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Competition Finals

The outstanding competition rounds will be played next Monday, July 24th at Desborough. Since one pair is in the semi-finals for both the Pairs and the Presidents we’ll will make an earlier than usual start to improve the chances of completing everything the same night

The matches will be played in three waves which have been selected for the least amount of blocking where people are needed for more than one competition or waiting where someone needs to play the winners of a game being played on the night

Wave 1

Pairs Quarter (7.30pm start): David & Paul (Ark Angels) vs Joey & Debbie (Ivy Leaf A)

Singles Final (8pm start): Brian (North Star) vs Sylvie (Ivy Leaf B)

Presidents Semi (7.30pm start): George & Richard (Desborough B) vs Jim & Chris (Belgian Arms/Bridge House)

Wave 2

Presidents Final: Wendy & Alan (Waggon & Horses/Boundary Arms) vs semi winners

Pairs Semi: Winner of Pairs Quarter vs Bob & Malcolm (Ivy Leaf A)

Pairs Semi: George & Richard (Desborough B) vs Brian & Geoff (North Star) (if George and Richard are also in the Presidents Final, the final will be played first)

Wave 3

Pairs Final: both semi winners from wave 2

If George & Richard win their Presidents Semi-Final, the Presidents Final will still take place immediately after, taking precedence over their Pairs Semi-Final. That’ll allow the most people to have a game in either wave 1 or wave 2.

Obviously there’s a chance we won’t get as far as the Pairs Final depending who wins the various semi-finals and how many matches go to three games. If that happens, I will suggest finishing off the following night at Desborough since that’s the Winter Registration Meeting

Good luck to all the competitors!



President’s Competition

Wendy and Alan Frampton of Waggon & Horses progressed all the way to the final where they will meet the winners of the semi-final to be played in July between Jim McDonnell and Chris Howard of Belgian Arms versus George Coussins and Richard Earl of Desborough B. Congratulations to all concerned!

Pairs Competition & Richard Pither RIP

The Pairs Competition was played this evening. As usual, it reached the semi-finals in most streams with one quarter final to play. The outstanding matches will be played on Finals Night at Desborough in July.

One semi-final will be between George & Richard of Desborough B vs Brian and Geoff of North Star.

The quarter final is between David & Paul of Ark Angels vs Joey & Debbie of Ivy Leaf A. The winner of this game will play Bob & Malcolm also of Ivy Leaf A.

It is with deepest regret that we learned of the death over the weekend of Richard Pither, past secretary of Maidenhead & District Cribbage League. Richard was secretary of the League for around 20 years, standing down in 2010.

Despite failing health Richard remained an active member of the local cribbage community especially at the Bird In Hand in Henley where he was the team captain for many years.

The League extends its sympathies to his family and will continue to honour his memory through the Richard Pither Challenge Trophy, one of two knockout team competitions held during the winter season.

Single Competition

The Singles Competition was played tonight as far as the semi-finals. There were 52 entrants and 49 attended. The two semi-final winners who will face each other at the Finals next year are Sylvie Haley from Ivy Leaf B and Brian Blackmun from North Star.

Notes from tonight’s meeting

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 at 8pm rather than 8.30pm. This will be proposed as a constitution amendment at the next AGM.

There are currently 50 entries for the Singles competition with one team left to provider their numbers, so a few more could be fitted in whilst still remaining below 64. Let me know if you wish to make any additional entries.

Finals Results

The President’s competition for the Tony Blay Memorial Trophy was won by Greg and Vipa from Ark Angels who beat Alan and Terry from Waggon.

The Play To Lose was won by Tony and Mary from Cookham who defeated Dave and Bob from Ark Angels.

The Singles was won by Dave from Bird In Hand who beat Tony from Cookham.

One pairs quarter and semi was played, resulting in Mick and Josie from Ivy B reaching the final. The other quarter final could not be played, so the remaining quarter, semi and final will be played on May 16th.

Notes From Tonight’s Meeting

Alan Foskett for New Inn won the Secretary’s Cup, defeating Greg Holden of Ark Angels.

Barley Mow conceded their outstanding fixture against Waggon due to a scheduling issue, with the result that Waggon are definitely promoted. The Belgian Arms will also be promoted unless they lose their outstanding fixture by a score of 13-3 or worse.

Six teams registered for the Summer League so this will go ahead. The teams are Bird In Hand, Craufurd Arms (2), Waggon/New Inn, North Star and Ark.

A reminder that the meeting on May 17 is cancelled. The next meeting will be Trophy Return/Summer Kickoff on May 31.