Lancaster Bridge Club
Teams Details 2012-2013
The club has three teams in the Fylde and District League.
The "A" team plays in Division 1 and is captained by Colin Mitchell
The "B" team plays in Division 2 and is captained by Steve Raine
The "C" team plays in Division 4 and is captained by Joyce Snellgrove

Please let any of them know if you are interested in playing for any of the teams.
A Team News - Match against Southport A
A high scoring match with a lot of swingy boards ( 6 out of 24 in the slam area.) Unfortunately the opposition, one of the strongest teams in the area, got more right than we did and the result was a 15 - 5 defeat.
 
Team was:
Colin Mitchell & Howard Weale
Jackie Pye & Jeff Smith

Alex Wilkinson & Paul Fernhead
Mike Cox & Steve Raine
Match against Blackburn B
This was a disappointing 13-7 defeat against a team strengthened by the inclusion of a couple of pairs from the Blackburn A team. We didn't get the rub of the green - opposition bid a slam when we had a cashing ace and king. Unfortunately they were in the hand that was not on lead. A couple of other unlucky boards plus some "unlucky" views led to defeat.
 
Team was:
 
Colin Mitchell & Paul Fernhead
Jackie Pye & Jeff Smith
Sally-Ann & Mike Rothwell
Rose Parker & Alan Paylor
Match against Lytham A
On 8 Nov, the team lost 12-8 to Lytham A
Match against Preston B 15th January

A hard fought match against a steady team saw Lancaster come out on top 13 - 7. After three defeats this was a welcome first victory.

Team was: 


Colin Mitchell & Mike Cox

Jackie Pye & Jeff Smith

Alex Wilkinson & Paul Fernhead

Liam Aspden & Steve Raine

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Match v Blackburn A 19th February

A much rearranged fixture was finally played in February. We managed a very creditable 14 - 6 victory, thanks in no small part to the staunch efforts of 3 players who normally turn out for the B team - Audrey Ellis, Sue Winder & Alan Paylor.

Team was:

Colin Mitchell & Alan Paylor

Audrey Ellis & Sue Winder

Alex Wilkinson & Paul Fernhead

Jackie Pye & Jeff Smith

Division 1 Match dates and League Table








Division 1 P W D L Pts
Southport A
27-Sep
Home
PRESTON A 6 5 0 1 89
Blackburn B
05-Oct
Away
SOUTHPORT A 6 6 0 0 84
Lytham A
15-Nov
Home
BLACKBURN A 6 3 0 3 63
Blackburn A
18-Dec
Home
BLACKBURN B 6 2 0 4 52
Preston B
15-Jan
Home
LANCASTER A 6 2 0 4 51
Preston A

20-Mar
Away

LYTHAM A 6 2 0 4 43






PRESTON B 6 1 0 5 38





























































































B Team News
I am pleased to report that Lancaster B Team won their opening Division 2 fixture at Clifton A on Friday 21st September 2012. The match was very even throughout, with Clifton leading by just 1 IMP after 12 boards. Lancaster then won the second half by 10 IMP, resulting in a win by just 9 IMP, which translates to an 11-9 result.

It will be a surprise to everybody that it was my first match ever as captain (other than as a deputy) of any league team, despite my many years of playing. Selection was made awkward due to several experienced players not being available, and the fact that two inexperienced pairs stood up to the plate, and accounted very well for themselves, only adds to my pride at this result. Thank you Jean, Tony, Richard and Don.

The full team was:-

Steve Raine & Liam Aspden

Colin Mitchell & Mike Cox

Jean Higham & Tony Saville

Richard Willey & Don McGowan

 

Steve Raine (Captain)

Match against Southport B 26 October 2012
A rather disappointing match in terms of excitement, with lots of part score hands and only one slam bid and made during the whole evening. As a matter of interest, the cards were dealt by an identical machine to ours! The Southport team had played in the 1st Division last year, and fielded quite an experienced lineup, so I was therefore reasonably content with a narrow 8-12 defeat. Thanks to Geoff Ellis and Joyce Snellgrove who came in as late replacements.
The full team was:
Steve Raine & Liam Aspden
Sue Winder & David Lowe
Audrey Ellis & Geoff Ellis

Jean Higham & Joyce Snellgrove

Steve Raine (captain)
Match against Great Harwood
Lancaster B were hosts to Great Harwood on Thursday 22nd November 2012 in Division 2. A sound performance resulted in a 16-4 victory,

Team members were:

Steve Raine & Liam Aspden
Alan Paylor & Rosť Parker
Mike Cox & Sandra Bell
Sue Winder & Audrey Ellis

Steve Raine (Captain)

I am delighted to report that Lancaster B had a fine 17-3 victory over Brierfield on Tuesday 4th December 2012. This gives us 3 wins and 1 narrow defeat in our first 4 games and puts us top of Division 2 for the time being. There are still other team results to come in for December, but we are well and truly in the mix for promotion with 3 tough matches to come. Well done team for performances so far!

The team members were:

Steve Raine & Liam Aspden
Sue Winder & David Lowe
Jean Higham & Tony Saville
Richard Willey & Don McGowan

Steve Raine (Captain)

 
Match against Bolton A
An enjoyable match against th league leaders Bolton A, played in a very good spirit. We had a disappointing first half, and trailed by 42 imps. A much more robust second half, which we only lost by 4 imps, resulted in a 15-5 defeat. Special thanks go to Colin Barton and Chris Chippendale, who performed well on their first outing for the club.

The full team was:
Steve Raine & Liam Aspden
Joyce Snellgrove & Jean Higham

Sue Winder & Audrey Ellis
Colin Barton & Chris Chippendale

Steve Raine (Captain)
Match against Poulton B 19th February
Lancaster B hosted Poulton B on Tuesday 19th February. Both teams experienced widely varying levels of success among their ranks, but Lancaster prevailed in both halves to win by 26 imps overall. This translated into a very pleasing 13-7 win, which lifts us to 3rd position with one match to play.Special thanks to John Bristow and Barbara Bruce who were making their first appearance this season.
The full team was:
Steve Raine & Liam Aspden
David Lowe & Barbara Bruce
Tony Saville & John Bristow
Jean Higham & Richard Willey

Steve Raine (Captain)
Match against Poulton A

Earlier results from other matches meant that we could not be promoted (or relegated), but the outcome of our final match could see us finishing 3rd, 4th or 5th out of the eight teams in Division 2.
As we arrived at Poulton, I immediately noticed that they were fielding probably their strongest team (I played with several of them some years ago in Division 1, but normally only as a reserve). Their pairs were playing systems which were more likely to be seen in Division 1 or in larger competitions, and we occasionally found difficulty counteracting these. To be fair, their two stronger pairs played very well against us, with their other pairs about even. We lost both halves to record a disappointing 17-3 loss.

The team was:-

Steve Raine & Liam Aspden
David Lowe & Barbara Bruce
Sue Winder & Audrey Ellis
Harry Smith & Dorothy Smith


This meant we finished 5th, but well clear of the 3 lower teams. Winning 4 matches and losing 3 was a satisfactory performance for the season. Thank you to all who participated.

Steve Raine (Team Captain)

Division 2 Match Dates and League Table






Division 2 P W D L Pts
Clifton A
21-Sep
Away
BOLTON A 7 7 0 0 100
Southport B
26-Oct
Away
SOUTHPORT B 7 6 0 1 92
Great Harwood
22-Nov
Home
POULTON A 7 4 1 2 82
Brierfield
04-Dec
Home
POULTON B 7 2 1 2 76
Bolton A
11-Jan
Away
LANCASTER B 7 4 0 3 73
Poulton B
19-Feb
Home
BRIERFIELD 7 3 0 4 58
Poulton A
27-Mar
Away
GREAT HARWOOD 7 1 0 6 48






CLIFTON A 7 0 0 7 26
C Team News

The club C Team got off to a good start with a win in their first match against Bolton "C" on Thursday 13th September.


Lancaster won 14 - 6


The team was:

Joyce Snellgrove and Lawrence Bland
Stan Hayes and Mike Speed
Margaret and Michael Nolan
Jean Higham and Richard Willey

Another good win for C team

The club C Team had another good win on 19 October
Lancaster won 16 - 4


The team was:

Joyce Snellgrove and Lawrence Bland
Stan Hayes and Mike Speed
Audrey Ellis and Sue Winder
Margaret and Michael Nolan

3 in a row for C Team
A third win for the C team on 8 November against Preston D.
Lancaster won 14-6

The team was:
Dorothy and Harry Smith
Margaret and Michael Nolan
Janie and Richard Kirkman
Barbara Douglas and Joyce Snellgrove

But a first defeat 7-13 against Clifton B on 6th December.
The team was:
Joyce Snellgrove& Lawrence Bland
Elizabeth Huckerby & Stephen Lamley
Margaret & Michael Nolan
Dorothy & Harry Smith
Match against Chorley B
Another good win, this time against Chorley B 15-5, leaves Lancaster C at the top of the division (though they have played more matches than their 2 nearest rivals) A good result in their last match in March would give them a strong chance of promotion.

The team was:

Joyce Snellgrove & Lawrence Bland
Dorothy & Harry Smith
Margaret & Michael Nolan
Stan Hayes & Mike Speed

Match against Blackburn D

The C team had a good final win of 17-3 away against Blackburn D.

Mainly competitive part scores but interesting all the same. We were +38 in the first half and gained another +26 in the second half giving us +64 IMPS overall. Both sets of 4 had plus scores.

We now have an excellent chance of promotion back to Division 3.

 

Well done to all the team:    

Janie and Richard Kirkman

  Margaret and Michael Nolan

  Mike Speed and Stan Hayes

                              Lawrence Bland and Joyce Snellgrove(Capt).

Division 4 Fixtures and League Table






Division 4 P W D L Pts
Bolton C
13-Sep
Home
BOLTON C 6 5 0 1 84
Clifton C
19-Oct
Away
LANCASTER C 6 5 0 1 83
Preston D
08-Nov
Home
CLIFTON B 6 4 0 2 75
Clifton B
06-Dec
Home
BLACKBURN D 6 3 0 3 51
Chorley B
22-Jan
Home
CHORLEY B 6 1 1 4 45
Blackburn D
01-Mar
Away
PRESTON D 6 1 1 4 44






CLIFTON C 6 1 0 5 38