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, so one lucky team will lose but still go through by being the highest losers.
Since this now means there are 14 teams some people may wonder why we don’t reschedule the league around those 14 to eliminate the Byes. This would have a potential saving of four weeks on the schedule however with one week gone and probably two by the time I could get it ready and communicated to everyone I don’t think the chaos and upheaval it would cause is worth a two week saving.
Since we have two teams with a Bye each week, they have the option of playing each other in a friendly game. To assist with this the table below lists the Bye teams for each week. Let me stress that this is NOT an official schedule – if these fixtures take place they are friendly games and outside of the league. On the plus side, no pennies need to be collected either and the result does not need to be reported.
All team captains affected before the next meeting have been notified. Others will be made aware at that meeting in the event they haven’t already seen this news item.
|26/09/2016||New Inn||North Star|
|03/10/2016||Ivy Leaf B||Waggon and Horses|
|10/10/2016||Belgian Arms||Ivy Leaf A|
|17/10/2016||Ivy Leaf A||Desborough B|
|24/10/2016||Desborough A||Craufurd Crusaders|
|31/10/2016||Craufurd Buccaneers||Ark Raiders|
|07/11/2016||Ark Angels||Bird In Hand|
|28/11/2016||Bourne End||New Inn|
|05/12/2016||North Star||Ivy Leaf B|
|12/12/2016||Waggon and Horses||Belgian Arms|
|09/01/2017||Desborough B||Desborough A|
|16/01/2017||Craufurd Crusaders||Craufurd Buccaneers|
|23/01/2017||Ark Raiders||Ark Angels|
|13/02/2017||Bird In Hand||Bourne End|
|20/02/2017||New Inn||North Star|
|27/02/2017||Ivy Leaf B||Waggon and Horses|
|06/03/2017||Belgian Arms||Ivy Leaf A|
|13/03/2017||Ivy Leaf A||Desborough B|
|20/03/2017||Desborough A||Craufurd Crusaders|
|27/03/2017||Craufurd Buccaneers||Ark Raiders|
|24/04/2017||Ark Angels||Bird In Hand|
|08/05/2017||Bourne End||New Inn|
|15/05/2017||North Star||Ivy Leaf B|
|22/05/2017||Waggon and Horses||Belgian Arms|
|12/06/2017||Desborough B||Desborough A|
|19/06/2017||Craufurd Crusaders||Craufurd Buccaneers|
|10/07/2017||Ark Raiders||Ark Angels|
|17/07/2017||Bird In Hand||Bourne End|