Both cup finals proved to be close run affairs. In the Richard Pither Challenge Cup final Craufurd Crusaders drew with Ark Angels 8-8 after playing the standard match and won it on the decider.
North Star managed an outright victory over Craufurd Buccaneers by the narrowest of margins: 9-7.
The Richard Pither cup final between Craufurd Crusaders and Ark Angels will be played at the Craufurd Arms.
The Team Trophy cup final between Craufurd Buccaneers and North Star will be played at the North Star.
Congratulations to Alan Frampton (Boundary Arms) on winning the Secretaries’ Cup competition for a second year running, beating Peter Colton of Ivy Leaf A in the final.
After tonight’s semi-finals the Richard Pither Cup will be contested between Craufurd Crusaders and Ark Angels and the Team Trophy will be contested between Craufurd Buccaneers and North Star.
The semi-final draws for the RIchard Pither cup are Craufurd Crusaders (Home) vs Boundary Arms and Ark Angels (Home) vs Ivy Leaf A.
The Team Trophy draws are New Inn (Home) vs Craufurd Buccaneers and North Star (Home) vs Bourne End
All these games take place on March 12th.
In addition the postponed Ivy Leaf B vs Bird In Hand league fixture will be played that evening.
The teams going through to the next round of the Richard Pither cup are Boundary Arms who beat Ivy Leaf B 12-4 and Craufurd Crusaders who beat Bird In Hand 11-5. Ark Angels go through on a bye. They will be joined by either Ivy Leaf A or Desborough B.
The winning teams going through to the next round of the Team Trophy are North Star, who beat Desborough A 13-3; Bourne End, who beat Cookham Social 12-4 and New Inn who beat Craufurd Buccaneers 10-6. As the highest placed losing team Craufurd Buccaneers also go through to the next round.
Richard Pither Cup
Ark Angels have a Bye through to the next round.
||Ivy Leaf B
||Bird In Hand
|Ivy Leaf A
The three winners and the closest loser go through to the next round.
The final result is a 9-7 win for Boundary Arms over Cookham Social.
With the Ark Raiders withdrawing there are now 13 teams .
Thinking this through, the Team Trophy would not benefit from only five teams going through, so instead I’m going to arrange it so that 7 go to the upper stream and six to the lower.
The upper stream will be the six winners tonight plus Bird In Hand. When the next round is drawn one team (other than Bird In Hand) will get a bye to the next round and be joined by the three winners.
The lower stream will be the six losing teams. When they play the next round the three winners will go through along with one of the losing teams.
The results for tonight are:-
|Ivy Leaf B 9
||7 Desborough A
|Desborough B 9
||7 Bourne End
|New Inn 7
||9 Ivy Leaf A
|Cookham Social ?
||? Boundary Arms
|Craufurd Buccaneers 8
||9 Ark Angels
|North Star 8
||9 Craufurd Crusaders
|Bird In Hand BYE
For the first round the seven matches below are played. The top eight teams will go into the Richard Pither competition. The remaining six will go into the Team Trophy.
In the first round of the Team Trophy the three winners as well as the highest loser go through to the following round.
Note: These matches need to be played to a win/lose – if there is 8-8 draw a tiebreaker must be played.
|Ivy Leaf B
||Ivy Leaf A
||Bird In Hand
As a mark of respect to Richard Pither, past secretary of the MDCL who died earlier this year, it has been agreed that the Richard Pither Challenge Cup will be awarded to the winners of the upper stream of the team knockout competition and the Team Trophy will be awarded to the second stream.
North Star beat Bird In Hand 9-7 to win the Richard Pither Challenge Cup and Belgian Arms beat Bourne End 10-6 to win the Team Trophy.