Cup First Round Draw

Cup
For the first round the seven matches below are played. The top eight teams will go into the Richard Pither competition. The remaining six will go into the Team Trophy. In the first round of the Team Trophy the three winners as well as the highest loser go through to the following round. Note: These matches need to be played to a win/lose - if there is 8-8 draw a tiebreaker must be played. Home Away Ivy Leaf B Desborough A Desborough B Bourne End New Inn Ivy Leaf A Cookham Social Boundary Arms Craufurd Buccaneers Ark Angels Ark Raiders Bird In Hand North Star Craufurd Crusaders
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Team Knockout Cup Winners

Cup
As a mark of respect to Richard Pither, past secretary of the MDCL who died earlier this year, it has been agreed that the Richard Pither Challenge Cup will be awarded to the winners of the upper stream of the team knockout competition and the Team Trophy will be awarded to the second stream. North Star beat Bird In Hand 9-7 to win the Richard Pither Challenge Cup and Belgian Arms beat Bourne End 10-6 to win the Team Trophy.
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Cup Finalists

Cup, Results
The two cup finals will be between North Star (who beat Ark Raiders 10-6) versus Bird In Hand (who beat Desborough A 9-8) and between Bourne End (who beat Ivy Leaf A 10-6) and Belgian Arms (who beat Waggon & Horses 9-7).
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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 ratified 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 Tie Results

Cup, Results
The results for the Team Trophy were as below:-  Ark Raiders  9  8  Craufurd Buccaneers  New Inn  5  11  North Star  Craufurd Crusaders  8  9  Desborough A  Ivy Leaf B  7  9  Bird In Hand Ark Raiders, North Star, Desborough A and Bird In Hand proceed to the semi-finals The Richard Pither Challenge Cup results were as below:-  Desborough B  5  11  Belgian Arms  Bourne End  7  9  Ivy Leaf A  Waggon and Horses  10  6  Ark Angels Belgian Arms, Ivy Leaf A and Waggon And Horses go through to the semi-finals along with Bourne End as the highest placed losing team.
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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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Cup Round 1 Results

Cup, Results
The results for round 1 are below. All winning teams go into the Team Trophy competition along with the highest loser with the remaining six going into the Richard Pither Challenge Cup competition. Since there were two games which finished 8-8 and needed a tiebreaker played there will need to be a card draw at the next league meeting to determine which of these two teams goes into the Team Trophy Home Score Away Score Difference Ark Angels 7 Craufurd Crusaders 9 2 Desborough A 9 Waggon and Horses 7 2 Bourne End 6 Bird In Hand 10 4 New Inn 8 Ark Raiders 9 1 Ivy Leaf B 9 Belgian Arms 7 2 North Star 10 Desborough B 6 4 Craufurd B 9 Ivy Leaf A 8 1
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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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AGM 2016

Admin, Cup, Rules & Constitution
The Constitution has now been updated with the changes adopted at the 2016 AGM This season there are 16 teams and thus no need to hold any cup competition qualifying rounds to eliminate teams down to 16. There will be one preliminary round where the top eight teams go into the Team Trophy and the remaining eight go into the Richard Pither Challenge Cup. If there are tied teams around the midpoint a card draw will be performed at the next league meeting to decide which of the tied teams go into which competition. If a preliminary round match produces a 8-8 result a tiebreaker must be played to produce a win. As usual this may be played as one game or three parallel games at the discretion of the team captains…
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