My partner and I have decided that the time is right for a move to Cornwall. Consequently, I will not be standing for re-election at this year's AGM although I will do all the usual design work in advance of the AGM to prepare the next season's fixtures and venue bookings. If you're a team member or team captain and interested in taking the role on for the next season and beyond please get in touch by email or via your team captain. While computer skills are a bonus, the most important thing is an understanding of how a league operates together with periodic competitions. While any successor would not be confirmed until the AGM, I'm happy to spend time with any candidates to explain how I've run things and…
A reminder that registration for the next season takes place at Desborough Bowling Club on July 24th from 8pm. The usual fee of £30 will be payable. Those teams holding cups or shields from the previous season are reminded these need to be returned on July 24th or earlier by arrangement. These are:- Pairs Shield Desborough B Tony Blay Shield/Presidents Waggon & Horses/Boundary Arms Secretary's Cup Waggon & Horses/Boundary Arms Singles Shield North Star Play To Lose (Already returned) Bird In Hand League Cup Bourne End Team Trophy (Already returned) Former Bridge House team R Pither Cup North Star
In the Singles competition final Linda Roberts of Craufurd Buccaneers beat Geoff Beale of Bird In Hand. Sean Pither and Win Newman of Bird In Hand had an outstanding run winning a Pairs quarter final, then a Presidents semi-final, then a Pairs semi-final and beating Brian Bannister and Barry Ackrill to win the Presidents competition. The final of the Play To Lose and the Pairs competition will be played next Tuesday and next Monday respectively.
Congratulations to Tim & Dave of Craufurd Crusaders and Wendy & Dave of Ark Angels on reaching the final of the Play To Lose Competition. This final, along with other outstanding matches from the other competitions are played next Monday night at Desborough. The full play list is:- Singles semi-final: Mike C - North Star -vs- Geoff - Bird In Hand Singles semi-final: Alan - Boundary Arms -vs- Linda - Craufurd Buccaneers Pairs semi-final: Sean & Win - Bird In Hand -vs- Dave & Val - Bourne End Pairs final: winner of the above vs John & Jill - Ivy A Presidents semi-final: Sean & Win - Bird In Hand -vs- Phil & Dave - Bird In Hand Presidents final: winner of the above vs Barry & Brian Craufurd Crusaders Play To…
Both cup finals proved to be close run affairs. In the Richard Pither Challenge Cup final Craufurd Crusaders drew with Ark Angels 8-8 after playing the standard match and won it on the decider. North Star managed an outright victory over Craufurd Buccaneers by the narrowest of margins: 9-7.
Ark Angels cemented their position at the top of the league with a draw against Craufurd Crusaders. North Star lost 7-9 to Boundary Arms, Desborough B drew against Bourne End as did Ivy Leaf A vs Ivy Leaf B. Cookham Social beat New Inn 11-5 and Bird In Hand beat Desborough A 9-7. One postponed game remains to be played however it will not affect the top of the league.
Ark Angels move into first place with a 12-4 win over Desborough B. Craufurd Buccaneers drew with sister team Craufurd Crusaders to have the same number of points but a lower points difference. Boundary Arms move up to third with a 9-7 win over Bourne End. New Inn lost 7-9 to Ivy Leaf B and drop from third to fifth. Ivy Leaf A beat North Star 10-6. Cookham Social beat Bird In Hand 9-7.
The Richard Pither cup final between Craufurd Crusaders and Ark Angels will be played at the Craufurd Arms. The Team Trophy cup final between Craufurd Buccaneers and North Star will be played at the North Star. Congratulations to Alan Frampton (Boundary Arms) on winning the Secretaries' Cup competition for a second year running, beating Peter Colton of Ivy Leaf A in the final.