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Midland Counties League

The fourth Midland Counties match was on 9th December 2018. We played Warwickshire (Home) and the results were :

First team (Dawes)   Won 20-0 (+219 imps)
Second team (Porter)   Lost 6-14 (-70 imps)
Third team (Markham)   Lost 9-11 (-18 imps)

Well done to the Dawes team with another emphatic victory. More detailed scores can be found through the results section. For fixtures, results, table and archive information refer to the Midland Counties League Link to Midland Counties League page page (in Competitions / League menu). 

Joseph Bowl and Butterworth-Langley

Twelve teams entered this year and competed in two sections of six teams, with each team playing five 5 board matches. The top four teams in each section went through to the Joseph Bowl quater-final knock-out stage and the other four teams are in the Butterworth Langley semi-final knock-out stage.

Joseph Bowl results and drawLink to Joseph Bowl draw

Butterworth-Langley Trophy results and drawLink to plate draw

Leicestershire Cup and Leicestershire Cup Plate

The results and draws are as follows (updated 6th December):

Leicestershire Cup results and drawLink to Leicestershire Cup draw

Leicestershire Cup Plate results and drawLink to plate draw

EBU Shareholders Meeting 28th November 2018

The next EBU Shareholders Meeting (AGM) is on 28th November 2018. In the EBU Business sectionLink to EBU meetings and minutes you will find all the documents and minutes that will be discussed. If you have any questions that you want our delegates to take to the meeting then please Contact Us.

The papers on EBU Membership are well worth reading and bring to our attention the fact that the age data is a huge concern. 75% of the EBU membership is now 65+ and only 11% of the membership is under 55.

Tollemache Qualifier 2018/2019

The Tollemache Cup qualifier 2018 was held at the Staverton Estate Hotel, Daventry on 17/18th November. The Leicestershire team was Jim Mason & Simon Stokes, Duncan Happer & Ben Norton, Colin Dean & Nick Stevens, and Rick Wilde with Dick Pathan / Kit Kitson. Leicestershire finished a creditable and close third (77 VPs) in group B behind qualifiers Cambs & Hunts and Oxfordshire (both 80 VPs). A well done to the team who were in contention for most of the event, but a loss against Yorkshire and an average result against three teams on the final day meant we just missed out.

The results were vs Cambs & Hunts lost 7-13 VPs, vs East Wales won 19-1, vs North East won 14-6, vs Yorks lost 5-15, vs Oxford drew 10-10, vs Warks won 11-9 VPs, vs Staffs & Shrops won 12-8. 

Tollemache Group B table.Link to Group B table

Tollemache results.Link to Tollemache results

EBU seniors congress
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Congratulations to Alison Nichols and Simon Stokes who won the B final of the EBU Seniors Congress held in Gloucester
resultsLink to Seniors Congress result
articleLink to EBU article

LCBA Privacy Statement

The LCBA have produced a Privacy StatementLink to LCBA Privacy Statement to comply with GDPR regulations.

Otto & Edith Bowl

Congratulations to Alan and Linda Lord who won the Otto & Edith Bowl, our mixed pairs event, on 10th October 2018. The top four pairs were

  1. Alan and Linda Lord 61.64%
  2. Brian and Sheila Stockdale 58.99%
  3. Jenny Grant and Bharat Thakrar 57.94%
  4. Dick and Lucy Pathan 57.41%

The non-expert prize winners were Martin Stone and Joanna Tuppen.

Paul Bowyer Seminars 2018

A big thank you to Paul Bowyer for an inspiring series of seminars on defense. He has kindly let us to post the hands that he guided us through. Enjoy.

Seminar 4 : 4th September 20184th September hands 1 to 16

Seminar 3 : 28th August 201828th August hands 1 to 16

Seminar 2 : 7th August 20187th August hands 1 to 16

Seminar 1 : 31st July 201831st July

Welcome to Bagworth Whistlestop Bridge Club

A new bridge club set up by Shelagh Rumbelow and Carol, Bagworth Whistlestop Bridge Club, is playing informal duplicate bridge on Thursday afternoons.  They have aspirations of affiliating to the EBU when the club becomes established, and we wish them every success. Further details are available in the Clubs and Venues section.

AGM photo gallery 2018

The LCBA Annual General Meeting photo galleryLink to AGM photos is now available. Guest of Honour was our long serving treasurer Henry Cooklin. When the gallery is loaded click play to go through the slideshow.

Ken Forsyth 1946-2018

It is with great sadness that the LCBA has to announce the death of Ken Forsyth at the age of 72. Paul Bowyer and Simon Stokes pay tribute to Ken in their obituariesLink to Ken Forsyth obituaries.

Leicestershire Pairs League

The Leicestershire Pairs League 2017-2018 has been completed after 5 rounds of matches. There were 26 pairs competing in divisions of 8. 10 and 8. Congratulations to the divisional winners.

LPL winners

  • Division 1 Ian Bruce & Mick Mahoney
  • Division 2 Lyn Hilton & Irene Krantz
  • Division 3 Beryl Allen & Richard Tyler

Final tables can be found in the results section (round 5). 

Joyce Cup

The Joyce Cup is a pivot teams of four imp-scoring competition (each player plays boards with each teammate) and this year 10 teams competed. The top three teams were: 

  1. Ian Bruce, Alison Nichols, Ben Norton and Simon Stokes +95 imps
  2. Paul and Sue Bowyer, Jim Mason and Rick Wilde + 43 imps
  3. Angela Abbott, Ben & Joan Gibson and James Spencer +28 imps
Hyman Crammer

The Hyman Crammer is an invitational event where clubs are invited to but forward pairs for the competition, usually winners of clubs pairs competitions. 19 pairs played 9 three board rounds in a closely contested event. The top three pairs were: 

  1. Tim Glover & Steve Wright (Glenfield Bridge Club - Buildrite Club Championship winners) 58.66%
  2. Ian Bruce & Tony Kitson  (Clarendon) 57.35%
  3. Alison Nicholls & Peter Nuttall (County Bridge Club) 56.31%
Buckby Cup and Olga Cup

Congratulations to Duncan Happer & Jim Mason and Irene Krantz & Linda Stone who won the Buckby Cup (mens pairs) and Olga Cup (ladies pairs) respectively. The top three pairs in each of the two competitions were:

Buckby Cup

  1. Duncan Happer & Jim Mason 65.77%
  2. Ian Bruce & Simon Stokes 62.47%
  3. Tim Glover & Peter Neville 56.74%

Olga Cup

  1. Irene Krantz & Linda Stone 56.94%
  2. Pauline Dignan & Gail Tillen 56.25%
  3. Susan Bowyer & Joan Gibson 55.56%
LCBA League - Final rankings

The final round has been played and all the main issues settled (with the caveat that promotions and relegations are subject to the league structure next year). Full tables are available in the top right link.

Division 1

Champions : Clarendon

Runners-Up : Hinckley

Relegated : Loughborough A, Ashby A

Division 2

Promoted : Westcotes A and Bradgate A

Relegated : Golf and County C

Division 3

Promoted : Bradgate B and Leicester University

Relegated : Westcotes B and Ashby B

Division 4 

Promoted : Loughborough B and Bradgete C Red (three way tie with Ashby C split on results between the three teams).

Gimson Trophy

Congratulations to Gimson Trophy winners Ian Bruce and Mick Mahoney. The prizewinners and top four pairs in the final were:

  1. Ian Bruce & Mick Mahoney  58.83%
  2. Alison Nichols & Simon Stokes 57.05%
  3. Jenny Grant & Bharat Thakrar 55.83%
  4. Ben & Joan Gibson 52.96%
Club News

We are pleased to report that Bradgate Bridge Club, which is running popular sessions on Monday evening and Wednesday afternoon, is 50 years old this year. For details of their celebrations please find article in Club NewsLink to Club News page.

Leicestershire Cup and Leicestershire Cup Plate

Congratulations to Team Rees (Richard Rees, Diana Bowden, Nick Daniels, Pauline Dignan, Val Rees, Phil Watts) who have won the Leicestershire Cup. They beat Team Thompson (John Thompson, Dennis Davis, Len Kvietkauskas, Alan Lord, John Myles, David Pettitt) +1100 aggregate in the final.

The Plate was won by Team Cook (Roger Cook, Gerardo Bucciero, Henry Cooklin, Marjorie Gilbertson, David Pollard, Pat Watson) who beat Team Krantz (Irene Krantz, Peter Nuttall, Linda Stone and Rick Wilde) in a closely contested final +130 on aggregate scoring.

Leicestershire Cup results and drawLink to Leicestershire Cup draw

Leicestershire Cup Plate results and drawLink to plate draw

Stanley Trophy

Congratulations to the Stanley Trophy winners Jim Mason & Ben Norton who won by a convincing margin. The final results can be found through the Competitions archive page or through this linkStanley Trophy results after heat 7. The prizewinners were:

  1. Jim Mason & Ben Norton
  2. George & Mary Brown
  3. Alison Nichols & Simon Stokes
  4. Andy Mackriell & Peter Nuttall
  5. Susan Bowyer & Rick Wilde
Yates Cup

Congratulations to Yates Cup winners Terry Green & Graham Langley. The competition is run as players attending bridge classes playing EW playing against more experienced players playing NS. This year we had a good entry of ten tables. The top four student pairs were:

  1. Terry Green & Graham Langley 62.50%
  2. Terry Griffths & Stan Stevens  56.25%
  3.  Iza Crump & Susan Nour 55.36%
  4.  Robyn Leckie & Kathey Moore 52.23%

Pauline Dignan & Val Rees topped the NS experts.

Samani Salver & Silver Plate Competitions 2018

The Samani Salver & Silver Plate competitions 2018 are now underway. A link to the draw and results is throught the menu (second item down) or here Link to Samani Salver & Silver Plate competitions 2018.

Joseph Bowl and Butterworth-Langley

Congratulations to Team Stokes (Simon Stokes, Ian Bruce, Colin Dean, Tim Glover, Peter Neville, Nick Stevens) who beat Team Mason (Jim Mason, Paul Bowyer, Duncan Happer, Kerri Happer, Ben Norton, Dick Pathan) by 52 imps in a tense encounter to win the Joseph Bowl. Team Wright bt Team Thompson to secure third place.

Team Halford (Peter Halford, Andy Mackriell, John Milne and Richard Smith) beat team Preston (Keith Preston, John Bee, Mary Johnson, Mick Mahoney, Audrey Mount and Ian Walkerdine) in the Butterworth-Langley final.

Joseph Bowl results and drawLink to Joseph Bowl draw

Butterworth-Langley Trophy results and drawLink to plate draw

Executive committee minutes

The latest committee meeting minutes 5th December 2017 are now posted under LCBA Information > minutes.

Wilde Cup

5 teams competed in the Wilde Cup this year, which is a teams of four ‘no fear’ style event for less experienced players. The winners were David Betterley, Linda Burdett, Gill Ivell and Chiman Haria. The prize for a team with all players ranked County Master or lower was won by Julie & Michael Jones, Paul Emberton and Mark Lansdale. Full results can be found in the results section.

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Results
MCL 4 v Warwickshire
Josephs Bowl Round 1
Section A
Josephs Bowl Round 1
Section B
Stanley Trophy Heat 3 of 7
MCL 3 v Staffordshire & Shropshire
Leicestershire Cup R1
Wright bt Cook (3700)
Leicestershire Cup R1
Whiteman bt Mahoney (20)
Leicestershire Cup R1
Dignan bt Pacey (190)
Leicestershire Cup R1
Bell bt Fieldhouse (590)
Leicestershire Cup R1
Hill bt Moore (1400)
Leicestershire Cup R1
Bowyer bt Rees (3110)
Leics Cup R1 - Overall
Stanley Trophy Heat 2 of 7
Otto & Edith Bowl (Mixed Pairs)
Calendar
MCL 4 v Warwickshire
Greenfields 14:00
12th Dec 2018
LCBA League 7
19th Dec 2018
Free for rearranged LCBA League matches
9th Jan 2019
LCBA League 8
13th Jan 2019
MCL 5 v Worcestershire
Away
16th Jan 2019
Stanley Trophy Heat 4 of 7
Glenfield Memorial Hall 19.15
17th Jan 2019
Pairs League 1
Rothley Centre 19.15
23rd Jan 2019
LCBA League 9
6th Feb 2019
LCBA League 10
10th Feb 2019
MCL 6 V Oxfordshire
Greenfields 14:00
13th Feb 2019
Stanley Trophy Heat 5 of 7
Glenfield Memorial Hall 19:15
13th Feb 2019
Wilde Cup
County Bridge Club 19.15
14th Feb 2019
Pairs League 2
Rothley Centre 19.15
16th Feb 2019
Tollemache Finals
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