Pairs Competition & Richard Pither RIP

Admin, Competitions
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…
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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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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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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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