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Week 13 Report W/E 6th December

07/12/2019

Division 1
Hesketh A suffered another 24-0 defeat this time away to Kingfisher A. Alex Mackie and Adrian Greenwood had identical points differences to be joint POTM! Kingfisher safely in 3rd whilst Hesketh look certain for a return to Division 2.

A strong performance from Fleetwood A left Albany A struggling after the levels. At 11-1 down it was game over and although the mixed was much more competitive and finished 6-6, Albany just failed to reach the 8 games required for a bonus point. A closer look at the scores however, showed that most of the games were very close and included 3 settings - all won by Fleetwood! Cath Bagley, Tim Vickers and Andy Wisemen used their experience to win 7 games each whilst Albany's Sian Meakin and Natalie Appleyard won 3 each. Albany stay in mid table but Fleetwood move top albeit having played an extra game than their main rivals Poulton .

Division 2
Another Albany v Fleetwood match, this time involving the B teams. Albany fared much better than their A team when they decisively beat Fleetwood 17-7. This was mainly due to Albany ladies winning all 6 whilst the mens ended 3-3. In the mixed, Albany continued their good form by winning 8-4. Fleetwood just failed to win enough games to earn themselves a point despite winning 3 of the last 4 games. Fran Hellier was POTM for winning all her 8 games. Nick Metcalfe was top scorer for Fleetwood with 4. After a poor start to the season, Albany increase their winning streak to 4. Fleetwood 6 points off the top and now looking over their shoulder as they are only joint second with Project 12 and Albany but having played a game more.

League leaders Pilling B overcame a determined Lids A to record their 6th straight win.It was Lids who took the ladies 4-2 but Pilling's stronger men won 5-1 to go into the levels with a narrow 7-5 lead. In the mixed , Pilling came out on top 8-4 for a satisfying, but hard fought, 15-9 win. Steve Beniston was the only player on the night to win all 8 games and Steph Tsang of Lids won 5. Pilling well clear at the top of the table and the bonus point from this match means Lids sit comfortably in the table.

Division 3
Stanley A 18 v Stanley B 6 was an expected result but the B team fought well and only a collapse at the end prevented them from reaching the 8 games required for a much needed point. The B team actually won the ladies 4-2 whilst the A team men won all 6. After the first 2 mixed sets were split, the B were only 10-6 down. However the A team then showed their superiority by winning the final 8 games! Steve Canavan was POTM for winning all 8 and Claire Doherty won a commendable 4 games for the B. The A team, with a 100% record and averaging nearly 20 games per match, heading for an inevitable return to Division 2, with the B at the opposite end of the table but fighting hard to avoid the wooden spoon.

Levels
Warton A continue their 100% season after their 9th consecutive win - this time 12-4 against Stanley. After winning the first 10 games this looked like another impressive win, but in the last 6 games, Stanley managed to win 4 thanks to Lee and Jake Meakin which included a 21-19 and 22-20 final set. All of Warton's 4 players won 6 with Graham Cooper statistically the best player on the night.

There was a big match to end the week when the 2 bottom teams, Broughton and Warton C met for the first time. Plenty of close games followed with 3 settings and after the first 5 sets the teams were level at 5-5. Then crucially, Warton won the next 2 sets to win their first match of the season. The last 2 games went to Broughton but too late as the final score ended 9-7 to Warton. Broughton’s James Townson and Warton’s Harrison Uppard we’re joint best players on the night with 6 games. Warton still bottom but the 3 points means they close the gap on Broughton who at least earn a point.

 

Week 12 Report W/E 29th November

30/11/2019

Division 1

Kingfisher A beat their own B team 21-3 to stay in the top 3. A win in the ladies from Sarah Woodhouse and Rachel Dewhurst and a split in the last mixed were the B team's only winning games. Alex Mackie won 8 and was statistically the best player. Rising star Rachel won 3 for the B.

A full strength Poulton side beat Pilling A 17-7, but not without an early scare. As usual, Poulton ladies won all 6 but Poulton's men suffered, winning just 1 game to go into the mixed only 7-5 up. Pilling, needing 3 games in the mixed for a point, just fell short as they could only win 2, despite some close games. Michelle Skinner won 8 to be POTM whilst the performance of the match went to Pilling's Andy Davis who won 4 mens and split 2 mixed.

Hesketh A entertained an under strength Fleetwood A in the weeks final game with the match ending in an inevitable 21-3 win for the away team. Katie Kinder won 2 ladies and 1 mixed for Hesketh but Caroline Andrew was statistically the best player by just 1 point over Dave Wiseman.

Division 2
Lids A had a much needed win 21-3 at the expense of Kirkham Charter A. The match was pretty much over at the half way stage with Lids leading 11-1. Steph Tsang, Will Booth and Helena Lemper all won 8 whilst Ian Chase won a consolation 2 games for Kirkham. Lids now well clear of the drop zone but Kirkham look like making a quick return to Division 3.

Leaders Pilling B were tested in their home match against Project 12 but finally came through 16-8. Pilling had a 10-2 advantage after the levels, although there were many close games. The mixed was much more evenly contested and ended 6-6 as Project improved to earn a much deserved bonus point. All 24 games went to double figures reflecting a closer match than the score line suggests. Alison Crosbie won 7 for Pilling whilst Jon Jackson's 4 wins were matched by Project teammate Mark Pickles who unusually split all his games. Pilling 3 points clear at the top whilst Project's point keeps them in contention.

Fleetwood B comfortably defeated Hesketh B 20-4 after winning 10 games in both the levels and mixed. Derek Hill and Ben Yau won 8 with Angela Fletcher managing to win 3 for Hesketh. Fleetwood joint second but Hesketh firmly in bottom 2.

Division 3
In an important match Ribby Hall B defeated Kingfisher C by 14-10, thanks mainly to their ladies who won all 6. After a good start in the levels Ribby actually led 12-4 but a spirited fight back meant Kingfisher won 6 of the final 8 games to secure a valuable bonus point. Ribby's win and 3 points moves them away from the bottom 2 and level on points with Kingfisher. Melissa Jones won 7 for Ribby and James Townson replied with a vital 6 games for Kingfisher.

Promotion chasing Ribby Hall A won 18-6 to leave Stanley B struggling near the bottom of the table. With a full team, Stanley may have won a bonus point, but missing a lady and conceding 8 games meant this became an impossible task. Ian Womersley won 5/6 for Ribby and Colin Davison was best player for Stanley by winning 5/8.

Top team Stanley A were handed a 24-0 win against bottom team Kirkham Charter B who, unfortunately, had to concede the match.

Levels
Project 12 maintain their title challenge with a straightforward 14-2 win over Stanley.
Jon Jackson and Mark Pickles completed a successful week by winning 8, whilst each Stanley player managed to win 1 game.

Warton A predictably cruised to a 16-0 win against their own B team to stay ahead of their rivals. League Chairman Rob Cockerill made a rare appearance in the levels league and was rewarded by a POTM performance for conceding the fewest points.

A first ever meeting between the league's newest teams Broughton and Bloomfield resulted in a very close match which ended with only 8 points difference! Home team Broughton finally got their first points in a 9-7 win. Winning the first 5 games gave Broughton a great start but then Bloomfield hit back by winning 4 of the next 5. After winning the next set Broughton led 8-4 and were within sight of victory.
The penultimate set was won by Bloomfield to leave the match at 8-6 and still in the balance! In the first game of the final set, Broughton's Lisa Vickers and James Townson managed to hang on to win 21-18 to give their team victory at last! Even with the result secured, both pairs fought hard in the last game which went in favour of Bloomfield on setting. A great ending to a dramatic match!

 

Week 11 Report W/E 22nd November

23/11/2019

Division 1

A double header at Preesall as the best 3 teams battled it out for top spot. Kingfisher A entertained league leaders and title favourites Poulton. The levels ended with Kingfisher only 5-7 behind and still in with a chance. However, Poulton won the next 3 sets to win the match with 6 games still to play. In a turnaround, Kingfisher did manage to win 5 of the last 6 to grab a bonus point. Michelle Skinner and Nick Hodgson won 6 for Poulton and Luke Bennett was the only Kingfisher player to win more than half his games with 5. Poulton still with a 100% record - Kingfisher at 3rd spot.

Fleetwood A never relinquished their early lead of 10-2 after the levels to beat Pilling A 19-5. Only Andy Davis was able to offer any resistance as he was involved in all 5 of Pilling's wins ! Cath Bagley was the only Fleetwood player to win all 8 games. Fleetwood keep up the pressure on Poulton and Pilling remain near the bottom but probably safe from relegation.

Despite fielding 2 reserves Albany A keep their momentum going with a 17-7 home win against Kingfisher B. However this was far from comfortable as Kingfisher can regard themselves as unlucky not to win the 8 games required for a bonus point. Kingfisher went 8-4 down after the levels and were in with a chance for an extra point.. However this soon became impossible as they lost 9 of the first 10 mixed games - although some of these games were extremely close. Oliver Hives with 8 and Lee Williams 7 were top scorers for Albany whilst Sarah Woodhouse and Rachel Dewhurst won 4 each for Kingfisher who are still next to bottom but fighting hard. Albany's unbeaten run stretches to 4 matches but visit Fleetwood next!

Division 3
Lids B are looking for a quick return to Division 2 after a 19-5 win against Stanley B. Lids easily won the ladies 6-0 but the men's were more evenly contested and ended tied at 3-3. In the mixed Lids proved too strong, winning 10/12. Both Wan Desmond and Julie Bennett won 8 and Robert Lee played well to win 4 games for Stanley. Lids up to 2nd but have played a game more than their rivals.

Ribby Hall B had a much needed win over Kirkham Charter B. Julie Lalouette won 5 of her 6 games played for Ribby but Ian Cartmell won 7 and was best player on the night after being involved in all of Kirkham's wins !

Levels
Fleetwood move back to the top after demolishing mid table Warton B 15-1. Only a Mike Cooper and Kevin Youles split prevented the bagel ! Ant Cross and Ben Yau won all 8 of their 8 games.

Last match of the week saw Stanley win away at Broughton 13-3. Some close games especially early on as Broughton found themselves only 3-5 down at the half way stage. However the second half of the match was all Stanley. Aprajay Golash and Bipin Lad won 2 for the home team and both Lee Meakin and Colin Davison won 7 for Stanley.

 

Week 10 Report W/E 15th November

17/11/2019

Division 1
Kingfisher B hosted Fleetwood A and managed to split 1 ladies and win a men’s set, through Paul McSweeney and Gordon Jackson, to go into the mixed at 3-9 down. Despite splitting the opening 2 sets Kingfisher were unable to win the 8 games required for a bonus point as the mixed also ended 3-9. Caroline Andrew, Cath Bagley and Kris Gulati each won 7 for Fleetwood and Kingfisher’s Sarah Woodhouse split 1 ladies and both mixed for her 3 games.

Bottom team Hesketh A lost to league leaders Poulton by 17-7. After winning 1 ladies and 3 mens, Hesketh went into the mixed 8-4 down, however Poulton then won the next 4 games to effectively seal the win. A split set was followed by Poulton, unfortunately, having to concede a pair of games to reduce their lead to 13-7. In the final 4 games Hesketh were unable to win the 1 game which would have given them a much needed bonus point. Hesketh’s Andy Manson won half of his games but Nikki Wilford won all 8 to be POTM....again!

Division 2
Project 12 are now 5 games unbeaten (4 wins 1 draw) after a satisfying 19-5 win over Kirkham Charter A. Kirkham started well and were able to win 4 close ladies games and a men’s to be only 5-7 down after the levels. In the mixed however, despite some close scores, Project won all 12 games. Kirkham were unlucky as 3 mixed games went to setting with Project winning them all! Jon Jackson won all his games to be POTM. Kirkham’s Emma Gilfoyle won all her 4 ladies and came close in 2 mixed games.

Lids A are now 4 matches without a win after a 14-10 home defeat to rivals Albany B. It was Albany’s ladies who proved to be the match winners as they won 5 games whilst Lids won 4 mens. In the next 4 mixed sets, Lids won 5 to take the score to 10 all, however Albany took the last 2 sets for a good away win. Karen Pye and Kat Oakes won 6 games for the winners but, unusually the POTM was on the losing team as Will Booth won 7 games.

Levels
Stanley were coasting after winning the first 6 games but then Bloomfield won 7 of the next 8 to tie the score at 7 games each and take the match into a final set decider. Stanley’s Jake Meakin and Rob Lee narrowly won the first game to 19 and then won the second game more comfortably to 12 to give their team a narrow 9-7 win. The match was so close that 5 of the 16 games went to setting with Bloomfield winning 4! Jake and Bloomfield’s Richard Pascucci both won 6. Stanley remain in mid table and Bloomfield’s progress continues as their bonus point moves them further away from the bottom 2.

Mark Pickles was statistically the best player as Project 12 beat Broughton 16-0. Project chasing the top 2 whilst Broughton are still waiting for their first points of the season.

The biggest match of the season so far pitted last season’s Champions Warton A
against Fleetwood with both teams having 100% records this season and sitting joint top of the table ! At the half way stage the match score was 4-4 with both teams winning a set whilst 2 sets were split. In the 5th set Warton won both games to nudge ahead, however the match was again tied 6-6 after Fleetwood won the 6th set. Warton responded by winning the next set to lead 8-6. In the final set, Fleetwood’s Ant Cross and Josh Garbett won the first game to 16, but Warton’s Graham Cooper and Jenish Prajapati were not to be denied as they won the second game to 15! Graham and Josh both won 6 games on the night. Warton still with a 100% record whilst Fleetwood at least grab a bonus point to be 2 points adrift.

 

Week 9 Report W/E 8th November

08/11/2019

This week the 4 Meakin siblings won 27/32 games and had 3 POTM !!
Surely a record ???

Division 1
The only match this week saw Kingfisher A and Albany A produce a game which fluctuated from one side to the next and was only decided in the very last game! Albany went into the levels 7-5 up thanks to their ladies who won 5. In the next 4 sets both teams won 4 games to leave Albany still in front at 11-9. However, Kingfisher took the next set and then won the first game in the final set to go ahead for the first time in the match at 12-11! Albany pairing of Jenny Stothard and Rob Oakes then won the final game to ensure a draw! Adrian Greenwood and Luke Bennett of Kingfisher won 6 but Albany's Sian Meakin was POTM with 7. Temporarily, Kingfisher move to the top and Albany move up to third.

Division 2
Project 12 kept in touch with the top after an emphatic 20-4 win against struggling Hesketh B. The ladies from Hesketh provided tough opposition and managed to win 3 games but Project's men won 5 and were 8-4 after the levels. Project's experience and youth proved too strong in the mixed which they won 12 0! Hesketh's Alison Woodall won 3 games whilst Paul Whitehouse was the only player in the match to win all 8!

Albany B proved too strong for visiting team Kirkham Charter A when they ran out 19-5 winners. The home side were 8-4 up after the levels, with one ladies going to 28-26, and then won the mixed 11-1. Serena Hindle and Rob Cockerill were the star players with 7 and Emma Gilfoyle won 3 for Kirkham. Albany move to mid table whilst Kirkham remain at the foot of the table.

Another disaster for Lids A, this time at Fleetwood B, where they lost 22-2. Only a ladies and a mixed prevented a whitewash as Fleetwood recorded another win to maintain their push for promotion. Sue McAusland, Ant Cross and newcomer Kris Gulati all won 8 with Ant easily having the best points differential for POTM. Fleetwood jump into second place whilst Lids hover just above the relegation zone.

Division 3
Stanley B easily won their match 22-2 against fellow strugglers Ribby Hall B who only managed a ladies and a mixed. Jake Meakin and Colin Davison won 8 and Melanie Jones was involved in both Ribby's wins.

The mid table clash between Lids B and visitors Kingfisher C ended in an emphatic 19-5 win for the home team who conceded 1 ladies 2 mens and 2 mixed. Pauline Weafer, Ceri Smith-Jaynes and George Green won 7 games each and, despite the heavy defeat, Harry Heywood won a creditable 2 men's and 2 mixed. Kingfisher remain mid table but Lids, jump into the promotion places!

The battle of the top 2 teams ended with a Stanley A victory against arch rivals Ribby Hall A by 15-9 which helped to maintain their 100% start. Ribby won 4 ladies but Stanley dominated the men's 6-0 and just came out on top in the mixed 7-5. Some close games as expected, with 3 of them going into setting including a 27-25 win for Ribby. Once again Lee Meakin was POTM for his 8 games whilst younger sister Maya won 4! Credit also to Anita Driscoll of Ribby who only lost 1 game which was on a setting! Her 7 wins ensured that Ribby win a vital bonus point.

Levels
Congratulations to new team Bloomfield who won their first ever match! They won the first 6 games to put themselves on the victory path and although Warton C fought hard the initial gap was too much to close. Final score 12-4. Phil Hough won 8 for his team and Kyle Copeland and Gregor Creelman played well to win 3 games each for Warton.

Warton B proved to be no match for Project 12 who won 14-2. Jon Jackson the only player to win 8 whilst Stephan Martinovsky was involved in both Warton's won games.
Warton remain mid table but Project move into 3rd but some way behind the leaders.

 

Week 8 Report W/E 28th October

03/11/2019

Division 1
Kingfisher A kept in touch with the top places with an 18-6 win against Pilling A. Their ladies won all 6 but the men's was more even and ended 3-3 and after winning 5 of the first 6 mixed, Kingfisher secured another win. Alex Mackie was the only player to win 8 and Andy Davis was again Pilling's top scorer with 4.

Albany A showed no mercy as they bagelled Hesketh A 24-0 in a result that moves Albany up to mid table but keeps Hesketh rooted at the foot. Despite the score, all the games were competitive and played in a good spirit. Sian Meakin (helped by her supporters!) was statistically the best player on the night.

An enjoyable match with some close games ended with Poulton A maintaining their top spot after a 19-5 home win against Kingfisher B. Poulton's strength in the levels was evident as they raced into a 11-1 lead. Kingfisher refused to roll over and fought hard to win 4 mixed games. Nick Hodgson was the most successful player on the night but special mention to Poulton's Nikki Wilford who had a really bad fall on Monday, and, despite being covered in bruises and plasters, still managed to win 6 games! And if this wasn't amazing enough she played with her left hand !!!. Kingfisher's Sarah Woodhouse won 1 ladies and then teamed up with James De Wolf to win an excellent 3 mixed for a really good performance.

Division 2
The only match this week pitted the division's top 2 teams Pilling B and Fleetwood B, with an even match being anticipated. However the final score of 21-3 to Pilling was probably a shock to everyone. Pilling easily won all the ladies and although the mens was closer, Pilling still managed to win 4. The mixed was just as emphatic with Pilling only dropping 1 game ...on a setting ! Kath Coleman and Jane Grey both won 8 whilst Fleetwood's Ant Cross split 3 games. Fleetwood remain second but Pilling have now opened up a 6 point gap at the top.

Division 3
Kirkham Charter B won an important and exciting match against fellow strugglers Stanley B. With both teams starting the match on 1 point, a close match was expected. Stanley's women won 4 games but this was bettered with Kirkham winning 5 men's to take a slender 7-5 lead into the mixed. Each team then won a mixed set but in the next 4 games Kirkham won 3 for a 12-8 lead going into the last 2 sets. Stanley won the next set to reduce the deficit to 12-10 and when they won the first game of the last set 23-21 the match was still in the balance. However Kirkham's Lottie Webster and Jordan Taylor-Millington held their nerve and won a nail biting last game 22-20 for a final score 13-11 ! Jordan and team mate Ian Cartmel won 6 for the victors and Gill Brook won 6 for the unlucky losers. Kirkham now have 4 points and Stanley, thanks to their bonus point, now have 2 points.

Levels
Project 12's usual line up was far too strong for Bloomfield as they comfortably won by 14-2. All of Project's men won 7 and all of Bloomfield's men won 1.

Fleetwood easily maintained their great start with an away win at Stanley. There were a handful of close games, with 1 game going to setting, but overall Fleetwood were in total control. Fleetwood, despite their 100% record stay second on game difference. Stanley remain in mid table.

Predictably, Warton A demolished their C team 16-0. The A team keep their 100% start and top spot whilst the C remain rooted at the foot of the table.

 

Week 7 Report W/E 25th October

27/10/2019

Division 1
No games

Division 2
League leaders Pilling B easily overcame league strugglers Kirkham Charter A 23-1. Only a Richard Pascucci and Ian Chase split in the men's prevented a whitewash although Kirkham were hampered by an injury which meant they had to concede 4 mixed games. Kirkham remain rooted at the foot of the table whilst the win and 3 points takes Pilling clear at the top. Alison Crosbie won all her 8 games and was statistically the games best player.

Lids A first defeat of the season was described as a disaster especially after failing to win the 8 games for a bonus point! However, Project 12 were worthy winners after dominating the levels 9-3 and consolidating in the mixed 8-4. Jon Jackson won 7 games and was the POTM. Lisa Musson was the only Lids player who managed to win half the games. Project move above Lids into 3rd spot.

Going into the match Hesketh B and Albany B were looking for their first win. As they were level on points, and separated by only 1 game, a close match was anticipated. The visitors got off to a good start winning 4 of the 6 games in both ladies and the mens, putting them 8-4 up. At the start of the mixed Hesketh won 3 out of 4 but Albany finished strongly winning 4 of the last 6 for a much needed win 15-9. Albany's Lorna Hopper won 7 whilst Jill McMillan and Steve Blackburn replied with 5 each for Hesketh.

Division 3
Disappointed with relegation last season, Stanley A look set for a quick return after easily defeating Kingfisher C in the only match played this week. Stanley dropped 1 ladies and 2 mixed in their 21-3 win. This result meant Stanley have now averaged an impressive 20 games per match whilst maintaining their 100% record. Despite the score, Kingfisher fought hard and there were many close games. Debbie Oddy was involved in all Kingfisher's wins whilst most of Stanley's team won 7 but Lee Meakin was the only player to win all 8.

Levels
Warton A maintained their 100% start after winning 16-0 against a Broughton team who weren't helped by being a player short.

Fleetwood were handed a 16-0 win after Warton C conceded.

 

Week 6 Report W/E 18th October

20/10/2019

Division 1
After a tough start to the season Albany gained their first win by beating Pilling 18-6. Leading 9-3 after the levels, Albany maintained their form to win the mixed by the same score. Elaine Danson & Andy Davis won 1 levels and 3 mixed for Pilling. Jenny Stothard put in a Captain's performance for the victors by winning all 8 games.

Reigning champions Fleetwood hosted title favourites Poulton in a heavyweight match which could have great significance at the end of the season. Poulton fielded a very strong team which helped them to a 8-4 lead after the levels. Despite some very close mixed games, Fleetwood were unable to close the 4 game gap as the mixed ended 6-6 for a final score of 14-10 to Poulton. Dave Wisemen played well on his return from injury and won 7 games for Fleetwood. Michelle Skinner and mixed partner Nick Hodgson also won 7 games for Poulton who are now the only team with a 100% record.

Another important game at the other end of the table saw both promoted teams from last season face each other. Hesketh's 4 ladies were overturned by the men from Kingfisher B who won 5! Hesketh won 3 of the first 4 mixed to tie the match at 8 all but Kingfisher's 3rd mixed pair of Paul McSweeney and mixed partner Bernadette Tomlinson won the next 4 games to swing the match back in Kingfisher's favour as they saw out the match to win 14-10. In a match of close scores Kingfisher won 3 of the game's 4 settings which proved decisive. Sheena Carberry won 5 for Hesketh but Paul and James De Wolf won 7 games for Kingfisher to be the best players on the night. Kingfisher's 3 points move them above Hesketh in their fight for survival.

Division 2
Pilling B beat Albany B 16-8 to go top of the table. It was their ladies who helped to give Pilling an 8-4 advantage after the levels. The mixed continued to go in Pilling's favour until the match reached 15-7. In the final set the first game went to Pilling 21-18 but Albany's Kat Oakes and League Chairman Rob Cockerill managed to win the final game 22-20 and gain an important consolation point. Rob won 2 men's and 3 mixed for his 5 games but Pilling's Alison Crosbie played well and was POTM for winning 7 games.

Project 12 and Fleetwood B battled to a 12-12 draw in a game where Fleetwood held the advantage after the levels and up to the penultimate mixed at 12-10. Projects Nicki Carr and John Wright won the first game in a setting and then the final game 21-15 for an exciting draw. Project won 3 of the match's 4 settings with Sarah Coultas and Kerry Nash both winning 6. POTM though was Fleetwood's Nick Metcalfe who won 7 games.

There was another fighting draw between Lids and Hesketh when Lids went into the mixed with a 8-4 lead. Going into the last 2 sets Lids had moved into a winning position of 12-8. However Hesketh's fighting spirit came through when Jill McMillan and Steve Blackburn won their games. In the final set Angela Fletcher and Mark Crosbie won both to complete a great comeback. A great match which reflected all the exciting games with great shots from everyone! Ling Fang from Lids and Mark Crosbie from Hesketh won 6 games each to be joint best players.

Levels
Warton A had no problems beating Bloomfield 16-0 with only 2 games reaching 16. All Warton's players won 8 but Nathan Bunting had the best points difference. Warton still with a 100% record and the favourites to retain the title.

Fleetwood also have a 100% record after winning 13-3 away to Broughton with both sides fielding 2 men and 2 ladies! Jacob Carter won all his 8 games and Bipin Lap played in all 3 of Broughton's win.

The closest match in the Levels this week was Stanley 9 Warton B 7. At the half way point Warton actually led 5-3 but Stanley won the next 6 games to win the match whilst Warton won the consolation last set. Youngster Jake Meakin won 6 for Stanley whilst oldster Mike Cooper replied with 5 for Warton.

 

Week 5 Report W/E 11th October

13/10/2019

Division 1
Poulton faced a difficult away game to Albany A, but fielding their full strength side they managed to come away with a 14-10 win. Poulton were 8-4 up after the levels and took the next 4 games to move into an unassailable lead 12-4. Albany then rallied to take 6 of the final 8 games to secure a point. Poulton had 3 players who won 6 but it was Nikki Wilford who had the best points difference. Oliver Hives replied with 5 for Albany.

The top 2 teams from the previous 4 seasons, and both unbeaten this season, met on Thursday. Fleetwood A went into the mixed with a healthy 8-4 advantage against a full strength Kingfisher A side thanks to their ladies winning 6-0. When Fleetwood won the next 3 games to increase their lead to 11-4, it was game over ...surely ? Kingfisher then showed their class by winning the next 7 games for a nailbiting 11-11 score and set up a final set showdown. However Senior Wiseman and Junior Andrew for Fleetwood stepped up to easily win both games 12 & 11 for an epic finale. Caroline Andrew won 6/7 games for the Champions and Jared Mathew won 7 for Kingfisher.

Equally dramatic was the weeks final match between Hesketh A and Pilling A. Hesketh had a 7-5 lead after the levels but in the mixed Pilling equalised the score to reach 11-11! In the final set Caroline Fleming and Michael Banks won the first game 21-19 to put Pilling in the lead for the first time in the match, however Katie Kinder and Andy Manson won the very last game by the same score to secure a draw. The match was so closely contested that 6 points separated the teams and only 5 games didn't reach 15 including 3 settings. A great game by both sides and played in a very good spirit.

Division 3
Ribby Hall A continue their winning streak after a convincing 16-8 away win to neighbours Kirkham Charter B. Their ladies won all 6 games to give them a narrow 7-5 lead after the levels. The mixed proved more decisive as they only dropped a further 3 games. Emma Nickson was the star player for winning 8 games whilst Dave Mackay and Ian Cartmell managed a creditable 5 games to help Kirkham get a bonus point.

Stanley A look set for a quick return to division 2 after beating Lids B 16-8 for their 3rd consecutive win which puts them joint top. The men won 6-0 to give them a 8-4 lead after the levels whilst the mixed also ended 8-4 in Stanley's favour. Lee Meakin was POTM for his 8 games and Lids got a bonus point thanks to Julie Bennet who played well to win her 5 games.

The ladies of Kingfisher C gave their team a healthy 8-4 lead after winning all 6 games against Stanley B. The mixed games alternated between the teams and ended 6-6 for a final score of 14-10 to Kingfisher. Colin Davison won 6 games for the losing team but Julie Sleighthorne was best player on the night for winning the maximum 8!

Levels
Home team Bloomfield never recovered from being 7-1 down against Warton B though they did manage to win 4 games in the second half of the match. Final score 11-5 to the visitors for whom Jenish Prajapati and Giles Uppard won 6. Phil Hough managed to win half his games for Bloomfield.

Joint winners of the Levels last season, Project 12 and Warton A met on Wednesday and a close match was expected. The first set went to Warton which was followed by 5 split sets before Warton won another pair of games to win the match, whilst the final set was also split. The result ended 10-6 and makes Warton A the favourites to retain their title. Project's Mark Pickles won 4 as he split all his games but the experience and his left hand advantage meant Jeremy Cara was POTM as he won 6 !

Stanley proved much too strong for Warton C as they romped home 15-1. Only a Warton win in the very last game prevented a whitewash. Robert Lee and Jake Meakin both with maximums.

 

Week 4 Report W/E 4th October

06/10/2019

Division 1 No matches

Division 2
The two matches played on Monday featured the promoted teams from last season, Hesketh B and Kirkham Charter A, and ended In heavy defeats to leave both teams at the foot of the table.
Last season's Division 3 champions Hesketh B met Pilling B and when the first men's and ladies were both split for a 2-2 score, a close match was anticipated. However, the next 4 ladies and 4 men's all went to Pilling for a 10-2 lead. Showing no mercy, Pilling then won the mixed 12-0 for a final 22-2 victory. The one sided score though doesn't reflect that most of the games were very close and hard fought and included 2 settings. Elizabeth Harrison and Tim Shipway won 8 for the home team.

Last season's Division 3 runners up Kirkham Charter fared slightly better at home to Fleetwood. They actually won the first ladies and split the first men's to lead 3-1. However Fleetwood rallied to win 3 of the next 4 ladies together with all the other 4 men's for a 8-4 lead. The mixed ended in Fleetwood's favour by an impressive 11-1 for a final result of 19-5 to the visitors. Again there were some close games and the match included 4 settings. Amelia Parker won an excellent 3 games for Kirkham. 4 players from Fleetwood won 7 including Ant Cross who,despite losing the last game on setting, was statistically the best player on the night.

Division 3 No matches

Levels
Reigning champions Warton A continue their great start with their second win of the season this time against Stanley. Apart from the 1 game they lost, there was only 1 other game where Warton conceded more than 15 points. Nathan Bunting and Jeremy Cara won all their 8 games.
Fleetwood won 12-4 to maintain their 100% start at the top of the table. They were too strong for a new Bloomfield team who, despite a heavy defeat, put up a strong fight. Phil Hough was involved in all of Bloomfield's wins but Ant Cross was again POTM as he was the only player to win all 8 games.
Warton B had a comfortable 13-3 win in their away fixture to Broughton. Swati Sonwalker and Lisa Vickers won 2 games for Broughton but Giles Uppard was POTM for winning all 8.