Cup Final Venues & Secretaries’ Cup

Competitions, Cup, Fixtures, Results
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.
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Cup Draw

Cup, Fixtures
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
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Competition Results

Competitions, Fixtures, Results
This week the concluding rounds and finals of the competitions were played at Desborough Bowling Club Brian Blackmun of North Star beat Sylvie Haley of Ivy Leaf B to win the Singles competition George Coussins and Richard Earl of Desborough made it to two finals, losing in the Presidents/Tony Blay Memorial final to Wendy and Alan Frampton of Waggon & Horses but winning in the Pairs final against Bob Barclay and Malcom Hall of Ivy Leaf B Trophies will be presented at the AGM in August. Due to scheduling difficulties the postponed fixture between Belgian Arms and Ark Angels will be considered void with no result.
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Cup Fixtures and other news from tonight’s meeting

Cup, Fixtures, Rules & Constitution
The cup draws are as follows (home team first):- Ark Raiders vs North Star Bird In Hand vs Desborough A and Ivy Leaf A vs Bourne End Waggon & Horses vs Belgian Arms It was proposed that the trophies awarded for the team knockout competition be exchanged as a mark of respect to the late Richard Pither thus the Richard Pither Challenge Cup will be awarded to the winners of the top half of the competition and the Team Trophy awarded to the winners of the lower half of the competition. This will need to be┬áratified via a constitution change at the next AGM but was generally agreed. There are currently 26 entries out of a possible 32 for the President's/Tony Blay Memorial competition so any additional entries should be…
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Cup Draws

Cup, Fixtures
Here are the draws for the next round of the cup competitions (home team first) Team Trophy Ark Raiders vs Craufurd Buccaneers New Inn vs North Star Craufurd Crusaders vs Desborough A Ivy Leaf B vs Bird In Hand Richard Pither Trophy Desborough B vs Belgian Arms Bourne End vs Ivy Leaf A Waggon & Horses vs Ark Angels Note: as well as the three winners the highest placed losing team will also go through to the next round of the Richard Pither Trophy
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Notes from tonight’s meeting

Admin, Competitions, Cup, Fixtures
Here are the cup games for the first round. Teams are reminded that if there is an 8-8 result after the normal match a tiebreaker must be played (one game or three games as agreed between the captains) Home Away Ark Angels Craufurd Crusaders Desborough A Waggon & Horses Bourne End Bird In Hand New Inn Ark Raiders Ivy Leaf B Belgian Arms North Star Desborough B Craufurd Buccaneers Ivy Leaf A The seven winning teams plus the highest loser will go into the Team Trophy. Six teams will go into the Richard Pither Challenge Cup and will play each other in the quarter-finals with all three winners and the higher loser proceeding to the semi-finals. It was agreed that if both teams agree in advance a match can begin…
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Barley Mow withdraws from Winter 2016/7 season

Admin, Fixtures, Teams
Faced with the prospect of not being able to field a team for the second week in a row the Barley Mow have now taken the decision to withdraw from the season. Accordingly all their fixtures now become Byes and when we come to draw out the fixtures for the first round of cup games we will have all 14 teams playing each other and then rank those results to put 8 teams in the Team Trophy and 6 teams in the Richard Pither Challenge Cup. There are a few different ways we could handle 6 teams there so I'll table that for discussion at the next meeting. At the moment I favour having all six play each other and the two bottom teams overall across those results drop out,…
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Thatched Cottage withdraws from Winter 2016/7 Season

Admin, Fixtures, Teams
The Thatched Cottage team has withdrawn from the Winter League. The schedule for the season is unchanged other than games versus Thatched Cottage becoming a bye fixture. In the Team Trophy/RIchard Pither Cup competitions the top eight teams after the first cup game will go into the Team Trophy and the lower seven into the Richard Pither Cup. Reminder - the first cup game must be played to a win/lose result so a tiebreaker may be needed. In addition, one of the seven teams in the Richard Pither Cup will get a bye past the first elimination round. I'll get in touch with all the team captains who have fixtures against Thatched Cottage between the start of the season and the first league meeting.
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May Meetings – Reminder

Admin, Fixtures
This is a reminder to all team captains that the meeting scheduled for May 17 is cancelled since it was agreed at the last AGM that summer registration would take place at the preceding meeting which was held in April. The May 31 meeting will go ahead and will include distribution of summer fixtures for registered teams (seven are registered at present, so if anyone wants to enter an eighth let me know as soon as possible), return of the remaining trophies and payment of monies owing for games since April or not paid at the April meeting. At the moment it looks like there may be one less team registering for the next winter season which will mean there are 16 teams (unless a potential new team registers making…
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