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Week 20 Report W/E 15th February

17/02/2019

Division 2
3 teams fight it out for the runners up place.
First up was Kingfisher B who overcame Project 12 by 16-8. With both the ladies and mens levels ending 5-1 in Kingfisher's favour the win was almost secured. However Project fought hard in the mixed and won 6 games to gain a vital bonus point. Lynne Williams won 7 and was best player on the night whilst Project's games were spread amongst the team with 4 players winning 3 games each. Kingfisher will probably need to win their final match - however it’s against league leaders Hesketh! Project with a tough final match v Pilling to play but this bonus point may just keep them up.

Pilling B kept up the pressure at the top with a strong display against bottom team Lids C who continue to fight despite the 21-3 score line. Alison Crosbie won all her 8 games and Mark Green was involved in all the 3 games that Lids won. Pilling have 2 winnable games left (including a game in hand) though they are 3 points behind Kingfisher.

Relegation threatened but much improved Fleetwood B were involved in a close match against promotion outsiders Lids B. With the score tied at 6-6 going into the mixed and both teams needing the points, it was no surprise when the first 2 sets were split for 8-8. When Fleetwood won the next 2 sets to lead 12-8 it looked like game over, however Lids fought hard and managed to win the final 4 games, including a 24-22 setting to earn a draw.The 2 points for Lids means promotion is now unlikely but the 2 points for Fleetwood may prove crucial in their fight to stay up.

League leaders Hesketh A put in a dominant display to win 20-4 against Stanley A. Nicky Johnson and Richard Percival were the most successful players on the night for winning all 8 games. For Stanley Lynsey Rees and Lee Meakin won a levels game and 2 mixed. Stanley drop into the bottom 2 and needing points from their final 2 (tough) games. Not only does this win secure promotion but it means that Hesketh, who have been in pole position all season, are deserving Division 2 champions!

Division 3
A crucial, tense match with second place potentially at stake between Kirkham A and Ribby A, was held on Monday with both teams affected by injuries and missing players. Ribby stormed into an early 4-2 lead but then, importantly, Kirkham fought back to win the remaining 6 levels to take an 8-4 advantage into the mixed. Ribby fought back well and won 4 of the next 6 games (two of which finished 21-19 and 22-20) to make it 10-8 and all to play for! The tension began to rise again with both teams studying the match card closely to check the scores. There were 6 games to play and the result could still go either way. The match then flowed in Kirkham's favour as they won the last 6 games for a final score of 16-8. Katie Kinder and Ian Chase won 7 for Kirkham and Carol Howarth replied with 5 for Ribby who are now 4 points behind and unable to catch their local rivals. Kirkham finish the season in second place and probable promotion.

The match between Ribby Hall B and leaders Hesketh B proved to be a rather unexpected close match. With Ribby ladies and Hesketh men winning 5, the match was tied at 6 all. In the next 4 mixed sets 1 set went to Hesketh and 1 to Ribby with 2 sets split leaving the match in the balance at 10-10! However Hesketh were then able to win the last 2 sets for a too close for comfort win 14-10. Melanie Bunney played well for her 6 games for Ribby but Andy Manson was unstoppable on the night and won 8 games for Hesketh. Ribby safe in mid table but the 3 points for Hesketh means they, not only retain their unbeaten record but more importantly, are Division 3 Champions.

Stanley B entertained Kirkham Charter B with both teams needing points at the bottom end of the division. It was the ladies which ended 4-2 for Kirkham which proved decisive on the night as the mens and mixed ended all square. Both Steve Whyatt for Stanley and Katie Kinder for Kirkham won 6 games. First win of the season for Kirkham who are now 5 points behind Stanley with 2 games in hand.

 

Week 19 Report W/E 8th February

10/02/2019

Division 1
Kingfisher A expectedly beat Albany B. Only a Karen Pye and Fran Hellier split prevented a whitewash in the levels and the mixed ended 10-2 for a final score of 21-3. Kingfisher maintain 2nd spot. Alex Mackie, Adrian Greenwood and Luke Bennet won 8 whilst Karen also won a mixed for her 2 games.

A close match was anticipated between Pilling A and Lids A and so it turned out to be. It was 6-6 going into the mixed where Pilling won the first set for 8-6, Lids won the next 2 sets to lead 10-8 and Pilling won the 4th set to square the match at 10-10! However Lids finished strongly and won the last 4 games through Hannah Parr & Dan Cooper and then Jen Tsang and James Leigh. Pilling’s Elaine Danson won 7 and was POTM despite being on the losing team. Jen,James and Gee Him Sui won 6 in a great team performance.

Needing just a point to retain their title Fleetwood A proceeded to put on a champion’s performance and outclassed Albany A who won only 2 levels and 2 mixed. Although there were plenty of close games Fleetwood always had that extra edge and experience. Jenny Stothard and Lee Williams won 2 for Albany but Caroline Andrew was POTM for winning all her 8 games.

Division 2
Relegated Lids C were unable to match high flying Kingfisher B eventually losing 20-4. Despite the score line Lids C fought hard and were rewarded with 3 levels and 1 mixed. Mark Green ending up with a creditable 3 wins. Bernadette Tomlinson was POTM for winning all 8 games. Kingfisher clear in second with 2 games to go but 1 of these is against the division’s top team!

Lids B had a great away win against Project 12 to stay in 4th. A fantastic levels score of 11-1 put them in the driving seat and although Project came back in the mixed, Lids ran out winners 18-6. A total of 5 games went to settings including both games in a mixed set which ended 22-20 for Lids pair Lisa Munson and James Leigh against the unfortunate Nicky Carr and Paul Whitehouse from Project. Jon Jackson won 4 for the losers but young stars Steph Tsang and Dan Cooper won 3 level games and all their 4 mixed together for a match winning 7 games. Lids still outsiders for promotion whilst Project are far from safe with 2 very difficult games remaining.

League leaders Hesketh A, without a win in their last 2 games, had a tough match against next to bottom Fleetwood B who had only lost once in their previous 5 matches. Hesketh’s ladies easily won their 6 but Fleetwood responded by winning 5 mens. Each team won 3 of the next 6 to make the score 10-8 to Hesketh. When Fleetwood won the next set for 10-10 the match could have gone any way but Hesketh kept their nerve winning the last four games for a 14-10 final score. Hesketh need 1 win from 2 matches to win the division whilst the bonus point for Fleetwood means they could still avoid relegation. Hesketh’s Nicky Johnson and Fleetwood’s Alan Connolly had a great match each winning 7.

Division 3
2nd place promotion contenders Kirkham Charter A were easy 18-6 winners against Kingfisher C who despite their league position fought hard especially in the mixed. Katie Kinder won 8 games to be POTM and Harry Heywood managed to win 3 games for Kingfisher.

3rd place promotion contenders Ribby Hall A were also comfortable 18-6 winners against Stanley B. They got a match winning 10-2 lead in the levels and won the mixed 8-4. Gareth Jones had a great match for Stanley as he split all his games but it was Ribby’s Melissa Jones who was the star of the night for winning all 8 games. Ribby stay third only 2 points behind Kirkham and with a game in hand. However their last 2 matches are against 2nd place Kirkham with a final match against league leaders Hesketh !

Levels
Mid table Fleetwood had a good 12-4 win against Warton B. Proving that experience is still important, senior players Ant Cross and Mike Cooper were the best scorers on the night ! Ant won 8 for Fleetwood and Mike won 3 of Warton’s 4 games.

 

Week 18 Report W/E 1st February

02/02/2019

Division 1
Poulton won a tense encounter against rivals Albany A in a close match that had 3 settings which were all won by Poulton! Their ladies won 5-1 which was almost matched by Albany's men who won 4-2 and the mixed ended all square for a final score of 13-11. Poulton now climb up to second. Star of the match was Nikki Wilford who won 7 for the winners whilst Lee Williams won 6 for the unlucky losers.

Lids A beat Albany B by a comfortable score of 20-4. Despite losing all the ladies and mens levels Albany continued to fight hard and were rewarded by winning 4 mixed - 3 by Fran Hellier and Amit Mistry. For the winners both Jenny Tsang and James Leigh won all their 8 games.

League leaders and current champions Fleetwood A did a demolition job on Pilling A winning by the impressive margin of 21-3. Elizabeth Andrew and Andy Wiseman won their 4 levels games and then paired up to win all their mixed. Andy Davis and Elaine Danson split both their mixed and Andy also split a mens to win 3 games on the night.

Division 2
Fleetwood B produced a great comeback in their away match against an in form Pilling B with both teams at opposite ends of the table and needing the points. With Pilling ladies winning all 6 and Fleetwood men winning 5 it was all set up for a showdown in the mixed! Pilling won the first set and the next 2 sets were split to surely give the home team a winning 11-7 lead. However Fleetwood fought for every point and won 3 of the next 4 games to be only 12-10 down. Linda Adams and Nick Metcalfe then won both games for Fleetwood and a draw was secured! The 2 points for both teams mean Pilling continue their unbeaten run and remain favourites for 2nd place whilst Fleetwood continue to fight to avoid relegation.

Kingfisher B boosted their chances of promotion by winning at Stanley A by an impressive 22-2. They only dropped 1 mens and 1 mixed with Lynne Williams and Reb Dewhurst both winning 8. Reehan Khan was involved in Stanley's 2 wins as he split a mens and a mixed. Kingfisher level on points with Pilling but with a harder run in. Stanley's heavy defeat means they are now only 2 points ahead of the drop zone with 3 tough fixtures remaining.

Project 12 beat bottom team Lids C 22-2 to ease themselves away from relegation. Only Pauline Weafer and Dave Whiteside managed to win a mixed set for Lids. 4 players won 8 for Project - Kat Platt,Nicky Carr,Jon Jackson and Paul Whitehouse.

Top team Hesketh A were coasting to victory in their home match against promotion outsiders Lids B. They won the ladies 5-1 and with the mens split at 3-3 they led 8-4 going into the mixed. When they won the 1st mixed set and split the 2nd to be 11-5 up victory was in sight ...surely? However Lids showed great fighting spirit and won the next 6 games including 4 games from Steph Tsang and Dan Cooper to tie the match at 11-11. In the last set Helen Miller and Simon Tebbutt won the 1st game 21-16 to put Lids in front for the first time but Hesketh's Nicky Johnson and Steve Blackburn held their nerve to win the last game 22-20 for a memorable draw ! 2 points to both teams. Sheena Carberry won 6 for Hesketh but was Dan POTM with 7 games. Hesketh have some tricky fixtures left but needing only 6 points from 9 for the title. Lids likely to just miss out on promotion.

Levels
A great team effort from Warton B gave them an 11-5 victory over Stanley and helped to move them off the bottom. Warton Juniors provided 50% of the Warton B team with Stephan Martinovsky and Scott Leadbetter (making his league debut) providing the youth helped by Warton Seniors Mike Cooper and Kevin Youles who provided the experience! Lee Meakin won 4 for Stanley
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Week 17 Report W/E 25th January

27/01/2019

Division 1
No matches

Division 2
In form Pilling B, in second place , hosted top placed Hesketh A who were not only unbeaten but had won all their previous matches! Pilling won by the surprising score of 18-6 possibly due to Hesketh not being at full strength. Jane Grey and Tim Shipway both won all their 4 levels and then together won their 4 mixed. Only Sheena Carberry managed 50% for the league leaders. Hesketh's lead cut to 4 points but with difficult games still to play against Kingfisher B and Lids B and with Pilling having 4 easier matches left the title is far from certain!

Two teams also in the mix for promotion met on Wednesday and it was the visitors Kingfisher B who came away victorious with a 15-9 win against rivals Lids B. Despite winning 4 mens Lids were undone by Kingfisher's women who won all 6 and with some good results in the mixed Kingfisher ran out winners and leapfrog Lids into 3rd only 1 point behind Pilling. Lids at least get a bonus point to stay in contention but must now be considered outsiders for promotion. Sarah Woodhouse was POTM for a great performance in winning all 8 whilst Dan Cooper played well and managed to win 3 mens and 3 mixed.

Division 3
Kingfisher C conceded their home match against Stanley B. This will almost certainly mean they will finish in the bottom 2 whilst moving Stanley away from the bottom.

Kirkham Charter A had a straightforward 18-6 win in their match versus Ribby Hall B. Ribby managed to win 3 ladies but only 1 mens and 2 split mixed. The 3 points for Kirkham mean they jump back into second 2 points ahead of Ribby's A team but having played 1 game more. Ribby B remain comfortable in mid table. Katie Kinder, Ian Chase and Dave Mackay all lost just 1 game for Kirkham and Melanie Bunney replied with 4 for Ribby.

Levels
Project 12 jump into top slot with an easy win against Stanley by 15-1. Jon Jackson and Rob Monks were never really troubled in winning all their 8 games. Only Jake Meakin and Steve Whyatt had a consolation win.

Fleetwood had a comfortable night in their home match against Albany winning 12-4. Mr Consistent Ant Cross again won all his 8 games. Steve Tivey won half his games for Albany.

 

Week 16 Report W/E 18th January

19/01/2019

Division 1
Bottom team Albany B were always going to struggle against Pilling A even with a full team but with a lady short their task became impossible. Of the 16 games actually played Pilling won 14 with both Andy Davis and Steve Beniston winning all their 6. Karen Pye and Paul Cross won a great mixed set to give Albany their only 2 games.

In the match Lids A v Kingfisher A the home team had high hopes of a shock win as they led 8-4 after the levels thanks mainly to their men who won 5. However Kingfisher proved their strength in the mixed and they won the first 6 games to lead 10-8. Lids knew their chance had gone and the match ended 14-10 to Kingfisher who jump back into second place. All the men from Lids - Sam Ames, Will Booth and Dan Cooper won 4 but Jess Logue the POTM with 6 games for the winners.

Once again Fleetwood A were too strong for Poulton and ran out winners by 15-9. Poulton Ladies won 4 and Fleetwood men won 5 to give the champions a narrow 7-5 lead. In the mixed there were many close games but Fleetwood pulled ahead winning 8 of the 12 games for an overall victory by 15-9. Fleetwood nearly at the finishing line and Poulton's bonus point keep them in contention for second. All Fleetwood's men - Tim Vickers and Dave and Andy Wiseman won 6 and Nikki Wilford top scorer again for Poulton with 5.

Division 2
Mid table Stanley A were too strong and won comfortably 20-4 against Lids C who despite their bottom position fought very hard with most games being competitive. The home team won 11 levels and 3 mixed sets were split. Lynsey Rees and mixed partner Lee Meakin won 8 and Ceri Smith-Jaynes and Nan Pilkington were Lids best scorers winning 2 games each.

Project 12 entertained Fleetwood B in a very close match. The hosts won 5 ladies but Fleetwood's men won all 6 to give them a slender lead of 7-5. Project won the first mixed set and Fleetwood quickly replied by winning the next set to maintain their lead 9-7. The next 3 sets were all split leaving Fleetwood 12-10 up. In the last set, Project won the first game but Fleetwood's Sue McAusland and Ant Cross held their nerve to win the second game 21-15 for a crucial match win 13-11. Fittingly, Ant was Fleetwood's top scorer with 7 and Projects Kat Platt with a great effort won 7 also. Second bottom Fleetwood now only 3 points behind Project with both teams having 3 tough matches and 1 easier game left !

Division 3
Ribby Hall A came away with an expected 20-4 win to struggling Kingfisher C. Carol Howarth was the only player to win all their games and Harry Haywood was involved in all the 4 games that Kingfisher won - A great effort ! With 3 games to go Ribby move up to second 1 point ahead of Kirkham Charter but with 2 tough fixtures remaining including playing the league leaders and a crunch match versus Kirkham!

Levels
There was only 1 close game as Warton A beat their B team 16-0 in a match described as a thrashing ! Adrian Speakman was statistically the best player by 1 point.

 

Week 15 Report W/E 11th January

12/01/2019

Division 1
A great match to start 2019 as Albany A defeated Kingfisher A 15-9 in a game they had to win to have any chance of finishing runners up. Whilst the ladies ended 3-3 , Albany won 4 mens to move ahead 7-5. Kingfisher won the opening mixed set to tie the match at 7-7 but Albany won the next 2 sets to edge nearer to victory at 11-7. When Kingfisher closed the gap to 11-9 it was still game on but Albany finished strongly and won the last 4 games to claim a hard fought win in a great team effort. The win moves Albany into second place 1 point above both Kingfisher & Poulton. Jenny Stothard and Rob Oakes won 6 for Albany and Jess Logue and Jonathan Mosley won 5 for Kingfisher.

Poulton A had a satisfying home win against Pilling A to keep them in contention for second place and once again it was Poulton's strong ladies who gave them a great start by comfortably winning all 6. The men's were more competitive with Pilling winning 4. However the home team stormed through the mixed for a final score of 17-7 as Pilling just missed out on a bonus point. Poulton now equal 3rd and just 1 point behind Albany. Dawn Whitby was POTM for winning all her 8 games for Poulton, whilst Andy Davis had a great match as he was involved in all of Pilling's 7 wins !

Lids A conceded their home match v Fleetwood A.

Division 2
Another great match to start 2019 for a 2nd v 3rd contest between in form Pilling B and Lids B. Pilling won the ladies 5-1 with Lids winning the mens by the same score for a tied 6-6 score line. Into the mixed where the scores changed frequently...6-8 8-8 8-10 10-10 before the home side won the 5th set to lead 12-10. However Lids, with a combination of youth and experience, were not to be denied with Carole Booth and Dan Cooper winning the final set for a hard fought draw. 2 points for each team putting them in joint second on the same points with Pilling just 1 game better ! Jane Gray won 7 for Pilling and Simon Tebbutt won 6 games for Lids.

Division 3
Ribby Hall B consolidated their mid table position with a seemingly straightforward 18-6 win v bottom team Kingfisher C. However most of the games were actually quite close with just a few points separating the scores. Unusually, everyone for Ribby won 6 ! Statistically though, Melanie Bunney was POTM for having the best points difference. For Kingfisher Debby Oddy managed to win 3 games.

Ribby Hall A kept in touch with 2nd place but had to work very for their win against a struggling but determined Kirkham Charter B. After the levels, Ribby were down 5-7 and then 5-9 after the first set of mixed. However a run of 6 consecutive games changed the match and took them into the lead at 11-9 and as the last 2 sets were split, they ran out winners 13-11. Emma Nickson won 6 for Ribby as did Katie Kinder for Kirkham.

A close match was anticipated as leaders Hesketh B played 2nd place Kirkham Charter A with the pressure on Hesketh not only to maintain their unbeaten run but also their top spot. Kirkham pushed Hesketh all the way but unfortunately were not strong enough as the home team went 9-3 up after the levels and then won 10 of the 12 mixed games to win 19-5. Best performers for winning 7 were Angela Fletcher, Vanessa Butcher and Andy Manson from Hesketh and Ian Cartmel won 4 of Kirkham's 5 games.

Levels
Stanley were too strong for struggling Albany winning 12-4. Kyle Copeland and Richard Bates won 3 for Albany but it was Steve Wyatt of Stanley who was POTM for winning all his 8 games.

Warton were on the wrong end of a surprising result losing 9-7 away to Fleetwood. Only Jeremy Cara won more than half his games for Warton with 5/8 whilst another veteran Anthony Cross was POTM for winning 7!

 

Season Review ....so far!

04/01/2019

Division 1
Fleetwood A go marching on and will surely win their 23rd consecutive title and 44th in total having won all their games so far for a 100% record.
The battle is on for silver with Kingfisher A firm favourites if they gain revenge for their early season defeat to Albany A - a draw would probably be good enough for Kingfisher. Realistically Albany and Poulton A are fighting for the bronze.
As Warton A pulled out at the start of the season this may leave Albany B as the only team to be actually relegated.

Division 2
Hesketh A are heading back to Division 1 after an impressive start which has seen them win all 9 games and establish a significant gap at the top.
Once again the battle is on for 2nd place with Kingfisher B ahead of the chasing pack by 1 point but having played 1 game more than both Pilling B in 3rd and Lids B in 4th.
Lids C are doomed in bottom place and Fleetwood B have a tough task to catch Stanley A who are 4 points better off thanks to gaining 6 bonus points from their 9 games!

Division 3
Hesketh B are in pole position having won 8 and drawn 1 - however Kirkham Charter A are only 4 points behind with a game in hand. Ribby Hall A are outsiders for promotion as they are 9 points off the top though they do have 2 games in hand over the leaders.
Kingfisher C and Kirkham Charter B occupy the bottom 2 positions. Stanley B are still not completely clear as they have only 3 matches left, however 2 of them are against the two teams below them.

Levels
The top involves a 2 horse race with Project 12 in front by 1 point but Warton are favourites as they have played 1 match less.
Albany B have a slender 1 point advantage over bottom placed Warton B but with 5 games left this is too close to call!

Other useful/useless Info

Fleetwood A have the top score of all the teams in the league with an average of 19 games per match !

Hesketh are the most successful club with both their A & B teams top of their respective divisions. Between them they have won 17 and drawn 1 with 0 losses and averaged 18 games per match!

A unique game in the Levels Division occurred when Albany beat Warton B 10-6 as Albany fielded an all ladies team!

Individual performance of the season goes to Nikki Wilford who was POTM for winning all her 8 games despite being on the losing team when Poulton A lost 13-11 to Kingfisher A in a recent Division 1 match.

Comebacks of the season were both in Division 2.
Project 12 beating Lids B 14-10 after being down 4-10!
Stanley A coming from 2-10 to draw 12-12 with Fleetwood B

Most settings so far is 5 in a Division 2 match Kingfisher B v Pilling B which ended appropriately in a draw.

Matches restart on Monday 7th with 2 huge games both at Preesall!
Division 1 2nd v 3rd Kingfisher A v Albany A
Division 2 3rd v 4th Pilling B v Lids B

As a reminder please send scorecards in ASAP (the same night would be great) and remember to copy me in when you send them to Ant.

Happy New Year and enjoy the rest of the season!

Brian
b.m.oakes@hotmail.co.uk

 

Blackpool v Preston Sunday 16th December

19/12/2018

Blackpool lost 11-4 to a very strong Preston side in an entertaining and competitive match with many close games including several that went to settings. The team won 1 singles 1 ladies doubles and 2 mixed. Cath & Michelle were our best performers each winning 2 out their 3 games.

Team
Cath Bagley (Fleetwood)
Michelle Skinner (Poulton)
Sian Meakin (Albany)
Jenny Stothard (Albany)
Ant Forrest (Poulton)
Dave Wiseman (Fleetwood)
Tim Vickers (Fleetwood)
Luke Donaghan (ANO)

Thanks to the players for all their efforts.

 

Week 14 Report W/E 14th December

16/12/2018

Division 1
Albany A entertained Pilling A and just creep into the top 3 with a very hard fought win 15-9. Pilling were only down 7-5 after the levels and were in the game until Albany forged ahead by winning 7 of the next 8 games to go 14-6 up. With the match lost, Pilling set their sights on getting to 8 games and a consolation bonus point which they achieved by winning 3 of the last 4 games. All Albany’s ladies Natalie Appleyard, Sian Meakin and Serena Hindle won 6 but Serena proved to be the best player statistically by having the best points difference. Once again Andy Davis was Pilling’s best player winning 6 games.

Division 2
Pilling B continue their march up the table with a great win 16-8 against arch rivals Kingfisher B. Pilling held a slight 7-5 advantage after the mixed but it was all square when Lynne Williams and Paul McSweeney won the opening mixed set to level the match at 7-7! This achievement was short lived however, as Pilling won the next 8 games to get to 15-7. Both games in the last mixed set went to 22-20 with Kingfisher’s Mia Anderton and Gordon Jackson winning 1 game to earn an important bonus point which just keeps them in second place.

Stanley A avenged their early season defeat to Project 12 by narrowly winning the return match 13-11. A winning start in the levels of 8-4 provided Stanley with a much needed cushion as Project won the mixed 7-5. Lee Meakin was the POTM for winning 7 and both Sarah Coultas and Mark Pickles for Project won 6.

No shocks in the bottom v top clash between Lids C and Hesketh A which ended 21-3 for the leaders. Nicky Johnson and Sheena Carberry both won 8 as Hesketh secured their 9th win from 9! A great performance from Mark Green who was involved in all the 3 games that Lids won.

Division 3
Kirkham A were a couple of A team ladies missing, but that didn’t stop them beating Stanley B 20-4. Emma Gilfoyle smashed her way through the night winning all 8 games. The cold must have got to Harvey and Sarah, who were so keen to keep play going that in their haste, they didn’t realise that they had played the wrong pairing in their first mixed set! They then ended up playing their correct 4 mixed games, therefore playing all three of Stanley’s pairs on the night - a record of sorts! Maya Meakin and Paul Marshall won 1 levels and 1 mixed.

Kingfisher unfortunately had to concede their match v Hesketh B.

Levels
Fleetwood had a comfortable away win against Albany 11-5. It was tied 3-3 after 6 games but then Fleetwood proved to be too strong and won 8 of the last 10 games to move into mid table.Ashley Funnel was POTM for winning 7 and a good display from Kyle Copeland who won 4 of Albany’s 5 games.

No more games now until after the holidays.
Matches resume week commencing Monday 7th January

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Brian Oakes.

 

Week 13 Report W/E 7th December

08/12/2018

Division 1
Albany A kept in the hunt for a top 3 finish after defeating Lids A 15-9. The ladies gave Albany a perfect start winning all 6 whilst the men managed to win 2 games. Lids fought hard in the mixed games losing only 7-5 but Jen Tsang and Will Booth won the final pair for an important bonus point. Both Natalie Appleyard and Jenny Stothard won 7 and Sam Ames won 5 for Lids.

Poulton A and Kingfisher A had another close match with Kingfisher winning 13-11 for the second time this season. As usual Poulton's ladies were unstoppable and won all 6 but in the men's Kingfisher won 5-1 to narrow the deficit to 7-5. Of the next 10 games 6 went to Kingfisher for an 11-11 score line before Linda Franks and Chris Foote won the final set to secure victory! Despite being on the losing team Poulton's Nikki Wilford won her 4 ladies and her 4 mixed with Ant Forrest to be POTM. Luke Bennett won 7 important games for Kingfisher who are now favourites for the runners up spot.

Jenny Stothard and Fran Hellier played well to win their ladies 2-0 , however this proved to be the only games that Albany B managed in their match v Fleetwood A . The current leaders eventually won 22-2. Dave Wiseman won 8 and had the best points difference.

Division 2
Kingfisher B find themselves in joint second after a home win v Fleetwood B by 17-7. The away team were still in the match at 7-5 down after the levels, however Kingfisher proved much too strong in the mixed winning 8-2. Fleetwood miss out on a precious bonus point in their fight to avoid the drop. Lynne Williams once again Kingfisher's star player with 8 games and Nick Metcalf was Fleetwood's best performer with 4 games.

Lids B move up to joint second after a 19-5 win over their own C team who remain in bottom place. Lisa Musson, Helen Miller and James Leigh all won 7. For the C team Jason Lydon had a great match winning 4 of his teams 5 games.

Hesketh A maintained their 100% record and their top spot after an excellent 19-5 win over Project 12 who now slip into mid table. Nicky Johnson won all her 8 games and Jon Jackson won 3 for Project.

Division 3
Bottom club Kirkham Charter B showed a lot of fighting spirit to earn a draw against league leaders Hesketh B who had previously won all their games! The Kirkham team played very well and were thrilled with the result which they could have won - Penny Page and Richard Passcucci were unlucky to lose 2 games to settings. At 10-12 down, Kirkham's Sarah Roberts and Dave MacKay comfortably won the last set to secure the draw and 2 vital points. Best players on the night were Dave and Hesketh's Vanessa Butcher who both won 6 games.

Unfortunately Stanley B took a heavy beating 20-4 against Ribby Hall B as they were one lady down and had to forfeit 8 games. Dave Johnson was on form winning 7 out of 8 games for Ribby who leapfrog Stanley in the table.

Levels
Project 12 moved to the top after with a 12-4 away win against Warton B.
Although Jon Jackson was POTM with all 8 games, the star of the match was 17 yr old debutant Stephan Martinovsky from Warton Juniors who won 2 games. Baptism of fire against a strong team! Well done Stephan!