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Peter & Dee Lindon and Derek & Celia Oram have reached the final of the 2016 Crockfords Cup beating 2 seeds on the way. Sadly Derek & Celia are unavailable for the final but their places will be taken by Tim Rees & Steve Eginton. We wish them Good Luck in the Final.
Well done to Carole & Herb Mueller, David Perkins & Phil Thornton on winning the Perkins Cup in the Teams event. Runners up were Ed Scerri, Dick Davey, Richard Hillman & Richard Bowdery with Heather & Matthew Tan, David Patterson & Brian Geary in 3rd place. 11 teams competed. This was the last event of the current "season". Enjoy the "summer" - see you all in October.
Congratulations to Steve Lynch & Paul Dolphin - joint winners of the John Pares Cup in the 2015-16 Victor Ludorum competition. This is awarded to the player(s) who achieve the greatest success in the County's qualifying events over the course of a season. The result, however, had to wait for the outcome of the Teams event. Dick Davey could have overtaken Steve & Paul and retained the Cup had his team come 1st instead of 2nd in the Teams - so Dick ended in 3rd place in the VL.
The Reading A team - winners of the B&B League of Eight - have gone on to win the Final of the Garden Cities Trophy (the EBU's inter-county teams of eight competition). Reading’s impressive winning score of 114 VP was the second highest score, and the winning margin over 2nd placed Cambridge on 99 VP was third largest margin of victory, both since 1990 – the point at which the competition switched from four teams to eight in the final. Well done to James Bond, Pat Dowdeswell, Mike Perkins, Ian Reissmann, Tim Rees, Chris Cooper, Jonny Richards and Jim Chapman. The final took place on 25th June, and featured eight teams which had won their county championships and then progressed from the qualifying round which had been played in May. Click for results.
Graduate League: Seven teams, the same as last year, took part and, in a close finish, Jane Morris’ DOMPF team (Jan Przybys, Pamela King, Jane Morris & Peter Duncan - in photo L-R) defeated the defending champions David Genders' Grand Slam – it all depended on one slam hand in their head-to-head match! Both of these teams are expecting to join two teams from the 2014/5 Graduate League in Division 4 of the Brown Cup next year, so fulfilling one of the objectives when the Graduate League was founded 4 years ago.
Student League: Six teams, one more than last year, from three different bridge classes, took part and the winners were Hilary Rouse’s Not Vulnerable team (Mark Taylor, David King, Hilary Rouse, Caroline Hunt in photo L-R, plus Andy Graham & Val Karruck) taught by Rob Wilkinson at the Bridge School at Gerrards Cross.
End-of-Season Event: At the end of the season, the two leagues get together for a celebration pairs match. This was won by Anne Byles & Barbara Gibbs,and joint runners-up were Bill Astles & Mark Bannister and Peter Duncan & Pamela King.
The Swiss Pairs played on the first day of the B&B Green Point Weekend attracted an entry of 110 pairs. Overall winners - winning all 7 of their matches - and receiving the Anders Wallen Trophy were Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne. Runners-up were Graham Davison & James Bond with Peter Breakell & David Wing in 3rd place. The 4th place was tied between David Patterson & Brian Geary and Mark Hooper & Deborah Berwitz. Congratulations to all.
The second day of the B&B Green Point Weekend saw 42 teams competing in the Swiss Teams event. The winning team - receiving the Richard Palmer Memorial Trophy - were Frances Hinden & Graham Osborne (following up on their Pairs success) playing with Jeffrey Allerton & Phil Wood. Runners-up were David Owen & Mary Hughes with Nigel Marlow & David Beever, and in 3rd place Kieren Dyke & Dinah Caplan with Stuart Haring & Jonny Sharp. Well done to all.
And a big thank you to Pat Dowdeswell for organising the weekend.
Well Done to Sally Brock & Barry Myers (with Phil King & Rob Sheehan) on winning the Final of the Hubert Phillips Bowl. And, as we reported earlier, congratulations to Dee & Peter Lindon with Celia & Derek Oram on winning the Final of the Hubert Phillips Plate. The complete set!
And a further Well Done to Sally & Barry on being part of the winning England team in the Teltscher Trophy.
Congratulation to Sue & David Hands on winning the Friendly Pairs Finchampstead Plate. Close runners-up were Liz Pratt & Ian Faithfull, with Heather Perry & Addis Page in 3rd place and Chantal & Paul Dolphin 4th. Well done.
Congratulations to the following teams on winning their Divisions in the B&B League of 8:
Div 1 Reading A; Div 2 Slough A; Div 3 Maidenhead A; Div 4 Chalfont B
Well done all.
As reported below, the overall winners of the League, the Reading A team - represent Berks & Bucks in the Regional Final of the Garden Cities Trophy held on 7th May, and qualified to play in the National Final. We wish them Good Luck.
The 2015-16 County League of Four (Brown Cup) competition is now complete. Congratulations to the members of the winning team in each Division who are listed below:
Division 1 & Winners of the Brown Cup: Richard Bowdery (captain), Dick Davey, Gary Jones, Steve Root & Ed Scerri
Division 2: Steve Lynch (captain), Paul Dolphin, Colin Johns & Rob Wilkinson
Division 3: Patricia Hamiliton-Brown (captain), David Beever, Graham & Sue Dickens
Division 4: Madeleine Harrison (captain), Barbara Buxton, Richard Chantler, John Henderson, Nadine Teuton & Mike Timms
The B&B League of Four is played in divisions and therefore caters for ALL abilities. Information about this competition for 2016 – 2017 will be available shortly. Anyone wanting further information should contact the League Secretary: email@example.com or 01494 815294
In the annual Berks v Bucks "Teams-of-16" match, Bucks were winners of the A-Team match (by 40 IMPs), but Berks won the B-Team Match (by 74 IMPs) and the C-Team match (by 50 IMPs). Berks thus had an overall 2-1 win to regain the Phil Thornton Shield - seen here held by Berks captains Dave Green (B/C teams) and Jim Chapman (A team).
Click for Match Scores and Summaries.
(For Cross-IMP Rankings, Scorecards, Travellers & Hands - see Results column to Right.)
The Garden Cities Trophy is an annual competition between the winners of each county's League of Eight. 33 teams played in 4 Regional Finals on 7th May. Reading were 2nd in their heat and therefore qualify to compete in the National Final which will be held on 25th June. Well done to James Bond, John Greenhalgh, Chris Cooper, James Chapman, Tim Rees, John Howard, Mike Perkins and Ian Reissmann. Good Luck in the Final.
A total of 350 pairs had competed in heats held in 23 clubs throughout Berks & Bucks, and 63 pairs qualified and played in the Final held on 8th May. Winners of the Waller Bowl were Mike Foister & Alan Scott of Maidenhead BC and the runners up were Paul Dolphin & Steve Lynch of Bourne End BC. Next placed were Nigel Marlow & Nigel Lancaster (Burnham), Rob Wilkinson & Colin Johns (Lane End) and Brenda Wileman & Clive Lattimer (Maidenhead) in 3rd, 4th and 5th places respectively. The 1st and 2nd Session prizes respectively went to Gill Weeks & Liz Madeley (Newbury) and Liz Pratt & John Pendered (Lane End). Congratulations to all of the winners.
Well done Ladies! More Ladies pairs (13) than Men's pairs (12). That's a first!
Congratulations to Rita Evans & Paula Hopkinson on winning the Chairman's Cup in the Ladies' Pairs and to Dick Davey & Nigel Wolfendale on winning the Reg Capewell Cup in the Men's Pairs. (All four R-to-L in the photo.) And well done to the runner-up pairs Bridget Hughes & Hilda Hope and James Bond & David Barnes jointly with Stephen Gore & Stan Harding.
Well done to Roger Donato & Mike O'Neill and to David Perkins & Carole Mueller on coming 10th and 12th respectively in the Final of the 2016 National Pairs.
Congratulations to Peter Hawkes, Tim Rees, John Howard, Mike Perkins & Ian Reissmann on winning the 2015-16 County Teams Knock-out Championship (the Crowhurst Quaich), and commiserations to the runners-up team Bob Holder, David Beever, Callum McKail & Nigel Wolfendale. Peter Hawkes' team will be invited to represent the County in the Pachabo Cup (the EBU's inter-counties teams of four competition).
David Owen & Charles Chisnell were the winners of the Directors Cup in the Senior Pairs event in which 30 pairs competed. Runners-up were Colin & Juliana Simpson with Bruce Franklin & Jennie Corfield in 3rd place. The "Veterans" prize was won by Ed Brennan & Charles King-Farlow. Well done to all.
Well done to Eleanor Rice & Stuart Strachan (Newbury) and Steve Barrow & Martin Osborn (Finchampstead) 14th and 23rd respectively out of 843 pairs in the Tuesday heat, and to Rob Wilkinson & Colin Johns (Chalfont) 17th out of 977 pairs in the Wednesday heat.
The Committee would like to thank those members who responded to the recent online survey regarding the AGM and the suggestion of a "Berks & Bucks Day". The response was disappointing, and as the planning of next year's programme was well advanced, we are not incorporating a B&B Day into that calendar. We have, however, moved the AGM to an event which we hope will attract a larger attendance.
Congratulations to Rob Wilkinson, Colin Johns, Paul Dolphin & Steve Lynch (Bourne End) on winning the Committee Cup - by a significant margin. Runners-up were Barry Read, Paul Cockayne, Plilip Steward & Derek Johnson (Ascot) with John Crook, Norma Allen, James Roy & Marion Fleming (Loddon Vale) in 3rd place and also winning the 1st Session prize. The 2nd Session prize was won by Paula Hopkinson, Brian Geary, Hugh Thomson & Mike Webley (Thame). 95 teams had competed in the heats played in 12 clubs across the counties, and 22 won through to play in this final. Well done all.
The heats for the National Pairs were held at several locations on Sunday 13th March. 244 pairs competed and several B&B players are among the top 50 players who qualify for the Final. These include Mike Wenble (top in the Solihull heat with Aleksandar Lishkov (Oxon) - 12th overall), Heather & Matthew Tan (20th overall), and Roger Donato & Mike O'Neill (49th overall). Well Done and Good Luck for the Final on 16-17th April.
Well done to Marilyn Murtagh & John Coleman on winning the Mixed Pairs Cup and to the runners-up Rita Evans & Mike Miller. And to Patricia & Richard Chantler in third place and winners of the BBL Cup for the highest placed married couple. 23 pairs competed.
Well done to Paul Dolphin & Steve Lynch on winning the Rex Avery Trophy in the Final of the County Pairs Championship. And to runners-up Ed Scerri & Dick Davey. In the Plate competition, the top ranked pair were Tara & Stan Harding - but as they had entered as a "Direct Entry", the Chris Burley Trophy went to the runner-up pair Joyce Baldock & Tony Parkinson. Well done to both pairs.
The Final of the Tollemach Cup was held in West Bromwich over 13-14 Feb, with Berks & Bucks team comprising - Barry Myers, Sally Brock, Ed Scerri, Gary Jones, Tim Rees, John Howard, Andrew Murphy & Richard Bowdery and Captain Dick Davey.
Session 1: The team lost their first match to London 4-16 mainly due to a thin slam bid and made by both London pairs with one of our pairs going down and the other not bidding it. They bounced back in the second match against Middlesex (the holders) winning 16-4 (15-5 after appeal) so lay mid-table after the first session. Unfortunately, Sally has had to pull out due to a family illness, so Dick steps in to partner Barry.
Session 2: 2 close matches. Lost 11-9 to Manchester, but then won 11-9 against Worcestershire. So overnight score is 39 VPs, one below average.
Session 3: Started with a 16-4 win against Yorkshire, moving the team up to 4th, but then lost the final 2 matches 4-16 to Kent and 1-19 to Surrey. So a disappointing finish in sixth place.
Colin Simpson was a member of the winning team in the Senior Trials and will now represent England in the European Championships to be held in Budapest in June. Well Done & Good Luck.
24 pairs played in the Friendly Swiss Pairs event. Winners of the Pat Husband Trophy (by an impressive margin) were Jane Morris & Nigel Thompson. (Jane plays in the Graduate League which is run by Nigel. This was the first time they had played together.) Second place was closely contested up to the final round, at which stage Liz Hayton & Addis Page claimed the place, with Pat & Richard Chantler in 3rd place. Well done to all.
Good results by B&B players in the recent British Winter Simultaneous Pairs. Wed 6th Jan: Richard Holt & Gill Ray (Chalfont) 10th out of 889 pairs. Thurs 7th Jan: Jennie Griffiths & Joyce Baldock (Reading) 10th out of 504 pairs. Well done.
Well done to Nigel Marlow & Steve Gore, Ed Scerri & Dick Davey and Joan Murphy & Bob Holder on taking the top 3 places respectively in the Qualifying Heat of the County Pairs Championship played on 10th January. 36 pairs competed.
The County Pairs Final and the County Pairs Plate competitions will be held at Windsor on Sunday 21st February starting at 1:30pm. Click the header of this item for list of qualifiers for the Final & Plate (or click on the Final & Plate event on the right).
Any qualified pairs who are unable to play in the Final or Plate should click on >> this link << as soon as possible.
Berks & Bucks members featured in the London Year-End Congress held over 28-30 December. The best B&B result was Heather & Matthew Tan (playing with A Aleksandrzak & M Pilecki) coming 6th in the Swiss Teams. Other highest placings of all B&B pairs were Ed Scerri & Steve Eginton who were 14th in the Swiss Pairs, Eva Wallen & David Beever who were 23rd in the Mixed Pairs (which was won by Celia & Derek Oram) In the Really Easy Pairs the highest placed B&B player was David Taylor (playing with Laraine Stokes) in 6th place, with Chantal Dolphin & Sue Johns the best all-B&B pair in 13th place.
Well done to Heather & Matthew Tan and Celia & Derek Oram on winning the Carole Mueller Trophy. Ten teams competed in the event, which was played as Multiple rather than Swiss Teams. Carole & Herb Mueller with David Perkins & Phil Thornton were the runners-up, with Joan Murphy & Bob Holder with Ed Scerri & Dick Davey in 3rd place. Well done. Being the last event before Christmas, wine at the interval and wine and spirits for the winners made for a very enjoyable afternoon!
Congratulations to Avril Catto & Keith Goswell on winning the Tony Boothroyd Plate in the Friendly Pairs played on 22nd November. Runners-up were Sue Lowe & Dale Thomas, with a tie for 3rd place between Elaine Lloyd & Liz Clark and Pat & Richard Chantler - well done all.
Reports from the Captain:
Saturday: After a moderate start on Saturday afternoon in the 6 half-matches (scoring 55 out of 120), the team had an excellent evening session beating Northants 19-1 and Cambridge & Hunts 16-4, giving them 90 overnight.
Sunday: Success - The team qualified comfortably in second spot with 100 VPs. Today they completed the matches against 6 teams beating Essex 18-2, Herefordshire 14-6, Warwickshire 14-6 drawing with Derbyshire 10-10 and losing to Surrey 6-14 and Sussex 3-17. An excellent result in what was a tough group. Congratulations to Barry Myers, Sally Brock, Ed Scerri, Gary Jones, Tim Rees, John Howard, Andrew Murphy & Richard Bowdery and NPC Dick Davey.
Well done Tara & Stan Harding - clear winners of the Jarrett Cup in the Butler Pairs event held on 8th November. Runners-up were Nigel Wolfendale & Dick Davey, with Liz Hayton & Angela Flintoft in 3rd place. 19 pairs took part.
Congratulations to Colin Simpson on being in the winning team of the First Division of the EBU Premier League (together with David Mossop, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett, Alex Hydes & David Price).
Well done to Kevin Elstow & Chris Mooney who, with Rob Lawy & Trevor Ward (both Avon), won their way through to the final round of the Gerard Faulkner Salver competition (the Seniors Knockout Competition) which took place on 31st October, but were beaten by Derek Oram, Celia Oram, Alan Kay (all Herts) & Jeremy Dhondy (Hants & IOW) who retained the title.
Berks & Bucks players featured well in the EBU Autumn Congress held at Peterborough. Dee & Peter Lindon with Celia & Derek Oram were 6th in the main teams final (Eastbourne Bowl). In the secondary final (Burlington Cup), Heather & Matthew Tan with Brian Geary & David Patterson were 4th, and James Bond, Anne & Graham Lucy with Graham Marshall were 9th in the consolation teams (Sussex Cup). James Bond and Graham Marshall also won through to the final of the Swiss Pairs, with Nigel Marlow & Stephen Gore 4th in the satellite pairs event.
Congratulations to Mike O'Neill & Roger Donato on winning the first B&B event of the 2015-16 season - the Swiss Pairs for the Denys Jenkins Cup. Runners up were Dee & Peter Lindon - just beating Paul Dolphin & Steve Lynch into 3rd place. 34 pairs competed - a good turn-out which we hope to see repeated at other events throughout the season. Well done all.
Highest placed B&B players:
Monday: Chris Moir & Richard Donnelly (Austenwood) 43rd out of 925
Tuesday: Mary Hughes & David Owen (Ascot) 3rd out of 743
Wednesday: David Jukes & Les Ellis (Lane End) 1st out of 352
Chrys Poole & Steve Lee (Lane End) 4th out of 352
Thursday: Gill Smith & Christine Cook (Reading) 36th out of 372