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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!

 

Week 12 Report W/E 30th November

02/12/2018

Division 1
Kingfisher A stay ahead of the chasing pack after a comfortable win 20-4 over Pilling A. 4 players won 7 but Chris Foote had the best points difference. For Pilling Elaine Danson and Andy Davis won 2 each.

Albany A remain just outside the top 3 after beating their own B team 21-3. Sian Meakin was POTM winning 8 games and Amit Mistry won 2 for the B.

The ladies from Poulton A were too strong for their counterparts from Lids A winning all 6 games whilst the men's were more competive and ended 4-2 to Lids. In the mixed Lids won 4 games which was enough to secure a bonus point and keep them safe in mid table. Poulton stay 3rd. Usual suspects Nikki Wilford won 8 and Sam Ames won 5 for Lids.

Division 2
Last week Project 12 were the comeback kings winning 14-10 after being 10-4 down. This week saw Stanley A perform another miraculous fight back in their match against Fleetwood B. 10-2 down after the levels, Stanley won the next 8 games to square the match 10-10 ! However Fleetwood regathered their nerves and the last 2 sets were split for a remarkable draw. Lynsey Rees and Lee Meakin were top scorers for Stanley with 5 - all 4 mixed plus 1 levels. Diane Atkinson and Ant Cross were top scorers for Fleetwood with 5 - all 4 levels plus 1 mixed !

Division 3
Kirkham Charter A easily beat their B team, who couldn't get into their flow, and ended up worthy winners 21-3. Both Emma Gilfoyle and Ian Chase won the maximum games and only J.Taylor-Millington bothered the scorers winning 2 games. This win keeps the A in second but the B remain rooted at the bottom of the division.

Ribby Hall A likewise trounced their own B team to stay in the promotion hunt. B team managed 2 split games in the mens and 2 in the mixed. Anita & Emma both with 8 for the winners and Dave winning 3 games for the losers. Big effort from the B team who managed to put a full team out despite illness's.

The pressure was on Hesketh B to keep up their unbeaten run and stay ahead of the chasing pack. The match against Stanley B started with their ladies winning 5 and their men winning 4 for a healthy 9-3 lead. Going into the mixed Stanley gave Hesketh a scare by winning the 1st set but Hesketh replied winning the 2nd. The next 3 sets were split to ensure a bonus point for Stanley but Hesketh's Vanessa Butcher & Mike Lloyd won the last 2 games to complete a 16-8 win. Not only are Hesketh unbeaten but this was their 7th consecutive win! Stanley's point means they sit comfortably in mid table. Vanessa & Andy Manson both won 7 for the leaders and Steve Whyatt played very well to win 5 games for Stanley.

 

Week 11 Report W/E 23rd November

24/11/2018

Division 1 No matches

Division 2
Pilling B defeated Stanley A 16-8 thanks mainly to their ladies who won all 6. The men’s and mixed were much more even at 3-3 and 6-6. A mixed win at the end by Lee Meakin and Lynsey Rees meant Stanley reached 8 games and gained another vital bonus point, their 6th from 7 matches this season! which keeps them just above the relegation places. For Pilling this was their 4th straight win and keeps them in contention for promotion. Jane Grey was the POTM with all 8 games and Lee had a great match winning 3 men’s and 3 mixed for his 6.

Comeback of the season belongs to Project 12 after pulling off an astonishing 14-10 away win to one of their rivals Lids B. They were 8-4 down after the levels and then lost the next 2 games to go 10-4 down with Lids on cruise control! Project then found a new gear, showing grit and determination, to win the last 10 games to stun Lids and complete an amazing comeback! Congratulations to Sarah Coultas who was the star player on the night winning 6. Commiserations to Steph Tsang and Dan Cooper who both won 5 for Lids. The 3 points for Project keeps them in touch with all the other teams in 2nd spot.

Lids C look doomed after a 20-4 defeat to their relegation rivals Fleetwood B who just keep themselves in touch with Stanley A. Derek Hill won all 8 and Maureen Turner was involved in 3 of the wins for Lids.

Hesketh A stretched their winning streak to 7 with a hard fought win 14-10 over Kingfisher B. This was mainly due to their ladies winning 5-1 to establish a 4 game cushion which they maintained to the end as the men’s and mixed were tied at 3-3 and 6-6 respectively. Sheena Carberry was POTM with 7 for Hesketh and James De Wolf’s great effort won 6 for Kingfisher. This win means Hesketh increased their lead at the top to 6 points whilst Kingfisher have the consolation of a bonus point to keep them in the mix for 2nd place with Pilling B and Lids B on 15 points and Project 12 only 1 point behind on 14 !

Division 3
Kirkham Charter A moved into second place with a 20-4 win over struggling Kingfisher C. H.Mackay won 7 and had the best points score on the night.

Levels
For the first time ever in the history of the Blackpool league an all ladies team from Albany played an all men’s team from Warton B !! Not certain but this could possibly be a first in all the Lancashire leagues as well ! Perhaps in a state of shock, Warton managed to lose the first 6 games !! They staged a mini revival but the match ended in a 10-6 win to the ladies. Natalie won 7 games . For the record books Albany’s team was Natalie Appleyard, Sian Meakin, Jenny Stothard and Serena Hindle.

At the mid point of the match between Stanley and Fleetwood the visitors found themselves 5-3 ahead. However Stanley then won the next 6 to ensure victory. Gareth Jones with a match winning 7 and Derek Hill picked up 5 games for Fleetwood.

Warton A gained revenge for their only defeat of the season with a decisive 11-5 win over Project 12. Warton started well winning 5 of the first 6 games and Project were never able to close the gap. Nathan Bunting,Jeremy Cara and Jenish Prajapati won 6 on the night whilst only Jon Jackson managed to win half his games.

 

Town Team Sunday 18th November

23/11/2018

Blackpool got off to a winning start to their Inter League campaign by winning their opening match away to Blackburn. Victories in the singles through Sian Meakin and Ant Forrest put Blackpool 2-1 ahead. The ladies doubles were evenly contested ending 2-2 whilst Blackpool's men won 3-1 to put them in control by 7-4. The mixed was more decisive with Blackpool winning all 4 games for a final score of 11-4.
Thanks to all the players who turned out and helped gain the maximum 3 points which puts Blackpool in a good position in their quest for promotion.

Team
Cath Bagley (Fleetwood)
Sian Meakin (Albany)
Hannah Parr (Lids)
Serena Hindle (Albany)
Ant Forrest (Poulton)
Gee-Him Sue (Lids)
Jack Needham (Poulton)
Rob Oakes (Albany)

 

Week 10 Report W/E 16th November

17/11/2018

Division 1

It was 2nd v 1st when Kingfisher A entertained Fleetwood A and it was the visitors who not only maintained their winning run but extended their lead at the top to 4 points with a 15-9 win. It was the ladies that proved decisive as they ended 6-0 in Fleetwood's favour whilst the men's and mixed were more competitive ending 3-3 and 6-6 respectively. In the final games Jess Logue and Jonathan Mosley won a pair of mixed to give Kingfisher a vital point. Caroline Andrew was the star player winning 7 for the champions and Jonathan won 5 for Kingfisher.

Poulton Le Fylde moved up to joint second with a comfortable 21-3 home win over bottom team Albany B. Nikki Wilford and Harry Townsend won all their 8 games and Clare Thompson and newcomer Adrian Speakman split both their mixed games to win 2 on the night for Albany.

Division 2
Pilling B put themselves back in contention with their 3rd successive win, this time over Project 12. Pilling's ladies won all 6 comfortably and with the men's all being split, the score reached 9-3. Pilling maintained the pressure in the mixed to deny their rivals a point and ran out winners 18-6. Sarah Rayner and Elizabeth Harrison won 8 and Projects Jon Jackson won 4.

League leaders Hesketh A had a scare in their away match to Stanley A. The ladies went Hesketh's way 4-2 but this was matched by Stanley's men who also won 4-2 to make it all square at 6 games each. In the mixed Hesketh's Nicky Johnson and Dominic McVittie won the first pair which was followed by a split before Lynsey Rees and Lee Meakin from Stanley won both games to tie the score at 9-9 each! 2 more split games followed to reach 11 games each before Sheena Carberry and Rick Percival won the last 2 games for Hesketh for a 13-11 victory ! Nicky won 7 for Hesketh and Steve “Consistent” Canavan won 5 for the unlucky losers.

Promotion chasing Lids B beat struggling Fleetwood B 18-6 to move into second place in a match involving lots of close games including a 30-28 men's levels! Lids took a strong 9-3 advantage into the mixed which also ended 9-3. Super Steph Tsang and Dynamite Dan Cooper proving their value winning 7 games each - Linda Adams and Ant Cross replied with 3.

Division 3
At the bottom of the table, an important win by Ribby Hall B over Kirkham Charter B 16-8 which has lifted them out of the bottom 2. Kirkham again showed their fighting qualities when they managed to split the final games to earn themselves a point. Melanie Bunney was top scorer with 7 games for Ribby and John Barker with an encouraging 5 games for Kirkham. Thanks Penny.

Unbeaten Hesketh B beat promotion rivals Ribby Hall A 16-8 helped by Steve Blackburn and Andy Manson winning 7. Emma Nickson won 5 for Ribby including the last mixed with Graham Bielby to get a bonus point for Ribby.

Levels
Surely there is only one outcome when there is a bottom v top clash ? Not so as Fleetwood had a much needed win 10-6 against high fliers Project 12 with Derek Hill and Ant Cross winning 6 and Jon Jackson replying with 5.

 

Week 9 Report W/E 9th November

10/11/2018

Division 1

Albany B were quickly down 12-0 after the levels against Kingfisher A with Karen Pye and Fran Hellier the only pair to get close to taking a game which ended 20-22. The mixed produced some closer scores but with Kingfisher always on top. Only Cockers and Fran were able to grab a couple of games towards the end of the night. Final score 22-2 to Kingfisher. Jess Logue was POTM winning all 8 and conceding the least amount of points.

Lids A had a good win 16-8 v Pilling A to push themselves away from the relegation zone thanks mainly to their ladies who won 6-0 whilst the men won 4-2. The mixed was a much more even contest ending 6-6.Margaret Dixon & Michael Banks winning the last game 21-19 to secure a vital point. Hannah Parr again top scored for Lids with 7 and Andy Davis (again) and Michael both won 4 for Pilling.

A very strong Fleetwood A maintained their title grip with a 17-7 win over a weakened Albany A. The levels was evenly contested with Fleetwood holding a slender 7-5 lead. However the mixed was rather one sided as Fleetwood won the first 8 games. Albany had chances at the end to gain a bonus point but a mixed win in the very final game by Dave Wiseman and Elizabeth Andrew meant Albany left with nothing ! Both Dave & Tim Vickers won 7 for the Champions and Sian Meakin was Albany's best performer with 4.

Division 2
Kingfisher B 24-0 Lids C Match conceded.

Division 3
No matches

Levels
It was top v bottom as league leaders Warton A entertained Albany and won convincingly 13-3. It was Graham Cooper who was Man of the Match with a maximum 6 games. For Albany, Gregor Creelman and Paul Cross won 2 games each.