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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.

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.

Barley Mow withdraws from Winter 2016/7 season

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


Thatched Cottage withdraws from Winter 2016/7 Season

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.

AGM 2016

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 involved

May Meetings – Reminder

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 it 17 again). This does mean that I’ll be able to schedule a season without any Byes however it also means the season will be shorter by four weeks (although this will be offset by the season needing to start slightly later due to the summer league) and also means there will need to be an adjustment in the number of teams promoted and demoted.

Since the team that may not register is in Division 1 and the current sizes were Division 1=8 and Division 2=9 this would mean that the sizes become 7 and 9 so an adjustment is needed. Normally two teams are demoted or promoted. *IF* the situation I anticipate does happen both teams from Division 2 will be promoted to Division 1 however only the bottom team from Division 1 will be demoted which will get both league sizes to 8 and 8.