New Inn vs Ark Angels Desborough 'A' vs Ivy Leaf 'A' North Star vs New Inn Bees Bourne End SC Bye Hedsor Club vs Bird in Hand Craufurd Buccaneers vs Desborough 'B' Ivy Leaf 'B' vs Craufurd Crusaders Ties to be played on 22nd October. Winners will join Bourne End SC in the Richard Pither Cup, losers play in the Team Trophy.
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.
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. Home Away Boundary Arms Ivy Leaf B Craufurd Crusaders Bird In Hand Ivy Leaf A Desborough B Team Trophy The three winners and the closest loser go through to the next round. Home Away Desborough A North Star Bourne End Cookham Social New Inn Craufurd Buccaneers
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…