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

28/02/2020

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.

Levels
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.

 

Blackpool Tournament Week

27/02/2020

Blackpool Tournament Week
Monday 20th April
7pm Start
Mens B
Ladies A

Tuesday 21st April
7pm Start
Mens A
Ladies B

Wednesday 22nd April
8pm Start
Mixed A

Thursday 23rd April
8pm Start
Mixed B

£5 entry fee or £7 for non blackpool members

entries to Amit directly amit_matrix_2003@hotmail.com or 07792057885

 

Week 21 Report W/E 21st February

21/02/2020

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.

Levels
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

12/02/2020

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!

Levels
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

05/02/2020

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.

Levels
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 !

02/02/2020

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.

Eg
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

 

Week 18 Report W/E 31st January.

28/01/2020

Division 1
Kingfisher A looked to be romping to an easy victory when they lead 9-3 after the levels. But when Pilling A won the first 4 mixed games to cut their lead to 9-7 the match became much more interesting. In the next 2 sets both teams won a pair to take the score to 11-9 . The last 4 games however, all went comfortably to Kingfisher to give them a relieved 15-9 win. Mr Reliable Andy Davis won 6 for Pilling and Jess Logue also won 6 for the winners. Kingfisher firmly established in 3rd whilst Pilling's bonus point means they are likely to finish the season in 5th.

Despite some close games, the last match of the week saw Hesketh A lose 23-1 to Albany A with only a mens doubles from Richard Percival and Andy Manson going Hesketh’s way. Captain Jenny Stothard was statistically the best player. Albany cemented in 4th and Hesketh rooted at the foot of the table but still fighting hard.

Division 3
Champions elect Stanley A overcame some stubborn resistance from Kingfisher C to win 19-5. Leading 10-2 after the levels, Stanley dropped just 3 mixed games to give them another impressive win. For the second consecutive match Angela Longstaff was the POTM after another 8 wins including a 28-26 marathon game. Spare a thought for Adam Cowell who was involved in all of Kingfisher's wins as he won 5 games on the night including 3 games with mixed partner Debby Oddy ! Kingfisher will finish the season in mid table - a great performance after finishing bottom last season! Stanley need to win their final 2 matches to keep their 100% record!

In a rearranged match Ribby Hall A beat their B team by an expected 18-6 to keep their top 2 ambition alive. The A team easily won the levels 10-2 and consolidated that with another 8 mixed games. Emma Nickson won 4 ladies and Graham Bielby won 4 mens then together they then won their 4 mixed to be joint best players. Julie Lalouette was the B team's best player after winning 4 games. The A team know that 1 more win from their last 2 should ensure promotion whilst the B team are still fighting hard at the opposite end of the table.

Ribby Hall B played their 2nd game of the week this time versus Lids B. Although they lost again, they fought hard and were able to gain a very welcome point. Despite going behind in the levels 5-7 they managed to tie the score at 9-9. At this point Lids upped
their game to win the final 6 games for a final victory of 15-9 which doesn't reflect the close games. George Green won 7 for Lids and Melissa Jones played well to win 5 for Ribby. The 3 points for Lids keeps them in third, with maybe an outside chance of catching Ribby A.

Levels
Warton A & Fleetwood continue to dominate the division after both recorded 14-2 wins against Bloomfield and Warton B respectively. Nathan Bunting from Warton A and Fleetwood's Ant Cross both top scored with 8 whilst Jordan Taylor-Millington from Bloomfield and Giles Uppard from Warton B managed to win 2 games in their matches. Warton A and Fleetwood heading for a showdown to decide who will win the title, when they meet in their final match! Fleetwood, 2 points behind, lost to Warton A earlier in the season and so will need a win to catch Warton on points meaning games won would then become the decisive factor!

 

Week 17 Report W/E 24th January

26/01/2020

Division 2

Albany B dented the promotion ambitions of Project 12 with a hard fought home win. However Project's bonus point means they are still favourites to finish second. Albany won 4 ladies 4 mens and 8 mixed in their 16-8 win. Albany's Karen Pye won 7 to be POTM and Project's Sarah Coultas and Mark Pickles won 4. Albany's 3 points means they are now 4 points behind Project but with a game in hand. Realistically though they are fighting for 3rd spot.

Fleetwood B kept in the chasing pack with a 16-8 defeat of Kirkham Charter A. The ladies and mens levels were both close affairs ending 3-3 and 4-2 respectively to give Fleetwood a narrow 7-5 lead. In the mixed though, Fleetwood won 9 with only Kirkham's Emma Gilfoyle and Dave Mackay providing any resistance by winning 3. Diane Atkinson and Ant Cross both won 7 and Emma played well to win 6 games overall. Kirkham's bonus point takes them off the bottom.

Top v bottom and it showed as Pilling B showed no mercy in their 24-0 thrashing of Hesketh B. Only the very first game, which went to setting, was close. Mike Aspden was statistically the best player as Pilling need only 2 more points from their remaining 2 games to become champions.

Division 3
The only team with a 100% record, Stanley A, cruised to another impressive win, this time 21-3 over Ribby Hall B. Stanley won 5 ladies, 6 mens and 10 mixed. Angela Longstaff and Steve Canavan both won 8 games and Julie Lalouette was involved in all 3 of Ribby's wins. Hesketh probably needing just 1 more win from their final 3 games to be champions and make a speedy return to division 2. Ribby B in a 3 way fight to avoid finishing with the wooden spoon but at least have a game in hand over their rivals.

A very close match saw 3rd place Lids B win away at Ribby Hall A by 13-11. Ribby trailed 8-4 after the levels,as Lids took all the men's, but a fight back in the mixed took the match to 10 all. The penultimate set was split for 11 all score followed by a dramatic last set which was comfortably won 2-0 by Lids pairing of Helena Lemper and James Norman to win the match. James and Mark Green won 6 for the victors and Emma Nickson was again top scorer for Ribby with 6. Lids now only 3 points behind but with a much easier run in than Ribby whose last 3 matches include league leaders Stanley A !

Levels
2 mid table teams,separated by a point, had an expected tough match. Stanley managed to win 11-5 against Warton B but the scores included several close games. At 3-3 the match was in the balance but Stanley managed to power ahead by winning 8 of the last 10 games. This included the final set where Stanley won both games on setting!
Jenish Prajapati had a great match for Warton winning 4 and narrowly missing the win in his 4 other games ! It was Lee Meakin though who stole the show by winning all his 8 games to be POTM.

 

Week 16 Report W/E 17th January

18/01/2020

Division 1
The biggest match in the Blackpool league for over 20 years between Fleetwood A and Poulton took place on Wednesday. Fleetwood were defending their title whilst Poulton were defending their 100% record ! Fleetwood went into the match 1 point ahead but having played an extra game. Poulton had won their previous match, and knew that a win or even a draw would probably be good enough for their first ever Division 1 title. With both teams fielding their usual line ups, a close match was anticipated. However the match was virtually over after the levels as Fleetwood's stronger all round team overwhelmed Poulton. A great win in the ladies 4-2 and a comfortable 5-1 win in the mens gave Fleetwood an unassailable 9-3 lead. In the first half of the mixed, Fleetwood won the 4 games required for victory with 6 games still to play! Fleetwood maintained their form winning the last 4 games to stop Poulton from even getting a bonus point. Final score Poulton 7 Fleetwood 17 !!
Michelle Skinner won 5 and was the only Poulton player to win more than 50%. A brilliant all round team performance by Fleetwood, led by POTM Dave Wiseman for winning all 8 games, but backed up by Tim Vickers, Caroline Andrew and Cath Bagley who all won 6. Great credit also to Andy Wiseman and Elizabeth Andrew who gave their team a great start by winning 3 levels each. This result means that Fleetwood will win the title for the 24th consecutive time if they win their last 2 matches.

Kingfisher B continue to fight and with their 18-6 victory over rivals Hesketh A have given themselves an outside chance of catching Pilling. Young star Rachel Dewhurst continues to impress as she was POTM for winning all 8 games. She was backed up by good performances from Sarah Woodhouse and James De Wolf who won 7. Kingfisher now 3 points behind Pilling but with a game in hand whilst Hesketh are set for a return to Division 2.

A great 10-2 start in the levels meant Albany A were comfortable 19-5 winners over Pilling A. Albany's ladies dominated their levels winning 6-0. Sian Meakin was POTM as she won all 8 games. Andy Davis won 4 of his teams 5 games. Albany pretty much assured of 4th place this season whilst Pilling are a distant 5th but looking over their shoulders.

Division 2
Pilling B started their New Year with an emphatic 18-6 away win against Albany B. Their ladies won all 6 for a 9-3 lead after the levels and the mixed ended in the same score.
Pilling well clear at the top whilst Albany languish in mid table. Alison Crosbie and Kath Coleman won all 8 whilst Amit Mistry and Rob Cockerill won 4 each for Albany.

A close encounter between 2nd and 3rd ended in a narrow win for Project 12 against Fleetwood B. After the levels, Fleetwood led 7-5 as their men took 5 games. Project then took the next 2 sets to lead 9-7. Fleetwood responded by taking 3 of the next 4 games to tie the match at 10-10 ! Kat Platt and Jon Jackson then took both games for Project. In the final set Fleetwood took the first game but Project were not to be denied as Sarah Coultas and Mark Pickles easily took the last game 21-10 to give Project the 3 points and increase their lead over Fleetwood to 5 points. Sarah won 7 to be POTM whilst Nick Metcalfe won 6 for Fleetwood.

Lids A comfortably beat a Hesketh B team who have yet to win a match this season. Although the ladies was split at 3-3 Lids won the men's 6-0 and the mixed 9-3 for an emphatic 18-6 away win. All the Hesketh ladies won 3 but Will Booth was easily the POTM as he won all 8

Division 3
1st placed Stanley A march on with a comprehensive 18-6 win over 3rd place Lids B. They completely dominated the mens and mixed, winning 6-0 and 11-1 respectively to ensure they maintain their 100% record. Lee Meakin and Steve Canavan won 8 for the leaders and Helena Lemper and Julie Bennett won 4 for Lids.

Levels
Mid table Stanley were far too strong for the division's bottom team in a one sided 16-0 win. Apart from 1 setting and a couple of other close scores Stanley were never in danger of losing a game. Rob Lee was statistically the best player on the night.

Warton B had a tougher match than the league table suggests as they just managed to beat Bloomfield 9-7. Warton were cruising at 7-3 but a spirited fight back from the visitors just fell short. Bloomfield at least win a consolation point which moves them a little bit further away from the foot of the table. The experience and youth of Mike Cooper and Stephan Martinovsky for Warton proved decisive as they both won 5 as did Phil Hough for the unlucky losers.

 

Week 15 Report W/E 10th January

12/01/2020

Division 1
Pilling A had a comfortable win over Hesketh A by 16-8. Both the levels and mixed ended 8-4 which was made possible by Andy Davis winning all his men's and mixed. Sheena Carberry won 5 for Hesketh which included a last set victory, with partner Richard Percival, of 22-20 and 24-22 which gave Hesketh a much needed point.

Reigning champions Fleetwood saw off the challenge from 3rd placed Kingfisher A by winning 15-9 which was established after their ladies won 6-0 whilst the mens ended all square. The mixed also ended evenly and this was enough to earn Kingfisher a bonus point. Fleetwood's Elizabeth Andrew was the star performer on the night after winning 7 games and Chris Foote was Kingfisher's best player.

Poulton maintained their title quest with a narrow 14-10 victory over Albany A. Their strong ladies won 5 and their men 2 to lead by 7-5 going into the mixed. The experienced combination of Michelle Skinner and Nick Hodgson proved to be too strong as they comfortably won all their 4 games to help Poulton win 7 mixed. Michelle was again POTM for winning 8 games and Oliver Hives won 5 for Albany.

These matches mean Kingfisher and Albany will fight it out for 3rd place.
More importantly however, is the fight for the title. Fleetwood currently lead by 1 point but have played an extra game and crucially were beaten by Poulton before Christmas! Fleetwood have won the title a record 44 times and are currently on a run of 23 consecutive title wins!! In contrast, Poulton are a relatively new club and are trying to win their first ever Division 1 title!
The match of the season is to be played next Wednesday 15th.

Division 2
Struggling Kirkham Charter A fought hard to earn a bonus point in a 10-14 defeat to promotion candidates Project 12. Both Kirkham's ladies and Project's men won 5 and when the first 3 mixed sets ended 3-3 the match was evenly poised at 9-9! However Project then showed their quality by winning 5 of the final 6 games to see out the match and go 3 points clear in second place. Project's Jon Jackson won 7 and Kirkham's Julie Somerside had a great match by winning 6.

Division 3
Stanley B missed a great chance to get 3 points in their drawn match against Kingfisher C. They were 8-4 up after the levels, as their women won all 6, then 10-4 and 12-8 up !
However Kingfisher staged a great fight back winning the final 4 games. Stanley in a 3 way struggle at the bottom but having played more games than their rivals whilst Kingfisher sit respectably in mid table. Claire Doherty won 7 games for Stanley and Kingfisher's Adam Cowell split both mens but crucially won all 4 mixed with partner Bernadette Tomlinson.

Top v bottom ended in a surprising result as Kirkham Charter B snatched a draw against favourites Ribby Hall A. Leading 7-5 after the levels, thanks to their ladies winning 6, Ribby looked to be on course as the first 5 mixed sets were even to maintain their 2 game lead. In the final set however Verity Parker and Dave Mackay won the first game 23-21 and then comfortably won the second game to give Kirkham a vital draw and 2 points. Ribby still in second place but Kirkham fighting hard at the opposite end of the table. Emma Nickson was POTM for winning 7 games for Ribby and Ian Cartmel and Dave Mackay won 6 for Kirkham.

Levels
Reigning champions and current division leaders Warton A were pushed all the way by 3rd placed Project 12. The match was tied at 4-4 at the halfway stage. Both teams then won and and lost the next 2 sets to leave the match evenly poised at 6-6! In the final 2 Warton proved to be slightly stronger as they won all 4 games for a final 10-6 victory. Project now a distant 3rd with Warton still looking good to retain their title.

Fleetwood stay within 2 points of the leaders after a convincing 12-4 win over Broughton who just miss out on a bonus point. Ant Cross and Jacob Carter won all 8 games for Fleetwood whilst all of Broughton's players won 2 games with James Townson having the best points difference.