fine 13-5 win over a five sided David Lloyd & with the 4 pts move level with them.  MGS B got beat 2-16 this week by leaders, Cross Feathers to remain rooted to the foot of the table. Ste Andrews & Hayley Harrison won all of their 6 games to be the best pair on the night & remain 3 pts from pole position with a match in hand.

In division 2, St. Andrews B lost 4-14 to Hawks B as Chris Hoyle & Lee Clayton won all of their 6 games to be the best players. Hawks C moved into joint 4th place with a 12-6 win over bottom team, Carlton B. Paul Smith & Joanne Richardson won a game in the final set to rob Hawks of the bonus point. Maxine Watson took all of her 6 games to be the POTM on the evening. MGS D got beat 4-14 by their own C team this week to stay dangerously in the drop zone; however the C team’s fortunes look bright, as they remain at the top of the table with a match in hand. Beth Andrew & Helen Blakeley won all of their 6 games to be the best players on the night; Ash was the MVP for the Men’s & handed over the keys to Tom who moved into the basement. Clayton Crusaders A came up against the joint leaders of the division, Clitheroe A and went on the ropes in the levels as Aqsa Adam took all of her 4 Ladies to help the visitors go into 2-6 lead. The opening 2 mixed sets were split before Clitheroe went into overdrive and won the next 2 sets to win the match; however the final set was all to play for as the bonus point was up for grabs as the score stood at 4-12. Matt Cole & Jess Portas took the 1st game to ensure the full 4 points went back home to Clitheroe. Final score, 5-13 as Jess & Aqsa won 5 games each to be the best players & the team remain in joint 1st with MGS C.

In division 3, Mythop A got beat 1-17 at home to 2nd place team, Clayton B who keep on target for promotion with the 4 points. Clitheroe B had a tight match this week when they played Hawks D at home and were 5-3 up at the end of the levels. A split set in the opener was followed by Pete Wright & Gill Fourie winning a pair in the 6th to go 8-4 ahead. Graham & Anne Robinson won both in set 7 before a split set in the 8th to set up a nail-biting finale as the score stood at 9-7. In that final set, Graham & Anne won both games 13-15 & 11-15 to help draw the match for Hawks. Pete & Gill were the best players for taking 5 games. For the 3rd week in a row, the hillbilly’s were back at the fort and this week’s victims were MGS E. They got off to another cracking start in the levels, going 6-2 up & Tim Shipway took all his 4 Men’s. Ben Yau & Sarah Woodhouse won the opening mixed set to pull the score back to 6-4, but Garstang won the next 4 games in a row to win the match. Final score was 12-6 as Ben & Sarah took a pair in the 8th to snatch the bonus point; Tim was the POTM on the night for taking all of his 6 games.

In 4, Hawks E moved into the dizzy heights of 4th place on the table when they won 15-3 over a 5 sided Crusaders D & the best player on the night was Dave Sherrington, he won 5 games, narrowly missing out on taking all 6 by losing a setting game 14-17.  Project 12 hosted Garstang B, but lost 1-17 as Paul Whitehouse & Sarah Coultas won a game in the final set to stop the total whitewash. With the 4 pt win, Garstang stay in a solid 3rd place just below a promotion spot; Emma Gilfoyle was stat the best. Top of the table team, Clayton Crusaders C won their home match this week against St. Andrews C but they didn’t have it easy in the opening sets of the match as the hosts found themselves 3-5 down in the levels as Jane Godsland took all of her 4 Ladies games. Sam Gorrell & Laura Curtis won both games in the opening mixed set to level the match before a split 6th set. Then it was time for the leaders to put their foot on the pedal, as the ripped through the next 6 games for a final score of 12-6. Sam was the POTM on the night for winning all his 6 games & help the team win the match albeit they dropped the bonus point. Their lead is now shaved to just 2 points over Evergreens, but they have a match in hand and their next match is against Garstang B, who themselves are in with a massive shout of promotion, so that match is going to be an absolute corker!!!!   Evergreens B had a fine 14-4 home win over Penwortham A to remain in 2nd place on the tables & with the 4 max pts, they still stand a very good chance of gaining promotion. Phil Barlow & Julian Pilling won all of their 6 games to be the best players.

In division 5, a five sided Whittle lost 6-12 at home to Evergreens C and Simon Wynn won 5 of the 6 took for the hosts! Penwortham B had a tight match this week when they hosted Brindle and found themselves on the ropes after the levels when Dave Burridge took all his 4 Men’s to assist the visitors going into a 3-5 lead. The opening mixed set was split before Dave Jackson & Rachael Moon took a pair in the 6th set to level the match and then in the 7th, Les Halton & Amanda Berry took Brindle back into an 6-8 lead when they took both games. In the 8th Set, Dave & Rachael split against Nick Fish & Linda Kozera to set up a nail-biting final set as the score stood at 7-9. In that final set, Ian Turner & Cathryn Jackson held their nerve for Penwortham & took both games 6 & 12 to help draw the match. Rachael was the best player on the night, she took 5 games.

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Paul. 

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Report From Paul Eastham

In division 1 this week, Hawks A hosted MGS A and found themselves 5-3 up after the levels including Elaine Danson picking up all of her 4 Ladies games. In the opening mixed sets, Hawks’ score climbed up to 9-3 as Nick Hodgson & Katie Dixon Turner won both in set 5 followed by another pair in the 6th by Andy Owen & Michelle Skinner. Oli Hives & Jen Rigby pulled a couple back for MGS in the 7th set, but a split 8th took the hosts over the finishing line followed by another pair in the final set by Nick & Katie. Final score, 11-7 as Katie won the POTM for all her 6 games & the win puts them a massive 16 pts clear of the drop zone. St Andrews A beat MGS B 16-2 to go top of the table once again as Cross Feathers have no match this week. Steve Taylor and Nicki McGrath were both statistically the best pair on the night to assist them to go into the top spot. David Lloyd beat Carlton A 12-6 to stay in a solid 4th place on the table, but dropped the bonus point as Andy Davies & Wendy Higgin took the required game in set 8 off Clarky & Joanna Holt. Andy Wiseman conceded 3 games due to feeling unwell.

In division 2, Carlton B got beat 1-16 at home by Hawks B as Lee Clayton & Emily Dainty won all of their 6 games to be the MVP’s. Clitheroe A maintained joint spot when they beat MGS D, 16-2. Tyler Allen & Andy Duggen won the opening 2 Men’s games to stop the total whitewash as Jess Portas was statistically the best player on the night. Hawks C had a cracking 12-6 win over Clayton Crusaders A to assist their relegation fears. Rob Oakes & Ali Peacock took the very last game to steal the vital bonus point, but the POTM on the night was Kelly Anderson, she won all of her 6 games. MGS C made light work of Andrews B they thrashed them 18-0 to keep in joint 1st place; not a single game went into double figures. Caroline Andrew was statistically the best player; Tom was the MVP for the Men’s and Ash moved into the basement.

In division 3, the hillbilly’s were back at the fort again and this weeks victims were leaders of the division, Evergreens A. The hosts got off to a cracking start as Tim Shipway took all of his 4 Men’s to assist in shooting Garstang into a 7-1 lead. A split opening mixed set was followed by Stuart Smerdon & Karen Pye taking a pair in the 6th set to win the match. Garstang piled on more misery on the leaders to eventually run out 14-4 winners to grab all 4 pts in a cracking home win that saw Evergreen’s lose their very 1st match of the season. The result keeps Garstang in a very threatening 3rd place & the POTM was Tim, he won all of his 6 games. MGS E had a fine 11-7 win over the team above them on the tables, Clitheroe B. They got off to a 5-3 start in the levels before building a 7-3 lead when James Dewolf & Sarah Woodhouse won the opening mixed set. Darryl H Smith & Lauren Davis pulled a couple back for Clitheroe in set 6 before 2 split sets in 7 and 8 for a 9-7 score-line. In the final set James & Sarah won both games 17-14 & 15-2 to wrap up the match at 11-7. James & Sarah won all of their 6 to assist in the win and be the best players. Clayton Crusaders B got off to a 5-3 start in the levels against opponents, Hawks D; Dylan Butcher won all of his 4 Men’s. Irv & Gail Monk took a pair in the opening mixed set to square the match before Victor Chow & Katy Dutton won both in set 6 to take Clayton back into a 7-5 lead. A split set was followed by Victor & Katy winning both games again in set 8 to win the match. Final score was 10-8 to Clayton as Victor took home the POTM award for winning all of his 6 games & help the team stay in 2nd place.

In division 4, St. Andrews C hosted Project 12 this week and despite the point’s difference at the foot of the table, the visitors put up a good fight. St. Andrews trounced them in the levels, going 7-1 up which included Emma Ryding winning all of her 4 Ladies. A tight opening mixed set was split followed by Paul Whitehouse & Sarah Coultas winning a pair in set 6 to pull the score back to 8-4. A split 7th set took Andy’s on the verge, but set 8 was won by Jon Jackson & Katt Platt winning a pair to claw the score back to 9-7. In the final set, Graham Forrest & Jane Godsland won both games to 10 & 13 to take Andy’s over the line for the win. In the 11-7 win, Jane won 5 games to be the best player & help the team move 15 pts clear of their opponents. Garstang B had a tight match this week when they hosted joint leaders, Evergreens B and got off to a 5-3 lead in the levels sets. Tony Augustyniak & Emily Milner won the opening mixed set to square the match before Lee Meakin & Emma Gilfoyle took both in set 6 to take Garstang back into 7-5 lead. Set 7 was split before Lee & Emma wrapped the win by winning both games in set 8 and Evergreens took the last pair for a score-line of 10-8. Emma won all her 6 to assist in the cracking win over the leaders. Hawks E got beat 1-17 at home by the leaders of the division, Clayton Crusaders C; only Dave Sherrington & Marian Bamber winning the single game to stop the total whitewash; however the score, I believe does not reflect how close the games were. Clayton Crusaders D v Penwortham A………………. No card at time of report being published.

In division 5, Brindle gave the leaders of the division, Mythop B a good run for their money despite getting off to a bad start in the levels by winning just 2 Men’s games for a 2-6 score as Helena Lemper took all of her 4 Ladies games. In the opening mixed set, Nick Fish & Linda Kozera won a pair for Brindle before 2 split sets for a 6-8 score-line. In the 8th Mark Green & Wan Desmond took both games for Mythop to win the match before Nick & Linda won the final games in the 9th set for a very respectable 8-10 result. Nick won 5 for Brindle and Helena won 5 for Mythop to assist in the win and take the team a massive 14 points clear. Preston College had a tight match this week when they hosted St. Andrews D and they were on the ropes in the Levels as the visitors went 2-6 up when Phil Newsome won all his 4 Men’s games. Then in the mixed, College squared the match when Mick & Hazel Bradshaw won a pair in set 5 and then Dave Dunk & Janet Keys won both in set 6. In the 7th set, Matt Barton & Anne Ashworth won both to take Andy’s back into the lead at 6-8 when they won both games. In set 8, Dave & Janet won a pair to set up an 8 all classic in which Mick & Hazel won both games to win the match 10-8 for College. Hazel & Janet won 5 games each. Penwortham B beat a five sided Whittle, 13-5 to take all 4 points and leave their opponents rooted to the foot of the table.

Paul.