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No big results this week, but County Oak did enough to stay in pole position.
The draw for the quarter-final of the Knockout Cup has been made. Games are to be played on Monday 13th November.
A big win for the Horse this week puts them second behind County Oak, with a game in hand. It's still early days, but could next week's clash at Glynde be a championship 6-pointer?!
3-2 wins for both the top two teams maintains the status quo at the top of the table at this early stage.
Six games played, and the Four Player Rule invoked 4 times. Is this a sign of the times?
The following rule change has been adopted for this season (Rule 35v):
"If any team commences with one or more players short, and cannot provide a replacement(s) by the time the fourth game has started, a four player rule will be put in place as follows, one of the four players present will be drawn at random and will not receive the break unless both teams have four players in which case the away team player will receive the break, leg points will be awarded as normal but the score of the 4 player rule member will not count towards player stats. Each captain must record which game is part of a 4 player rule so that the results secretary is able to record the correct information. The 4 player rule can only be used once per match, if additional players are unavailable then a walkover will be called and recorded on the scorecard as normal."
See League Rules
The new season will start on Monday 25th September. The format will be the same as last year, 2x home and away based on 7 teams.
The 2017-18 Lewes league registration night is to be held on Monday 4th September at 20:00 taking place at the Plough, Plumpton.
The registration fee for the season remains unchanged at £35.00 per team, cheques to be made payable to Lewes and District Bar Billiards League. Registration forms, if not already received, are available from Colin Southouse, Chase Newman or Liz Lancaster.
Teams for the season must be registered by Monday 4th September and all details submitted by this date.
Following on from registration a committee meeting will be held, to which all are invited.
Download registration form
See also forum thread
The league AGM was held on Monday 10th July at the Glynde Club at 8:00PM.
more details here
Congratulations to all the winners from last night's finals - see results in link below.
Many thanks to the organisers, and to all those who attended. Please remember also to support the league AGM this year.
And for a complete summary of the season...
Season 2016/17 Report
Finals Night is being held at the Hassocks Hotel on Monday 5 June, with the first match (Sprackling Cup) starting at 19:00.
There will be a raffle and, as in previous years, it would be very much appreciated if every team could donate prizes - suggestion is two prizes to the value of around £10.00.
It would be great to see as many people supporting the night as possible.
Finals Night Programme here
VLC Week 14
Congratulations to the Blacksmiths Arms on securing the Virtual League Cup™ title. Despite a 4-1 defeat at the Laughing Fish, none of the chasing teams could quite do enough to overhaul their lead.
VLC - climax
With all the League trophy positions settled, attention now turns to the Virtual League Cup™. Blacksmiths Arms have a 3-point lead, but face a tricky tie, away at the Laughing Fish - themselves still in contention - with some sizeable handicaps mostly in favour of the Fish.
The Plough, in second place, must fancy their chances at home, with some help from the handicap system.
Third place County Oak A have a local derby against the 'B's, which is difficult to predict, and the draw could be a decisive factor.
Congratulations to County Oak A, who secured their championship title last night with a 3-2 win at the Cock putting them out of reach of their rivals.
In the Virtual League Cup™, however, Oak A suffered a 4-1 drubbing, leaving the Blacksmiths with a 'virtually ' unassailable 4-point lead in that competition, unless...
the Plough, coming up on the rails with an excellent 4-1 away win over Oak B, can pip them for the VLC cup!
A 7 point lead with only 2 weeks to go!
Some people are on the pitch - they think it's all over...
A massive win for County Oak A, away at championship rivals Blacksmiths Arms, puts them in a commanding position in the league table, with only three fixtures left.
However, crucial victories for Bob and Phil in their Virtual League Cup™ match allowed the Blacksmiths to retain their lead in that competition.
Sadly, the Lewes inter-league team failed to pull off a miraculous escape on Sunday, going down 6-1 to Brighton B at the County Oak. As a result, the team is expected to be starting in Division 3 next season.
An excellent win for the Blacksmiths, and a rare defeat for County Oak A, means it's all square at the top again, with the Oak just ahead on matches won. Which makes the next round's table-top clash look like a potential championship '10-pointer'! ☺
Back to winning form for County Oak A. Can anyone stop them now?
Lewes managed to postpone relegation last night with a 4-3 win at home over Littlehampton, but they still need a big win in their final match, and for other results to go in their favour, if they are to survive the drop!
A rare defeat for Oak A allows the Blacksmiths to close the gap at the top to one point. And in the Virtual League Cup™, a 5-0 win for Laughing Fish puts them in a clear second place behind the Blacksmiths.
KO Cup Semi-final
The two teams vying for the league title, County Oak A and Blacksmiths Arms, will contest the Knockout Cup on Finals Night, after they each won their respective semi-final matches last night.
A good away win for Glynde Horse in the rearranged match against Hasocks, and an even better 4-1 win in the corresponding VLC™ match, putting them amongst the contenders for the secondary competition.
Hassocks Pub v Glynde Horse
We're now halfway through the Virtual League Cup™ and the Blacksmiths hold a 2 point lead, with Oak A, Fish and Cock level in second place. The Plough are also in contention after a good 3-2 win away at Hassocks, and two teams have a game in hand, so there is still lots to play for.
Relegation to the third division is looking a distinct possibility for the Lewes inter-league team, after another disapointing result, away at Redhill on Sunday.
Blacksmiths drop a point at Glynde, allowing Oak A to take a 4-point lead.
Big wins for the top two teams opening up a 17-point gap between them and third-place Hassocks, who have a game in hand.
Meanwhile, in the Virtual League Cup™, a 5-0 win for the Cock over the Plough sends them to the top of the table.
A valiant effort by the Lewes inter-league team gave them a creditable 5th place in the 2nd division one-day competition on Sunday.
In this week's 'top of the table' clash, County Oak A extend their lead further with a 3-2 win over rivals Blacksmiths Arms.
A good win by County Oak B at the Blacksmiths dislodges their opponents from top spot, and lets the ever consistent Oak A take back the lead.
And on Sunday, the Lewes inter-league team suffered another defeat in a 'relegation 4-pointer' at Horsham. After the match, the Lewes captain received a vote of confidence from the board...
A 5-0 win for the Blacksmiths, over the Plough, sends them back to the top of the table. Meanwhile, in the Virtual League Cup™, a good result from the Laughing Fish catapults them up the VLC table to share top spot with the Cock.
The top two in the table are starting to pull away from the field, after good wins by both County Oak A and Blacksmiths Arms.
And in the first week of the new Virtual League Cup™, the Cock rule the roost! But will it last?
Another defeat for the Lewes inter-league team on Sunday, at home to division 2 leaders Worthing B. ☹
Virtual League Cup
The eagerly awaited Virtual League Cup competition starts on Monday - see the forum for full details. This is a real competition, with results and tables published each week and a trophy at the end, but with no extra matches to be played!
Congratulations to Derek Taylor for winning this year's Captains' Cup.
We've reached the halfway point of the season, and County Oak A hold a 1-point lead over the Blacksmiths at the top of the table. Meanwhile a good result from the Plough against Hassocks has opened up a 6-point gap for third place, and pushed the Cock further into the 'relegation zone'.
In the player averages, Nigel Senior has the lead with 13 wins at an average score of 11866, while Rob Hall holds the highest away break of 17350.
Next week we have the Captainsí Cup, which is being held this year at Glynde WMC.
*** Coming soon ***
Don't miss our exiting new competition, the Virtual League Cup, starting January 30th.
Is your team languishing near the bottom of the table? Don't worry - help is at hand. Watch this space!
An under-par performance form the Blacksmiths allows their rivals to gain ground, and Oak A to extend their lead. A clear gap is appearing between the big 4 and the rest of the league.
And another defeat on Sunday for Lewes inter league team despite valiant efforts against Brighton B.
This year's Captainsí Cup will be held at Glynde WMC on Monday 23rd January.
County Oak A have opened up a clear lead in the table at the Christmas break, after their 5-0 trouncing of Glynde Horse.
Hostilities now cease until Jan 9th.
Merry Christmas to all our readers!
Big result for 'Oak A' this week as they secure top spot with a 4-1 win away at the Blacksmiths.
Meanwhile at the County Oak, a 17350 break from Rob Hall is just enough to take over the 'away break' lead from Henry.
And on Sunday Lewes inter league team came up short again, away at Littlehampton.
A rare defeat for leaders Blacksmiths Arms, away at County Oak B, allows the chasing teams to narrow the gap.
Yet another 5-0 for the Blacksmiths, despite the odd scare, extends their lead at the top.
A comprehensive 5-0 win for the Blacksmiths cements their lead in the league table.
And at the weekend, Lewes inter league team suffer a narrow home defeat against Redhill B.
KO Cup First Round
Wins for Hassocks, Blacksmiths and both County Oaks, who will go forward to the semi-finals on 20 March. Meanwhile, it's back to the league competition with the start of the 2nd quarter next week.
Another 4-1 win for the Blacksmiths against the Plough - their sixth 4-1 win of the season - is enough to keep them at the top of the table at the end of the first quarter of the season.
County Oak A closes the gap at the top with another 5-0 win. And Phil Osborne takes over the lead in the player averages, after Colin Southouse and Rob Hall both suffer their first defeat of the season.
Lewes Inter League
The Lewes inter league team recorded their first win of the season on Sunday, at their new home venue - the Blacksmiths Arms.
Knockout Cup Draw
The draw has been made for the first round of the KO Cup, to be played on 14 November:
Blacksmiths Arms v Glynde Horse @ County Oak
Cock n Balls v County Oak B @ Blacksmiths Arms
Hassocks Pub v Laughing Fish @ Glynde WMC
Plough v County Oak A @ Cock Inn
Can the respective captain(s) of the 4 venues concerned please ensure that said venues are aware.
A good win for the rebranded Blacksmiths over league leaders Hassocks, sends them to the top of the table. Meanwhile, at the County Oak, Henry set a new away break of 17300.
Changes at Black Lion
The Black Lion is under new management, and has been renamed The Blacksmiths Arms, as has the eponymous team. The table has been moved from the (ex-) games room to an alcove in the main bar, but otherwise it is, so far, business as usual.
Wins for both the County Oak teams over the two leaders narrows the gap at the top, but Hassocks still cling on to their lead.
Another 5-0 win for Hassocks puts them firmly into the top spot.
Meanwhile, the Lewes inter-league team start their campaign with a narrow defeat in Worthing.
Big wins for Hassocks, at home to Glynde Horse, and County Oak A away at the Fish. A gap is starting to open up between top and bottom halves of the table but, it's early days yet.
A 4-1 win by Black Lion, at the Cock, gives them an early lead in the league table.
Finals Night 2016
Download the Finals Night results here. More details on the Lewes BB forum and on the 2016 history page.
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