Final BICC Results
This weekend saw the final BICC fixtures played and despite the fact only a handful of games were outstanding, there were some big changes in the tables!
In the Premier Division, Warwickshire’s match against Glamorgan resulted in an 18-all draw, which saw Glamorgan leapfrog Hampshire to secure third place overall. Top averages for the weekend came from Glamorgan’s Dale Hughes (29.09) and Warwickshire’s Sue Gulliver (23.10). Yorkshire had already claimed the title, sitting 48 points clear of second placed Lancashire. Yorkshire also topped both the Men’s A and B tables, and the Ladies A table, but were denied a clean-sweep by Devon, who achieved first place in the Ladies B table. Despite this success, Devon have been relegated, along with Cambridgeshire, to Division 1 next season.
In Division One, Essex and Northamptonshire had their eyes set on ousting Oxfordshire and Cornwall from their top-spots, as they took on Surrey and Dorset respectively. A superior Essex team secured the 14 points they needed for promotion on the first day against Surrey, going on to claim the weekend 27-9 and finishing in first place. Northamptonshire had tougher opposition in Dorset, who held out for a draw in the B matches, however, a 4-2 result in the Ladies A saw Northamptonshire secure 2nd place by a whisker! David Pallett (29.47) had the highest average for Northamptonshire and Essex’s Stacy Ellis (24.64) had the top average from the Ladies matches. Essex claimed top spot in the Men’s A and B tables and the Ladies A table. The Ladies B table was headed by Cornwall.
Although Sussex had already tied up first place in Division 2, it was to be a battle between Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Worcestershire to see who could claim second place and promotion! Sussex hosted Worcestershire, and the Division 2 Champions stormed ahead taking the Ladies B match 6-0. They continued their form to win 23-13, meaning Worcestershire finished 4th overall. In Hertfordshire match against Suffolk’s, the men were evenly matched, however the Herts Ladies took their respective A and B matches 6-0 and 5-1, to secure a 24-12 win and promotion into Division 1. The results also saw Hertfordshire Ladies finish first in both the A and B divisions. The Men’s A was closely contested, with Gwyedd coming out on top, and the Men’s B was headed by Sussex. Top average this weekend came from Sussex and Worcestershire; Jim Withers (31.43) took the Men’s honours, whilst Trish Kidd (Sussex) and Zoe Jones (Worcestershire), shared top-spot with a 23.86.
The final matches of the weekend were contested in Division Three between Derbyshire and Wiltshire, and Norfolk and Tyne and Wear. With Humberside and Berkshire uncatchable at the top of the table, these matches would decide who would be joining Leicestershire in Division 4 next season! Both results finished 27 – 9 to the home teams, seeing Norfolk and Derbyshire shoot up the table to finish 3rd and 4th respectively. Wiltshire just held onto 8th place by 2 points over Tyne and Wear. Norfolk’s Roz Bulmer (22.43) and Derbyshire’s Robert Hawker (30.01) had the highest weekend averages in Division 3. Humberside’s Men topped both A and B divisional tables, whilst Norfolk took first place in the Ladies A and Wiltshire in the Ladies B.
With Division Four already concluded, Somerset and Buckinghamshire will be moving up to Division Three next season. A strong Somerset side also headed the Women’s A, B and Men’s B tables. Their clean sweep was denied by Buckinghamshire’s Men’s A.
The undisputed champions of Scotland North are Grampian, who topped the accumulative table with virtual ease and proceeded to win all four of the individual divisions as well. They finished 45 points clear of second placed Highland.
The Scottish South Division was headed by Borders, who won the league for the first time in their history. They fell short of topping all four Sections as second placed Ayrshire won the Women’s A title, leaving Borders as Champions of the Men’s A, B and Women’s B.
Congratulations to Dorset’s Scott Mitchell and Samantha Kirton, Sussex’s Trish Kidd and Wiltshire’s April Polden who all secured their ninth win of the season this weekend!
Full results are available on the BDO Website!