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Cup Report W/E 13th March


Gazette Trophy
Kingfisher A +30 v Poulton - Poulton won by 8 points.
3rd v 2nd in Division 1 was a very close match, in which Poulton did just enough in the levels to win. Despite the absence of their best player, Kingfisher fought hard, especially in the mixed, but were never able to catch their opponents. The handicap was recovered early on as Poulton ladies won by 30 and their men by 15 to be 15 points ahead after the levels. Kingfisher actually won 7 games in the mixed and by 7 points but just fell short of their target. Kingfisher's Chris Foote had a good match as he won 6 games, including all 4 mixed with Jess Logue, and gained 22 points. Newly crowned Player of the Season, Michelle Skinner ended with a 45 points advantage to be POTM, just ahead of partner Nick Hodgson on 42.

Bridgewood Trophy
Kirkham Charter A v Hesketh B +50 - Kirkham won by 61 points.
The bottom 2 teams from Division 2 started with Kirkham trying to make up a 50 point deficit. Kirkham started well, as the ladies pulled back 35 points and the men 34 to put them ahead by 19 points after the handicap. Kirkham maintained the pressure in the mixed, which they comfortably won by 42 points. Kirkham's Emma Gilfoyle was the best player on +55 and teammate Richard Pascucci ended on +43.


Cup Report W/E 6th March


Gazette Cup

Pilling A v Pilling B +70 - Pilling B win by 15 points
Cup matches between teams from the same club, but different divisions, are usually tense but very exciting, and this was no exception . As expected, the A team won the ladies by 33 points and mens by 21 points. This gain of 54 points meant the difference was now reduced to 16 points and that the A were now favourites. The very first set went +18 to the A to put them into the lead for the first time by 2. However Pilling B showed all their fighting qualities as the next set put them back in front by 11 points. Next 2 sets were narrow wins for the A, who were now only 2 points behind. The penultimate set proved to be the most crucial set of the whole match as Pilling's No 1 pair of Elaine Danson and Andy Davis faced B teamers Kath Coleman and Mike Aspden. Surprisingly, the underdogs managed to win the first game by a big margin 21-12. The A pair recovered to win the second game but only by 21-18. All this meant that the B team were now 8 points ahead with the final 2 games to play! Alison Crosbie and Dan Walton from the B lost the first game narrowly 21-18 but then comfortably won the second 21-11 to finish as winners!

Albany A v Fleetwood B + 255 - Albany A win by 44 points
Albany had to play consistently well to overcome a tough handicap against a decent Fleetwood side. Albany gained 86 points in the ladies and 80 in the mens to cut the handicap to 89 at the half way stage. In the first 3 sets of the mixed, Albany gained another 71 points to be just 18 points behind. Then in the final 3 sets another gain of 62 points meant Albany were the winners by a good margin of 44 points. Sian Nixon was POTM, finishing on a points difference of +117 !

Fleetwood A went through to the next round as Kingfisher B conceded.

Bridgewood Trophy

Ribby Hall A v Ribby Hall B +100 - Ribby A win by 36 points
The Ribby teams had mixed fortunes this season with the A narrowly missing out on second place with the B unfortunately finishing bottom. Both matches had ended 18-6 for the A and so the handicap of +100 for the B looked reasonable. The A picked up 36 points in the ladies and 22 points in the mens to pull back 58 points at the half way stage. However, in the first 3 sets, the handicap was overtaken as the A team gained another 45 points to move 3 points into the lead and just needing to maintain their superiority in the final 6 games - which they did by 33 points. Graham Bielby had the best points difference on the night.

Lids B +120 v Stanley A - Lids B win by 20 points.
The top 2 teams in Division 3 met with the new Champions Stanley facing a tough handicap. Lids ladies actually gained 15 points but Stanley's men, the 3 best performers in the division, pulled back 63 points to reduce Lids lead to 72. Stanley's task was made more difficult as the first set was split with Lids picking up 2 points. In the next 2 sets Stanley gained 35 points to remain behind by 39 points. The 4th set proved to be the crucial set as Lids 1st pair of Pauline Weafer and Mark Green won both 21-15 and 21-14 to put Lids 52 points up and close to victory. Although Stanley pulled back 32 points in the final 2 sets it wasn't enough as Lids triumphed by 20 points. Pauline was the star player as she not only won 7 but more importantly gained 35 points for her team.


Players of the Season 2019-20


Players of the Season

Division 1
2 Cath Bagley Fleetwood 80.2%
3 Caroline Andrew Fleetwood 79.2%
4 Nick Hodgson Poulton 78.8%
5 Luke Bennett Kingfisher 77.3%

Division 2
2 Alison Crosbie Pilling 82.5%
3 Steph Tsang Lids 79.2
4 Tim Shipway Pilling 78.1%
5 Steve Beniston Pilling 78.1%

Division 3
2 Lee Meakin Stanley 91.3%
3 Reehan Khan Stanley 86.3%
4 Angela Longstaff Stanley 81.3%
5 Wan Desmond Lids 79.2%

2 Nathan Bunting Warton 87.5%
3 Jeremy Cara Warton 85.4%
4 Jon Jackson Project 12 83.8%
5 Graham Cooper Warton 80.7%


Week 22 Report W/E 28th February *FINAL WEEK*


Division 1
Fleetwood A played their final match against Pilling A, in the knowledge that a draw would retain their title. However, a draw was never likely as they dropped only 1 mens to Michael Banks and Mike Aspden, and then proceeded to win all the mixed for a resounding 23-1 win! Cath Bagley was statistically the MVP ! Congratulations to Fleetwood for their 24th successive title - an astonishing achievement given the challenge they had from a strong Poulton side.

A tight match was anticipated as 2nd place Poulton played 3rd place Kingfisher A but Poulton ladies proved much too strong, winning all 6 whilst the men's ended 3-3. With the lead at 9-3, Poulton then won 5 of the next 6 games before Kingfisher rallied to take 4 of the last 6 games and claim a consolation point. Michelle Skinner, once again, the top scorer in the match with 7. Chris Foote, the only Kingfisher player to win more than half their games, with 5. Poulton finish their successful season in 2nd with Kingfisher a distant third.

Kingfisher B needed to win their final match to move out of the bottom 2. However, their hopes were quickly crushed, as Albany A cruised to an unassailable 11-1 lead after the levels. And when Albany took the first mixed set through Natalie Appleyard and Lee Williams, it was match over - The final score 21-3 to Albany. Despite the defeat, Sarah Woodhouse capped off a fine season as she was involved in all 3 Kingfisher wins - 1 ladies and 2 mixed splits. Rob Oakes with the maximum for the winners.

Division 3
The wooden spoon was at stake in the bottom of the table clash between Kirkham Charter B and Ribby Hall B. Kirkham were 1 point behind Ribby and therefore only a win would lift them above their rivals. In the ladies, Ribby had the edge at 4-2, but Kirkham's men proved much stronger by winning all 6 for a 8-4 lead. Ribby fought back by winning 3 of the next four games to reduce the deficit to 9-7 and give themselves a small chance. However this was quickly denied, as Kirkham won the next 2 sets for victory. 3 of the last 4 also went Kirkham's way for a final score of 16-8 ! The defeat consigns Ribby to last place whilst Kirkham finish 1 point ahead! Julie Lalouette was unlucky to finish on the losing team as she won an excellent 6 games. Kirkham must be grateful for Ian Cartmel who, played well under pressure, and comfortably won all his 8 games.

Promotion chasing Lids B knew that only a win against Stanley B, would make them runners up at the expense of Ribby Hall A. They made a solid start winning 4 ladies and 3 men's to lead 7-5 going into the mixed. The first 4 games were split but in the 3rd set Lids won both games to lead 11-7. Stanley replied by winning the next 2 to reduce Lids lead to 11-9. In the penultimate set, Lids pairing of Julie Bennett and James Norman won the 2 games to give Lids the win - both games won on setting 22-20! Last 2 games went to Stanley. Final score 13-11 to Lids and runners up spot. Kathy Howard and Marshall Collins won 5 for Stanley and Julie and James together with Wan Desmond won 5 for Lids.

After winning the first 6 games, Project 12 cruised to a 11-5 win, although Warton B put up a fight and actually won 5 of the last 10 games to earn themselves a point. Jon Jackson won 8 games and Giles Uppard was Warton's best player on the night. Project finish comfortably in third, but some distance from the top 2. Warton had a good season and finished mid table.

In their final match, Warton C had an important match against Bloomfield. The opening 4 sets were all split and then Gregor Creelman and Harrison Uppard won a pair to put Warton in front. Richard Pascucci and Phil Hough replied for Bloomfield to take the match to 6-6. In the final sets, Warton’s other pair of Stephan Martinovsky and Richard Bates won a set and Richard and Phil won another pair for a 8-8 final result. The draw, and the 2 points, was enough to take Warton off the bottom.


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Week 21 Report W/E 21st February


Week 21 Report W/E 21st February

Division 2
Champions Pilling B rounded off their season with an emphatic 20-4 win against Fleetwood B. Pilling were much better in every part of the match, winning both the ladies and mens 5-1 and then the mixed 10-2. Sue Pelham was the star of the match as she won all 8 games . Sue McAusland won 3 for Fleetwood, who end their season with a run of 4 defeats in 5 matches. Pilling worthy division winners, finishing well clear of second place. They dropped just 2 points all season and averaged an impressive 18 games per match.

On a wet and windy Wednesday the match that decided the runners up spot featured promotion chasing Albany B and much improved Lids A. And it could not have been any closer! The match was tied at 6-6 after the levels and the first 3 sets of the mixed ended away win, split, home win to take the match to 9-9. When Lids took the next set it left Albany needing 3 wins from the final 4 games, for a draw. Albany then won a pair to take the match to a 1 set showdown. The 1st game went easily to Lids. The second game, despite being match points down, went to Albany pair of Claire Thompson and Amit Mistry, for a 12-12 draw and the much needed 2 points! Amit and Rob Cockerill both won 5 for Albany but Steph Tsang of Lids was the clear POTM as she won all 8. Lids finish the season in mid table and unbeaten in their final 4 matches. Albany tie with Project 12 on 27 points but finish second by virtue of just 6 extra games!

Division 3
Kingfisher C delivered a hammer blow to the promotion aspirations of Ribby Hall A. The match was very close throughout, starting with the levels which ended all square with both Kingfisher men and Ribby ladies winning 5. In the mixed, 5 of the 6 sets were split! The only decisive set was won by mixed pair Debbie Oddy and Adam Cowell which gave Kingfisher the narrowest win 13-11. Adam and teammate Chris Hodkin won 6 as did Melissa Jones of Ribby. A much improved season from Kingfisher, who comfortably finish mid table after receiving last season's wooden spoon! Ribby finish on 27 points but may be overtaken by Lids B who sit 2 points behind. Lids need all 3 points next week to secure 2nd spot.

Top v bottom resulted in a 23-1 win for new champions Stanley A when they visited Kirkham Charter B who weren't helped by having to concede 8 games. Only a mixed split in the very last game from Verity Parker and Dave McKay, prevented the bagel. Steve Canavan played 8 games and won all 8. Kirkham meet fellow strugglers Ribby Hall B next week in a match they must win to avoid the wooden spoon. For Stanley this is a rapid return to Division 2, as they finish the season on maximum points and averaging a superb 19 games per match.

In the big match to decide the title, Warton A cruised to victory against their arch rivals Fleetwood. The first 3 sets were tight and were all split, but a mid match surge by Warton gave them the match and the championship. The visitors proved too strong as they won 8 consecutive games before 2 consolation games from Fleetwood at the end.
Ant Cross won 4 for the runners up but star man was Jeremy Cara with 7, ably supported by Jenish Prajapati with 6 with Nathan Bunting and Graham Cooper. Warton retain their title with 100% record with an average of nearly 14 games out of 16 !

Stanley had a comfortable 13-3 away win to Bloomfield to end the season in mid table. Colin Davison won all 8 and Ken Gerrard won 3 for Bloomfield who finish outside the bottom 2 in their debut season.

There were many close games and settings in the clash between bottom team Warton C and Broughton, who were next to bottom. Only 1 point separated these 2 teams before the match and only 1 point separated the teams afterwards, as they battled to a draw. Warton led 5-1 and then 8-6 going into the final set. However, a last set equaliser from Broughton's James Townson and Bipin Lad over Richard Bates and Gregor Creelman, who played on despite an injury. meant the match ended 12-12! Consolation for Gregor as he won 6 for Warton but James went 1 better for his 7 games.


Week 20 Report W/E 14th February


Division 1
Poulton had their biggest win of the season as they swept past Hesketh A who only had 1 mens and 1 mixed to show for their efforts. Richard Percival was involved in both of Hesketh's wins whilst Nikki Wilford, Michelle Skinner and Stuart Smerdon all had maximums. Poulton now with 30 points and a tough match with Kingfisher A to play.

Consistent Kingfisher A beat a below par Albany A to deservedly finish 3rd. Kingfisher were always ahead in this match winning both the levels and mixed by 8-4. Only a last mixed split from Jenny Stothard and Rob Oakes salvaging a point for Albany. Luke Bennett won 7 to be POTM and Jenny managed 5 for the losers.

Despite conceding 2 games Fleetwood A stay 1 point ahead at the top after beating Kingfisher B 20-4. Fleetwood's Cath Bagley was statistically the POTM and James De Wolf and Callum Grayson won a men's for Kingfisher. Still a lot at stake with 1 match to play for both teams. Fleetwood up to 31 points and needing just a draw against Pilling to retain their title. Kingfisher need a big win against Albany and hope Pilling don't win too many games against Fleetwood!

Division 2
Albany B overcame a determined Kirkham Charter A who were playing their final league match. After a poor start Albany were on the ropes and trailed their hosts by 7-5 at the end of the levels. Kirkham's ladies winning all 6. The first 3 sets in the mixed went to Albany, to take them into the lead 11-7. The final 3 sets ended 4-2 to Albany for a final match score of 15-9. Julie Somerside and Emma Gilfoyle both won 5 for the unlucky losers whilst Amit Mistry was the POTM as he won 8. For their efforts, Kirkham won a bonus point but this wasn't enough to avoid finishing in the relegation spots. Albany's win takes them to 25 points and needing just a draw in their final match next week to finish runners up.

Lids A move above Fleetwood B after a thumping 19-5 win. Lids were ahead 8-4 after the levels as their ladies won all 6, and then in the mixed they only dropped 1 more game. Lids ladies Steph Tsang and Lias Musson won all 8 games - Ant Cross was the only Fleetwood player to win half their games. Lids on a roll after their 3rd consecutive win puts them into fourth. Fleetwood conversely, sliding down the table after their 3rd loss in 4 matches.

In the final match of the season for both teams, Project 12 beat Hesketh B 18-6. Project were always in control after winning 4 ladies and 6 mens with the mixed also ending in their favour 8-4. Lisa Vickers was the only Hesketh player to win 50% whilst Project had 2 players who won 7 - Jon Jackson and Mark Pickles. After last season's promotion, Hesketh drop back down into Division 3. For Project, they end their fantastic season on 27 points. Now, it's a matter of wait and see, as they anxiously wait for the Albany result.

Division 3
Lids B, needing the points, managed to beat a stubborn Kingfisher C 16-8 in a match which had many close and exciting games. Lids only led 7-5 after the levels but a better performance in the mixed eventually gave them the win. Harry Heywood and Chris Hodkin won half their games for Kingfisher but a great performance from Wan Desmond, who won 7, helped her team to win. Kingfisher's bonus point means they will probably finish 4th. For Lids to finish second they not only need to win their last match but also require Ribby A to drop points next week.

A bottom of the table clash saw away team Stanley B come away with all 3 points in a close encounter with Ribby Hall B. There were many close games including several settings. Despite winning 4 ladies, Ribby only managed 1 other mens and 1 mixed. Melissa Jones helped to win 5 of Ribby's 6 games and Jake Meakin was POTM as he was the only player to win all 8. Stanley move well clear of bottom 2 but Ribby have a last match against fellow strugglers Kirkham Charter B to avoid the wooden spoon!

Project 12 comfortably beat Bloomfield 15-1 although there were several close games. Mark Pickles and Jon Jackson with the maximums and Richard Pascucci and Jordan Taylor-Millington won the consolation game. Project remain third from top and Bloomfield remain third from bottom.

Despite the 14-2 score line, bottom team Warton C managed to test a much changed Fleetwood side who were giving a debut to 13 year old Will Andrew! Jacob Carter won all his 8 games whilst Will managed to win 6! Richard Bates won 2 games for Warton who remain in bottom place. For Fleetwood the position is clear - they have a last match shootout against the unbeaten league leaders Warton A! However, not only do Fleetwood have to win, they also have to stop Warton A from winning 5 games and getting a bonus point !


Week 19 Report W/E 7th February


Division 1
Kingfisher B seemed to be heading for a heavy defeat to Poulton after losing the levels 11-1 ! with only a win in the final ladies preventing a whitewash. The tables were turned In the mixed however, as Kingfisher, fighting for their lives, won 8 games. This not only secured a point, but also kept alive their hopes of finishing outside the bottom places. A great team effort from Kingfisher especially from Rebecca Dewhurst and Gordon Jackson who won all 4 mixed including a last set victory to win a bonus point. Rebecca was top scorer for Kingfisher with 5 whilst Nick Hodgson comfortably won all his 8 games. Poulton and Fleetwood now with 2 remaining matches but Poulton not only have have the tougher matches but are crucially 1 point behind.

Division 2
No surprises in the top v bottom clash as Pilling B cruised to an 18-6 win against Kirkham Charter. At 4-8 down after the levels Kirkham were in with a chance of getting to 8 games, but in the mixed Pilling only dropped 2 games to leave Kirkham with no bonus point. Emma Gilfoyle and Amelia Parker both won 3 games for Kirkham. Alison Crosbie, Mike Aspden and Tim Shipway won 7 for Pilling. Many congratulations to Pilling as this result means they are deserved Champions averaging 18 games per match!

Albany B v Hesketh B was a one sided match especially as Hesketh were missing a lady. Hesketh sportingly played an A team player which meant that all the games could be played albeit 8 conceded. The score was 22-0 before Hesketh managed to split a mixed through Angela Fletcher and Andrew Jones 26-24 ! Albany, surprisingly, find themselves in a position where finishing 2nd is now a distinct possibility ! Of the games that counted Amit Mistry and Rob Cockerill both won 6 out of 6.

There was an exciting match between Project 12 and Lids which could have consequences on the final league positions! Project's men and Lids' ladies won 5 to tie the levels at 6-6. After both teams won a mixed set and another set was split, the score reached 10-10! In the final 2 sets Steph Tsang and Will Booth won a pair, whilst on the next court Lisa Masson and James Leigh lost the first game but then recovered to win the last game for a dramatic finish and a 13-11 win to Lids! Top scorers were Jon Jackson who won 6 for Project but POTM was Steph who won 7.

Division 3
Congratulations to table toppers Stanley A who defeated their nearest rivals Ribby Hall A 16-8 to win the division title. After a disappointing season last year which saw them relegated, Stanley have bounced back into Division 2, winning every match at an average of 19 games per match!. Despite the result, Ribby just need to win their final match to be runners up. Stanley only led 7-5 thanks to their men who won 6 but a great display in the mixed meant they only conceded 3 more games. Once again Emma Nickson was Ribby's best player with 5 games but star of the night was Reehan Khan who won all 8 games.

An injury meant Broughton conceded most of the games to give Bloomfield a 16-0 win and the 3 points which will keep them outside the bottom 2.

Only a Reehan Khan/Jake Meakin split prevented Fleetwood’s whitewash of Stanley. Nick Metcalfe and Jacob Carter with the maximums for title chasing Fleetwood who are still hot on the heels of their rivals Warton A.

Predicable result as Warton C were demolished by their own A team 16-0 - not helped by having to concede 8 games! C team rooted at the bottom and averaging less than 2 games per match. A team remain at the top conceding less than 2 games per match!


Players of the season information !


It is the final month for league matches with most teams having only 2-3 matches left.

There is a best player award for each division based on games played and won.

However - Please bear in mind

1) The award is for league matches only.

2) A player must have played in at least 50% of their own teams matches.

Division 1 = 6 matches out of 12
Division 2 = 6 matches out of 12
Division 3 = 6 matches out of 12
Levels Div = 7 matches out of 14

Results will be announced after the final league matches.

Thanks Brian Oakes