WILLIAM TWIGG A WIN INAUGURAL BDPL SUMMER LEAGUE

 

Congratulations to the William Twigg A who defeated the Molly Millar B to win the Inaugural Bracknell and District Pool League Summer League.

 

Although the Twigg A went into the Match as favourites, the Mollys B had progressed to the Final without tasting defeat during the Group Stages, including an impressive double over the highly fancied William Twigg and were expected to provide a stern test for a strong Twigg side.

 

And the Mollys immediately set about underlining their credentials by taking the first frame. The Twigg however hit back immediately before seeing the Mollys clinch the third frame to edge ahead again. The Twigg hit back again though in emphatic style, a total clearance seeing them draw level again. With the fifth and six frames
also being shared, the two sides went into the break all square and perhaps even unlucky not to have been 4-2 to the good after a missed opportunity late on.

 

Having been given a scare in the first six, the Twigg started the second six in blistering fashion, reeling off three unanswered frames, including another total clearance to open up a three frame lead. 

 

The Mollys hit back again though with Richard Levesconte seizing on an error from the Twigg's Billy Docherty to cut the defecit to two frames and send the Final into an eleventh frame.

 

Knowing that only a win would be enough to continue their challenge, the Molly's Captain Justin Corio started strongly against the Twigg's Paul Walter, and looked likely to cut the Twigg's lead to just a single frame before a poor positional shot handed the initiative to the Twigg player. Despite the pressure, Paul Walter made light work of a tricky clearance culminating in an excellent black to claim the Frame which sees the William Twigg A crowned as the first ever BDPL Summer League Champions.

 

GOLDEN FARMER A WIN INAUGURAL BDPL SUMMER LEAGUE PLATE

 

Congratulations to the Golden Farmer A who edged out the Prince of Wales to win the inaugural Bracknell & District Pool League Summer League Plate.

 

In a thrilling Final that was a credit to both teams, the two sides could barely be separated with neither being able to establish more than a single frame lead before being pegged back. 

 

Going into the penultimate frame, the sides were locked at 5-5. With tensions rising, mistakes began to creep in and both sides saw chances go begging before an excellent clearance under pressure saw the Golden Farmer edge in front. 

 

The final frame was reflective of the match itself, a tight affair with neither player being able to dominate. As the frame edged to a close, chances came and went for both players until the Golden Farmer's Mick Gardner, hero of the Farmer's Semi Final victory, held his nerve again to sink the winning black which sees the Golden
Farmer A claim the first ever Bracknell & District Pool League Trophy.

 

Week 16 of the BDPL Summer League saw the team whittled down to the last four as the Knock-out Stage reached the Semi-Finals.

 

In the first of the Semi Final ties, the William Twigg A, who brushed aside the Bridge House A in the Quarter Finals, faced Club 8 A who have enjoyed an excellent first season, thrashing the Squirrels to reach the last four. Ultimately though, the Final proved a step to far for the Club 8 side who were squeezed out 7-4 by the
Competition favourites.

 

In the second of the Semi Final ties, the Sun who performed superbly to shock the highly fancied William Twigg in the Quarter Finals, faced a tricky tie against the Molly Millar B who had maintained a 100% record thus far in the competition, looking strong throughout. And it was the Mollys who continued their fine Season with a thrilling 7-5 victory, coming from behind with a strong finish to see them into their first Final.

 

So the Summer League Final will therefore be contested by the William Twigg and the Molly Millar B. The Twigg will go into the Match as favourites having swept all in front of them aside with ease, but the Mollys have had an excellent Season and remaining undefeated thus far is a laudable achievement. They will provide stern
opposition and could yet spring a surprise. The match will be held at Club 8 on Thursday 27th September.

 

Meanwhile, in the Summer League Plate Semi Finals, the much fancied Golden Farmer, who dispatched the Village Inn in a keenly fought Quarter Final, entertained the Bridge House B who had crushed the Boot A in their Quarter Final match. In a thrilling contest it was the Golden Farmer who triumphed by the narrowest of margins, squeezing out the Bridge 7-5 to reach the Final and continue a fine season for the new team.

 

In the other Semi Final match, the also fancied Prince of Wales, who came through a tricky Quarter Final against the Blue Lion faced the Newtown Pippin B who had breezed past the William Twigg B in their Quarter Final Match.  In a match equally as tight as the other Semi Final, it was the Prince of Wales who edged out the
Pippin in a twelve frame thriller, their 7-5 victory seeing them continue their excellent season with a place in the Final.

 

So the Summer League Plate Final will be contested by the Golden Farmer A and the Prince of Wales. Both teams know each other well and this is sure to be an extremely tight affair. The Match itself will be played at the William Twigg a week before the Summer League Final on Thursday 20th September.

BDPL SUMMER LEAGUE SEMI FINALS & SUMMER LEAGUE PLATE SEMI FINALS DRAWS MADE

 

The Draw for the Semi Finals of the BDPL Summer League and Summer League Plate Competitions has been made.

 

BDPL Summer League

 

In the first of the Semi Finals, the William Twigg A, favourites for the Competition and victors over the Bridge House A in the Quarter Finals, will play Club 8 A who continued their outstanding Group Stage form with another crushing victory over the Squirrels in the Quarter Finals.

 

Meanwhile, in the second of the Semi Finals, the Sun, who pulled off an outstanding performance to stun the fancied William Twigg will play the Molly Millar B in what looks likely to be an interesting tie. The Mollys powered past Group B Winners Club 8 B in the Quarter Finals and are yet to taste defeat this season, having remained unbeaten throughout the Group Stages, despite being pipped to top spot in the Group.

 

BDPL Summer League Plate

 

In the first of the Semi Finals of a Plate Competition which looks too close to call, the Golden Farmer A, who eased past the Village Inn to reach the Semi Finals, will play the Bridge House B who thumped Group C’s 4th placed team, the Boot A to stroll into the Semis.

 

Meanwhile, in the second of the Semi Finals, the Newtown Pippin B, who dumped Group D’s fourth placed team, the William Twigg B, out of the Quarter Finals will play the Prince of Wales who continued their fine season with a resounding 7-3 victory over the Blue Lion to book their place in the Semi Finals.

 

Week 15 of the BDPL Summer League saw the competition enter the Quarter Final Stages.

 

In the first of the Quarter Final ties, Club 8 A, winners of Group A hosted the Squirrels who had snatched second spot in Group B on the final evening of the Group Fixtures. A thumping 7-2 victory for Club 8 A saw them make light work of the Squirrels and underline their credentials as one of the favourites for the title. 

 

Meanwhile, in the second of the Quarter Final ties, the William Twigg A who stormed to top spot in Group C, entertained the Bridge House A who saw off stiff competition to take second spot in Group A. The Twigg ran out 7-3 winners and along with Club 8 A will also prove tough opposition in the Semi Finals.

 

In the third of the Quarter Final ties, the William Twigg, who secured top spot in Group D on the final evening of the Group Stages fixtures, hosted the Sun, runners up in Group C in an all Premier League tie. In the biggest shock of the night, the Sun produced a superb performance against a stuttering Twigg side to dump one of the pre-tournament favourites out of the competition 7-5.

 

In the final Quarter Final tie, Club 8 B who had eased to top spot in Group B, hosted the Molly Millar B, who had been pipped to top spot in Group D by the William Twigg despite doing the double over their Group D opponents and being the only second placed side to remain unbeaten at the end of the Group Stages. The Mollys continued their excelent form, making short work of the Group B winners, with a 7-3 win seeing them ease into the Semi Finals.

 

Meanwhile, it was also Quarter Final Night in the Summer League Plate Competition.

 

In the first of the Plate Quarter Final ties, the Golden Farmer A, third in Group A, entertained the Village Inn who were edged out of third place on the final evening of the Group Stages. The Farmer continued their excellent season with a 7-4 victory seeing them safely through to the Semi Finals. Meanwhile, in the second Quarter Final tie, Bridge House B, the team who edged out the Village Inn to take third spot in Group B, hosted the Boot A who took fourth in the depleted Group C. And it was the Bridge who proved far too strong for the Boot, a thumping 7-1 victory seeing them ease into the Semi Finals.

 

In the third of the Quarter Final ties, the Prince of Wales, third placed finishers in a tough Group D, hosted the Blue Lion who secured fourth spot in Group A. And it was the Prince who proved too strong, taking an early lead and keeping the Blue Lion at arm’s length to run out 7-3 winners.

 

In the final Quarter Final tie, the William Twigg B, who withstood a late challenge to take fourth spot in Group D, travelled to the Newtown Pippin B, who finished comfortably third in Group C. Once again, third place proved too strong for fourth place as the Pippin surged into a comfortable early lead and never looked back as they secured a 7-2 victory and safe passage into the Semi Finals.

 

BDPL SUMMER LEAGUE QUARTER FINALS & SUMMER LEAGUE PLATE QUARTER FINALS DRAWS MADE

 

The Draw for the Quarter Finals of the BDPL Summer League and Summer League Plate Competitions was made tonight at the William Twigg.

 

BDPL Summer League

 

In the first of the Quarter Finals, Club 8 A, who stormed through the Group Stages, entertain The Squirrels who sneaked into second spot in Group B on the final evening of the Group Stages. Meanwhile, the second Quarter Final sees an all Premier League affair as the Bridge House A, runners up in Group A, travel to the William Twigg A who swept all aside in Group C. The third of the Quarter Finals sees another all Premier League tie as the William Twigg, who edged out the Molly Millar B to top Group D, entertain The Sun, runners-up in Group C. The last of the Quarter Finals sees Club 8 B, Table toppers in Group B face a potentially tricky tie against Group D runners-up the Molly Millar B

 

BDPL Summer League Plate

 

In the Plate Competition, the first of the Quarter Finals sees the Golden Farmer A, edged into third spot in Group A, entertain The Village Inn who missed out on third spot in Group B by the narrowest of margins. The second of the Quarter Finals sees Bridge House B, who edged out the Village Inn to take third spot in Group B, host the Boot A who finished fourth in the depleted Group C. Meanwhile, in the third of the Quarter Finals, the Prince of Wales, who are likely to be considered one of the favourites in the Plate Competition, host the Blue Lion in what could be a tricky tie for the fourth placed Team in Group A. The last of the Quarter Finals sees the Newtown Pippin B, who took third spot in Group C, entertain the William Twigg B, who sneaked fourth spot in Group D, edging out the Boot B on the final evening of the Group Stages.

 

The BDPL Summer League entered Week 14 and the final round of the Group Stage Fixtures, with several places in the Knock-out and Plate Knock-out Stages still very much up for grabs.

 

In Group A, Club 8 A travelled to the Woodcutters having already booked a place in the Knock-out Stages and looking to secure top spot in the Group. An 8-4 win ensured they did just that.Meanwhile, second placed Bridge House A hosted bottom of the table Royal Oak knowing that a slip up could see the Golden Farmer A pip them to second spot. However, an impressive 11-1 win saw the Bridge maintain their position and leaves the Farmer, who suffered a 7-5 home reverse against the Blue Lion, secure the first of the Plate Knock-out positions, whilst the Blue Lion's victory sees them take the final Knock-out position. 

 

In Group B, Club 8 B's 8-4 victory over the Bridge B ensured that both Club 8 Teams claimed top spot in their respective Groups. Meanwhile, there was late drama in the race for second spot as a late charge by the Squirrels (aided by a final day no-show from the Pippin A) saw them sneak the second Knock-out position at the expense of the Bridge House B who had looked favourites last week but whose defeat this week proved costly. That result sees them finish level on points with The Village Inn, separated only by a better head to head record meaning The Village take the final Knock-out position.

 

Meanwhile, in Group C, The William Twigg A enjoyed another evening off knowing they had already secured top spot in the Group and safe passage through to the Knock-out Stages. In the Group's only fixture, the Sun travelled to The Boot A, also knowing they had already secured second spot and an 8-4 victory sees them finsih the Group Stages with a flourish. Newtown Pippin B take the first of the Plate Knock-out positions whilst The Boot A take the fourth and final position.

 

Finally, in Group D, top of the table William Twigg took the week off and looked on nervously as second placed Molly Millar B hosted the Prince of Wales knowing a strong win could see them overhaul the Twigg and claim top spot in the Group. However, an excellent performance by an under strength Prince side saw the Mollys
claim only a narrow 7-5 victory meaning they settle for second spot. The Prince meanwhile claim the first of the Plate Knock-out places and will be one of the favourites in the Plate Competition. Meanwhile, the Green Man's 12-0 walkover against The Boot B was not enough to see them move off the foot of the table but will have pleased the William Twigg B who claimed the fourth and final Knock-out
position by a single point.

 

The BDPL Summer League moved into its penultimate week and saw several teams secure their places in the Knock-out Stages.

 

In Group A, Club 8 A have secured a top two finish after a resounding 10-2 victory over The Bull which has ended the latter’s hopes of securing the final Knock-out position. The Bridge House A and Golden Farmer A will fight it out in the final week for the second of the top two spots. With the Golden Farmer A enjoying a week off, the Bridge House A had the chance to put real pressure on the Farmer but an away draw at the Royal Oak means it’s all to play for going into the final week with only seven points separating the two. The Royal Oak’s draw with the Bridge sees them secure the fourth and final Knock-out position, leaving the Woodcutters and the Royal Oak with only pride to play for in the final round of fixtures.

 

In Group B, Club 8 B have also secured a top two finish to make it an excellent campaign for the two Club 8 sides. They enjoyed a week off but saw their twelve point lead maintained as second placed The Village Inn lost 9-3 away at the Bridge House B who move up to third place, ahead of the Newtown Pippin A who also took a week’s break. With games in hand on both The Village Inn and the Pippin, the Bridge House B now look favourites to sneak second spot following a steady accent up the table in recent weeks. The Newtown Pippin A meanwhile will be taking a keen interest in the Squirrel’s rearranged fixture with the Bridge House B knowing that they will likely find themselves in fifth going into the final round of fixtures, with the Squirrels’ 12-0 walkover against bottom placed Golden Farmer B putting them right in the mix. The race for the final Knock-out spot looks set to make it an exciting final round of fixtures.

 

In Group C, meanwhile The William Twigg A can sit back and enjoy their week off knowing that they have secured top spot in the Group by a comfortable distance. Second spot in the Group has also all but been decided as the Sun sit ahead of the
Newtown Pippin B on frame difference with a game in hand. The latter’s 7-5 victory over the Boot A this week not being enough for them to overhaul The Sun. Barring a disaster this week, the Sun will secure second spot when they travel to fourth placed Boot A who themselves are unable to catch the top three and will therefore occupy
the final Knock-out position.

 

Finally, In Group D, the top two positions have been decided but final placings remain very much up for grabs. The William Twigg’s crushing 12-0 demolition of bottom placed The Green Man has seen them open up an eleven point lead at the top but they will look on this week as The Molly Millar B host the Prince of Wales knowing that an 9-3 victory will be enough to see them top the Group. The Molly’s were the beneficiaries of a 12-0 walkover against fourth placed The Boot B this week limiting the damage of the William Twigg’s heavy win to their search for top spot. The Prince of Wales meanwhile will go into the final week knowing they have secured third spot with a 12-0 walkover against the William Twigg B having ended the latter’s hopes of overhauling the Prince but still securing a fourth placed finish and safe passage into the Knock-out Stages.

 

The BDPL Summer League entered Week 12 as the race for the Knock-out Stages heated up.

 

In Group A, Club 8 A reclaimed top spot as they secured an excellent 9-3 victory away at the previous Group Leaders, the Golden Farmer A, to dent the latter's hopes of a top two finish. Meanwhile, the Bridge House A also leapfrogged the Farmer into second place courtesy of a 10-2 thumping of the struggling Bull Inn. In the evening's other fixture, the Blue Lion looked to have secured fourth spot with a 7-5 victory over bottom of the Group The Royal Oak.

 

In Group B, it was top versus second as the Club 8 B entertained the Newtown Pippin A. a closely fought draw sees both sides retain their respective positions in what is proving to be the tightest of all the Groups. Meanwhile, the Village Inn's chances of a top two finish look over as they suffered a shock heavy 10-2 defeat at the hands of the Squirrels who move above the Village Inn into fourth spot courtesy of frame difference. The Bridge House B remain in third despite enjoying a week off and still harbour faint hopes of pipping the Pippin to second.

 

In Group C, it was once again a quiet evening with Group Winners elect the William Twigg A travelling to third placed Newtown Pippin B. A crushing 11-1 victory saw the Twigg all but confirm themselves as Group Winners and leaves the Pippin with considerable work to do if they are to overhaul The Sun in second. The Boot A meanwhile look almost certain to take the fourth and final spot in the Group.

 

Finally, in Group D, it's as you were at the top with both The William Twigg and Molly Millar B enjoying the week off, safe in the knowledge that they will occupy the top two positions, with only places to be decided over the final two weeks of the Group Stages. Of the teams that were in action, the Prince of Wales did their chances of clinching third spot no harm at all with a solid 8-4 victory over The Boot B which sees the latter slip to fifth, just behind the William Twigg B who crushed bottom of the Table The Green Man 10-2 to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Knock-out Stages.

The BDPL Summer League entered Week 11 and with it, the final few Group games before the Summer League enters the Knock-out Stages.

 

In Group A, Club 8 entertained the third placed Bridge House A and slipped to second despite a narrow 7-5 victory as the Golden Farmer A crushed the Royal Oak 10-2 to surge to the top of the Group. Meanwhile, bottom placed the Bull Inn moved above the Royal Oak courtesy of a 12-0 walkover against the Woodcutters who again failed to field a side for an away game.

 

In Group B, Club 8 B continue to sit comfortably on top of the Group and continued their march towards the Knock-out Stages with a straightforward 8-4 defeat of the Village Inn who still move above the Newtown Pippin A courtesy of the latter's week off. Meanwhile, the Bridge House B could yet challenge for the top spots as they
thumped bottom of the Table Golden Farmer B 9-3. With several games in hand, the Bridge will still fancy their chances of overhauling several of the teams above them in the closing stages.

 

Meanwhile, in Group C the recent withdrawal of the Molly Millar A ensured it was a quiet evening with only one match played. Top of the table William Twigg A crushed third placed Newtown Pippin B 10-2 to all but guarantee the former top spot in the Group and dent the latter's chances of securing second spot. With only four teams left in Group C, all will progress to the Knock-out Stages, with only final positions now to be determined.

 

Finally, in Group D top placed second as the William Twigg travelled to the Molly Millar B in a match that could prove pivotal in determining the final Group standings. It was the Molly Millar who came away happiest, with a narrow 7-5 victory ensuring a double over the Twigg and making them favourites for top spot. Meanwhile, as the Prince of Wales enjoyed the week off, the William Twigg B and Boot B shared the spoils to leave the fight for third and fourth spots in the Group still very much up for grabs.

 

The BPDL Summer League progressed into Week 10 of the Group Stages and saw competition intensify for places in the subsequent Knock-out Stages.

 

In Group A, Club 8 A maintained top spot as they saw off the fourth placed Blue Lion who in turn lost ground to third placed Bridge House A who claimed an 8-4 victory at the mid-table Woodcutters. Meanwhile, second placed Golden Farmer A kept the pressure on the Group leaders with a 7-5 defeat of the struggling Bull Inn. Bottom of the table The Royal Oak took the week off and saw the gap between them and the Bull Inn increase to eight points albeit the Oak have a game in hand.

 

In Group B, table toppers Club 8 enjoyed a break but saw their 8 point lead at the top maintained courtesy of a 12-0 walkover of second placed Newtown Pippin A by the Bridge House B, a result which propels the latter above the Squirrels B and with games in hand, well placed to challenge for the top two places. Meanwhile, in the other game in Group B, The Village Inn did their chances of a top two finish no harm at all at their 9-3 defeat of bottom of the table Golden Farmer B saw the Village leapfrog the Pippin A into second spot.

 

Group C, saw the unfortunate withdrawal of the Molly Millar A, and a further blow to a Group already the victim of a one withdrawal just before the first week of fixtures. All results relating to the Molly Millar A will be expunged and the Table updated to reflect this next week. As a result of the latest withdrawal, only one game was played, with the William Twigg A hosting the Sun as top played second. With a 6-6 draw seeing the spoils shared, its very much a case of as you were in Group C, with the Twigg sixteen points clear at the top and still with a game in hand. Top spot looks all but secured.

 

Finally, in Group D, the William Twigg continued their march towards the knockout stages with a resounding 10-2 defeat of third placed Prince of Wales seeing them retain top spot, thirteen points clear of the Molly Millar B. Their lead has been cut by two points though as the Millars were the beneficiaries of a 12-0 walkover against the William Twigg B who failed to make the short trip to Wokingham. With a game in hand, next week sees the Mollys host the table toppers in what could ultimately decide the final standings of the top two come the end of the Group Stage. With the Green Man and Boot B both enjoying the week off, it’s as you were at the foot of the Group, with The Boot B occupying the
final knock-out position and the Green Man propping up the other teams at the foot of the table.


As Summer finally arrived, the BDPL Summer League progressed to Week 9 of the Group Stages.

 

In Group A, Club 8 A clung onto top spot as they saw off the Royal Oak 8-4 to leave the latter rooted to the foot of the table. The Bridge House A took the week off and looked on as The Golden Farmer A snatched second spot courtesy of a 12-0 walkover against the Woodcutters. The result sees the 'Cutters slipp to fifth as the Blue Lion surge ahead of them courtesy of a strong 9-3 defeat of the Bull Inn who remain narrowly ahead of the bottomed placed Royal Oak.

 

Meanwhile, in Group B, Club 8 B took advantage of the Newtown Pippin B's week off to extend their lead at the top to a healthy 11 points courtesy of an 8-4 victory at The Village Inn which still sees the latter move to within a point of second place. Fourth placed Squirrels also took a break but clung onto the final knock-out position
as the Bridge House B's 9-3 defeat of rock bottom Farmer B was not quite enough to see them jump above the Squirrels. Having games in hand on all the teams above them though, the Bridge House may yet find themselves right in the mix come the end of the knock-out stages.

 

In Group C, there was again limited action as the Molly Millar A's fixture against the Boot A was postponed leaving the William Twigg A's home tie against the Newtown Pippin B as the only fixture of the week. The Twigg's crushing 10-2 victory strengthened their grip on top spot and dealt a blow to the Pippin's hopes of pipping The Sun to second place. The Boot and Molly Millar A are well adrift of the top three leaving them to contest the final knock-out place.

 

Finally, in Group D, the battle for top spot continued as victories for both the top two saw them put further daylight between themselves and third place. The Molly Millar B crushed the Green Man 11-1 whilst the William Twigg were again victorious in the second Twigg Derby of the season, running out 8-4 winners to retain top spot. The Mollys sit sixteen points back but will hope to use their game in hand to put a dent in the Twigg's lead. The Prince of Wales sit in third and will hope that the fourteen point gap between them and the fifth placed Twigg B will be enough to see them take one of the two remaining knock-out places. The Boot B will know there is
still work to do as they sit only seven points ahead of the Twigg B in fourth.

 

The BDPL Summer League moved into Week 8 and with it, the second half of the Group Stages.

 

In Group A, Club 8 A retained top spot despite enjoying the week off as previous Group Leaders, the Golden Farmer A were defeated 8-4 by the improving Bridge House A who increase their lead over the Farmer and have a game in hand. Further down the Group, the Blue Lion travelled to the Woodcutters and came away with an 8-4 victory which sees them leap frog the 'Cutters into the Final Knock-out position. In the battle of the two basement sides, the Bull Inn moved off the foot of the table courtesy of a strong 8-4 victory against the Royal Oak who now find themselves propping up the rest of the Group A Teams.

 

Meanwhile, in Group B, there was little change with Club 8 B and Newtown Pippin A retaining top and second spots despite a week off as the third placed Village Inn failed to capitalise, as they were held at home by an impressive Bridge House B performance. The draw however still sees the Bridge slip to the foot of the table as the Golden Farmer B pulled off an even more impressive result, dispatching the Squirrels 7-5 to leave the latter looking over their shoulder as they aim to retain the fourth Knock-out position.

 

In Group C, the William Twigg A strengthened their hold on top spot courtesy of a 12-0 walkover against the Molly Millar A. The second placed Sun meanwhile lost ground as they were beaten at home by the Newtown Pippin B who now look like giving the Sun a real run for second spot in the Group. Meanwhile, the Boot A took the week off and looked on as they lost further ground on the top three but still maintain the final knock-out position.

 

Finally, in Group D, the William Twigg took full advantage of second placed Molly Millar B's week off as they thrashed the Boot B to stretch their lead at the top. The Prince of Wales put their recent blip behind them as they thumped bottom placed Green Man 10-2 to reclaim third place in the Group. As the Mollys and Twigg battle it out for the top two places, the remaining two knock-out positions look like being hotly contested with all four of the remaining sides capable of staking a claim.

 

The BDPL Summer League continued into Week 5 and as the Group Stages near the half-way point, several teams are already looking strong candidates to progress to the Knock-out Stages.

 

In Group A, The Golden Farmer A continue to lead the way following a solid 8-4 win at home to strugglers The Royal Oak, a result which leaves the latter second bottom of the Group and some way back from the chasing pack. Meanwhile, the Farmer's closest rivals, Club 8 A and Bridge House A both saw the gap between themselves and the Farmer increase as they shared the spoils. In the Group's other match, The Woodcutters collected maximum points against the Group's bottom team, The Bull Inn, without even picking up a cue as they were the beneficiaries of a 12-0 walkover. The result leaves them hot on the heals of both Club 8 A and Bridge House A in fourth.

 

Group B was a quiet affair this week with only one fixture played as the Squirrels' fixture against Club 8 B was postponed and The Village Inn and Bridge House B both enjoyed the week off. The Golden Farmer B travelled to the Newtown Pippin A, hoping to move off the foot of the Group and despite a narrow 8-4 defeat they move 4 points clear of The Bridge House B, albeit the latter have games in hand but both are in danger of being cut adrift at the foot of Group B. The Pippin meanwhile move into third spot only four points adrift of top spot but having played one game more than the teams around them.

 

Meanwhile, Group C once again saw limited action with the William Twigg A hosting The Boot A in the Group's only fixture this week. The Twigg made the most of the chasing pack's week off, claiming an emphatic 11-1 victory to move eleven points clear at the top of the table and install themselves as hot favourites to reach the Knock-out Stages in the process. The Boot A remain one place off the foot of the table and both they and the Molly Millar A find themselves some way back of the chasing pack.

 

Group D saw the biggest shock of the week's fixtures, with the Molly Millar B claiming an excellent 7-5 victory at the William Twigg to end the latter's unbeaten start to the season. The result sees the Mollys maintain second place in the Group and sees the Twigg's lead at the top cut to 13 points with the teams below them having games in hand. In the other game played in Group D, the Boot B showed their quality with a crushing 11-1 defeat of the William Twigg B which sees the Boot climb to third in the table, only two points adrift of the Mollys and six points clear of the Prince of Wales in fourth.

 

The BDPL Summer League moved into Week 6 and saw big wins for several of the high flying teams.

 

In Group A, The Golden Farmer A continued their charge towards the Knock-out Stages with a solid 7-5 victory against the mid-table Blue Lion to maintain their place at the top of the Group. Meanwhile, Club 8 A were the beneficiaries of a 12-0 walkover against the Woodcutters, a result which sees Club 8 A hold onto second spot and sees the Woodcutters lose ground on the top three. In the Group's other game, the in form Bridge House A continued their recent run of fine form with a crushing 11-1 victory away at second bottom Royal Oak. The Bull Inn took the week off and remain rooted to the foot of the table, five points off The Royal Oak.

 

In Group B, and after a dreadful start to the season, the Newtown Pippin A appear to have hit top gear as they stormed to the top of the Group with a thumping 10-2 victory against the Squirrels who slip to fourth, their lowest position of the season so far. In the week's other game, Club 8 B moved clear of the Village Inn, who enjoyed another week off, into second place, but will have been disappointed to have claimed only a draw against the struggling Bridge House B. The result sees the Bridge move off the foot of the table to be replaced by the Golden Farmer B who also had the week off and find themselves three points adrift at the bottom and a considerable way back from the Squirrels in fourth.

 

In a typically quiet week in Group C, the high-flying Sun took full advantage of the William Twigg A's week off to regain top spot courtesy of a resounding 10 -2 defeat of the Boot A, leaving the latter second bottom and in danger of being cut adrift from the teams above. The only other fixture in the Group was won without a ball being struck as the Newtown Pippin B were the beneficiaries of a 12-0 walkover against the Molly Millar A which sees the former firmly entrenched in mid-table and the latter some way adrift at the foot of Group C.

 

Meanwhile, in Group D current leaders the William Twigg took a break and saw their lead at the top cut to just four points as second placed Molly Millar B battled to a 7-5 victory at the Prince of Wales, a result which sees the latter lose further round on the top three after a very promising start to the campaign. In the week's other fixture, the Boot B continued their recent run of fine form with a solid 8-4 defeat of the struggling Green Man to move to within a point of Molly Millar B. The result also sees the Green Man move off the foot of the table at the expense of the William Twigg B who are still searching for their first win of the season.

 

The BDPL Summer League continued into Week 4 and again threw up a few surprises across the Groups.

 

In Group A, The Golden Farmer A saw their 100% record ended as they suffered an 8-4 reverse at Club 8 A. The result sees the in--form Club 8 A cut the Farmer's lead at the top to just three points and strengthen their grip on second place. Meanwhile, the Bridge House A have surged into third place courtesy of a crushing 11-1 defeat of the Bull Inn which sees the latter slide to the foot of Group A. The Royal Oak's stuttering start to the season continued as they went down 9-3 to the Blue Lion, leaving the former one place above the bottom placed Bull Inn by virtue of frame difference only and sees the latter tucked nicely in fourth place, hot on the heals of Club 8 A and the Bridge House A.

 

In Group B, the Village Inn took the week off but hang on to top spot, despite being joined by Club 8 B whose home draw with The Squirrels sees them move level on points and frame difference with the Group B leaders. Meanwhile, the Newtown Pippin A finally got their season up and running with an 8-4 away defeat of The Golden Farmer B, a result which sees the Pippin climb above the Farmer and leaves the Bridge House B propping up the rest of Group B, albeit with games in hand.

 

In yet another quiet week in Group C, the Molly Millar A hosted The Sun in the Group's only game of the week. The Sun ran out comfortable 9-3 winners to move above The William Twigg A into top spot. The Molly Millar A meanwhile find themselves rooted to the foot of the table and sit four points adrift of The Boot A who have played a game less.

 

In Group D, current leaders, the William Twigg and second placed Molly Millar B took a break and both will be pleased to see the chasing pack fail to really take the chance to close the gap at the top. One Team who will be pleased though is the Boot B, who claimed an impressive point against The Prince of Wales. The result sees the latter sneak above the Molly Millar B into second place and sees the Boot get their season up and running. Meanwhile, it's as you were in mid-table as the Green Man shared the spoils with the William Twigg B to leave second - sixth places separated by only seven points. Second spot in Group D looks likely to be hotly
contested.

 

SUMMER LEAGUE SEASON - WEEK 3

 

Week 3 of the Summer League saw several teams cement their places at the top of their respective Groups and also threw up the odd surprise result along the way.

 

In Group A, The Golder Farmer A continued their excellent start to the season with a third straight victory, winning 9-3 against the Bull Inn who remain in mid-table. Meanwhile, Club 8 A also continued their strong start with an 8-4 win away at the Blue Lion to move into second place in the Group at the expense of the Woodcutters who suffered a surprise 7-5 reverse away at The Bridge House A, moving them off the foot of the table at the expense of the Royal Oak. 

 

In Group B, The Village Inn also continued their strong start to the season and remain at the top of the Group following a good draw away at the Squirrels. In the stand out result of the week, Club 8 B moved about the Squirrels into second spot with a shock 7-5 win against The Newtown Pippin A. The latter, Premier League Winners two seasons ago, now find themselves rooted to the foot of Group B. Bridge House B and Golden Farmer B remain above the Pippin by virtue of frame difference only but some way adrift of The Squirrels in third.

 

Meanwhile, in a week once again dominated by byes in Group C, the Newtown Pippin visited the Boot A in the only game in the Group. They came away happy having ground out a good draw which sees them move above The Sun into second place, albeit some eight points adrfit of The William Twigg A.

 

Finally, in Group D, The William Twigg maintained their 100% winning start to the season with a resounding 9-3 victory in the Twigg Derby to leave the latter comfortably mid-table. In the other Group D Match, the Molly Millar B took advantage of the Prince of Wales' week off to move above them into second place courtesy of a good 8-4 victory against the Green Man to leave the latter struggling only three points above the Boot B who prop up Group D, albeit with games in hand.

 

SUMMER LEAGUE SEASON - WEEK 2

 

Week 2 of the Summer League Season was dominated by narrow wins, with tight matches across the Groups.

 

In Group A, the Golden Farmer A continued their impressive start to the Season with a 7-5 away victory at second placed Woodcutters. Other results saw the Royal Oak fail to take advantage of the Woodcutters' dropped points as they lost out 8-4 at Club 8 A. Meanwhile, the Bull Inn and Blue Lion shared the spoils to leave both separated by just a point in mid-table.

 

In Group B, the Village Inn sit 10 points clear at the top of the Group having recorded a solid 7-5 win away at the struggling Golden Farmer B. In fact, that was the only game to be played in Group B this week with the match between the Newtown Pippin A and the Bridge House B being postponed. So it's as you were in Group B, with Club 8 B sitting second, despite having not yet picked up a cue and the Squirrels close behind in third. At the foot of the table, the Newtown Pippin A, one of the pre-season favourites, are yet to register a point. 

 

Meanwhile in Group C, The William Twigg A strengthened their place at the top of the Group with a hard fought victory away at the Sun, running out 7-5 winners. The withdrawal of The Cricketers last week meant that no other matches were played in Group C so The Sun move clear of the Newtown Pippin B.

 

Finally, Group D saw the most eye catching result of the week with the William Twigg putting last week's stuttering performance behind them to halt the Prince of Wales' fine start to the season with a thumping 11-1 away victory to establish an early 11 point lead at the top of the Group. The other Match in Group D proved a far tighter affair with the William Twigg B and Molly Millar B sharing the spoils to sit level in mid-table.

 

INAUGURAL SUMMER LEAGUE SEASON GETS UNDERWAY.

 

The Inaugural BDPL Summer League Season is underway with the first round of matches being played last Thursday 24th May. In Group A, The Woodcutters are the early pace setters having registered an 8-4 opening week win away at the Blue Lion. The Royal Oak and the Golden Farmer A also both registered wins and will be pleased with their respective starts. The Bull Inn, Bridge House A and the Blue Lion will all be hoping to bounce back this week.

 

Meanwhile, in Group B The Village Inn and Club 8 B find themselves sitting on top of the pile after the first round of fixtures thanks to two no shows by the Newtown Pippin A and Golden Farmer B respectively. The Pippin especially should know much better than this and irrespective of the hot weather and lure of the beer garden, we hope very much not to see this repeated. The Squirrels find themselves sitting nicely behind the leaders having been one of only two teams to actually play in Group B, registering a solid 7-5 win away at the Bridge House B.

 

In Group C, William Twigg A and The Boot A also find themselves on top having not picked up a cue, with both teams having also registered walkovers. As with the no-shows in Group B, much more was expected of Mollys A. In the only match actually played, The Sun and the Newtown Pippin B shared the spoils to sit level in third place. 

 

Group C Teams should note that due to unforeseen circumstances, The Cricketers have had to withdraw from the Summer League. Whilst they had the courtesy to let us know in good time, this is obviously unfortunate from a fixtures perspective and Group C Teams will unfortunately have to endure a few more byes in their Group. On the upside though, there is slightly less competition for the top four spaces.

 

Lastly in Group D, The Prince of Wales were the stand-out performers, registering an impressive 8-4 away victory at the Green Man to get their Summer campaign off to a flyer. Meanwhile, in he other Group D Match, the William Twigg got off to a slightly less impressive start, labouring to a closely fought 7-5 victory at home to
The Boot B and will be hoping for a vastly improved performance this week.

The BDPL Summer League reached Week 7 – the half-way point of the Group Stages, albeit the report of the Week’s action is bought to you somewhat later than planned due to some unforeseen technical difficulties.

 

In Group A, The Golden Farmer A took the week off and were promptly knocked off top spot and into third place as the Club 8 A and Bridge House A continued their recent fine form. Club 8 A saw off the struggling Bull Inn 7-5
whilst the Bridge A also recorded a 7-5 victory, at home to the
mid-table Blue Lion. In the week’s other result, the Woodcutters closed
the gap on the top three with a thumping 10-2 victory at home
to the Royal Oak to leave the latter hovering just above the foot of the
table, only two points ahead of the Bull Inn.

 

In Group B, Club 8 B continued their recent good run and nudged ahead of the Newtown Pippin A to take top spot in the Group for the first time this Season courtesy of a narrow 7-5 victory against bottomed placed Golden Farmer B. Despite being on the end of another reverse, the Farmer do move off the foot of the table, to be replaced by the Bridge House B whose match against the
Squirrels was postponed. In the week’s other fixture, the
Newtown Pippin A entertained the Village Inn and came away the happier
as a 7-5 victory saw them strengthen their hold on second place. The
Village Inn shouldn’t be too despondent though, as games in
hand means they are still very much in the hunt for one of the top two
places.

 

In Group C, it’s very much a case of as you were this week as the only fixture due to played, with the Sun due to host the Molly Millar A, was postponed. The Sun therefore still occupy top spot, with the William Twigg A, only a point behind
and with a game in hand. In third spot sit the Newtown Pippin A, some
way behind the top two but equally a considerable distance ahead of both
the Boot A and Molly Millar B.