Category Archives: Fixtures

Fixtures – rescheduling, alterations, forfeit matches, etc

Cup Qualifiers Round 3 Draw

The third qualifier round games will be as follows (home team first)

Ark Raiders v Bird In Hand

Craufurd Crusaders v Ark Angels

Ivy A vs Belgian Arms

Cookham Social vs New Inn

Desborough B vs Ivy B

Bourne End vs Barley Mow

North Star vs Waggon

Thatched Cottage vs Craufurd Buccaneers

Desborough A have the Bye and are awarded a draw result.

Thatched Cottage were fined and deducted three points for missing their second league meeting.

Cup Qualifiers Round 2

The draw for the second round of cup qualifier games is (home team first):-

Cookham Social v Bird In Hand

Ivy B v Waggon

Thatched Cottage v Ivy A

Desborough B v Barley Mow

North Star v Bourne End

New Inn v Craufurd Buccaneers

Craufurd Crusaders v Desborough A

Ark Angels v Belgian Arms

The Ark Raiders have a bye.

It was agreed between the teams concerned to modify the 11-5 result recorded for Barley Mow’s win over Craufurd Crusaders in week 4 to 10-6. This will show up in next week’s tables (and already missed the deadline for the tables in this week’s Advertiser)

Cup Draw for Round 1

Here is the draw for the first cup qualifying round. The home team is first in each case

Ivy A Cookham Social
Bourne End Ivy B
(Bye) Ark Angels
Barley Mow Thatched Cottage
Belgian Arms Desborough B
Desborough A North Star
Waggon New Inn
Bird In Hand Craufurd Crusaders
Craufurd Buccaneers Ark Raiders

Cup Semi-Finals

The draws for the Team Trophy are:-

North Star vs Ivy Leaf B

Waggon A vs Bourne End

and for the Richard Pither Cup:-

Belgian Arms vs Ark Raiders

Desborough B vs Thatched Cottage

The first team is home in each match.

Cup Quarter Final Draw

In the Team Trophy Ivy B will play Cookham Social, Waggon A will play Rose, Barley Mow will play North Star and Bourne End will play Waggon B (the home team is listed first each time).

In the Richard Pither Cup Desborough B will play Ivy Leaf A, Bird In Hand will play Thatched Cottage, Belgian Arms will play Desborough A and Ark Raiders will play Ark Angels (again, the home team is first each time).

Cup Qualifiers – Round 3

Desborough B missed their second meeting of this season without advance notice/apologies and are therefore fined again and this time have 3 points deducted.

The draw for the final round of cup qualifiers is as follows:-

 Home  Away
 Ark Angels  Rose
 Waggon B  Desborough B
 Cookham Social  Ark Raiders
 Bourne End  (bye)
 Craufurd Arms  Waggon A
 Ivy Leaf A  North Star
 Desborough A  Belgian Arms
 Thatched Cottage  Bird In Hand
 Barley Mow  Ivy Leaf B

Cup Qualifier Round 1 Draw

The first team is at home for each game. All home teams will be away for the second round of qualifiers.

Note: The Rose/Ivy Leaf B fixture has been swapped around to avoid both Ivy Leaf teams at home in round 2.

 Home Away 
 Waggon A  North Star
 Ark Raiders  Belgian Arms
 Bourne End  Cookham Social
 Barley Mow  Bird In Hand
 Craufurd Arms  Ivy Leaf A
 Ivy Leaf B  Rose
 Desborough A  Waggon B
 Bye  Desborough B
 Thatched Cottage  Ark Angels

Why not reschedule Division 1?

A question I’ve been asked a number of times now is why not reschedule Division One now that it has eight actual teams taking part yet the schedule is still built on ten slots. It seems like some people think this has never occurred to me while the truth of it is that there are some strong reasons why I considered and quickly rejected the idea as soon as it became clear we would have two Bye slots in Division 1.

There are a number of reasons:-

* Even if Division 1 were rescheduled, reducing its duration by four weeks, the season would still last the same time overall because Division 2 has nine teams and therefore has to stay built on a ten team schedule. There would still be four dead weeks compared to Division 2, the only difference now is that they are distributed through the year instead of all being together at the end when Division 1 would have finished but Division 2 still had four fixtures to go

* Several venues have two teams in the league and most of them cannot handle both their teams being at home. When both divisions are the same size it’s relatively easy to ensure automatically that a venue with two teams will never have both of them home at the same time (Ok, so I missed out doing this for the Waggon in this year’s schedule but that’s an oversight on my part). If the two divisions were different sizes there would have to be manual editing of the fixtures to protect venues with two teams where it’s usually an automatic thing in the schedule generation. Manual editing is a slippery slope which leads to even more strings of consecutive home or consecutive away games than can happen already with the structured schedule

* Finally, not all teams are electronically aware. It can take time to get information out to all team members and some teams still insist on having a paper copy of the schedule mailed out or don’t meet other players in the team until they are next at the venue. Releasing a new Division 1 schedule would have been a massive cause of confusion amongst teams with the attendant risk of a team going to the wrong place for a fixture.

Now onto a couple of practical things…

Any given week there will three active teams on a Bye (except for two times when the Division 1 Bye teams are scheduled against each other). They are encouraged to arrange friendly games. Friendly games do not need Pennies to be collected or the result reported.

With 17 active teams across both divisions there will be only one team eliminated from the cup competition at the end of the three qualifying rounds.



New Inn withdraws from Winter League

I’ve just been advised that the New Inn are unfortunately unable to raise a full team for the Winter League and therefore are forced to withdraw.

As a consequence there will be two Bye teams in Division 1 for this season.

If any of you are short of players in your teams you might want to get in touch with the New Inn captain to see if any of their remaining players would like to join up.



Summer 2014 Fixtures

The fixtures for Summer 2014 are now published on the website.

Paper copies, along with contact details for each team, will be available at the meeting on June 17th with games beginning on the following Monday, June 23rd. Please make sure to refer to the contact details sheet when you get it – some teams have a different contact person for the summer season.

There are eight teams formed into a single division so there are 14 games to play.

All teams are reminded that registration for the Winter season 2014/5 takes place on July 21st with the AGM on August 18th.