Most of you will have heard that Phil died just before Christmas. The funeral will be at Slough Crem at 2pm on 18 Jan. Phil worked hard for the league and retired as Chairman at last year's AGM. A big turn-out would be appreciated by his family and me. Please note, Lorraine has requested no Black or flowers.
In the Singles competition final Linda Roberts of Craufurd Buccaneers beat Geoff Beale of Bird In Hand. Sean Pither and Win Newman of Bird In Hand had an outstanding run winning a Pairs quarter final, then a Presidents semi-final, then a Pairs semi-final and beating Brian Bannister and Barry Ackrill to win the Presidents competition. The final of the Play To Lose and the Pairs competition will be played next Tuesday and next Monday respectively.
Congratulations to Tim & Dave of Craufurd Crusaders and Wendy & Dave of Ark Angels on reaching the final of the Play To Lose Competition. This final, along with other outstanding matches from the other competitions are played next Monday night at Desborough. The full play list is:- Singles semi-final: Mike C - North Star -vs- Geoff - Bird In Hand Singles semi-final: Alan - Boundary Arms -vs- Linda - Craufurd Buccaneers Pairs semi-final: Sean & Win - Bird In Hand -vs- Dave & Val - Bourne End Pairs final: winner of the above vs John & Jill - Ivy A Presidents semi-final: Sean & Win - Bird In Hand -vs- Phil & Dave - Bird In Hand Presidents final: winner of the above vs Barry & Brian Craufurd Crusaders Play To…
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.
Ark Angels cemented their position at the top of the league with a draw against Craufurd Crusaders. North Star lost 7-9 to Boundary Arms, Desborough B drew against Bourne End as did Ivy Leaf A vs Ivy Leaf B. Cookham Social beat New Inn 11-5 and Bird In Hand beat Desborough A 9-7. One postponed game remains to be played however it will not affect the top of the league.