YORKSHIRE began their defence of the BICC Premier Division title at home to Warwickshire. The Bears pushed the champions all the way, however were narrowly defeated 17-19, which places Yorkshire in fifth position overall. Lancashire currently head the table after they took a convincing 22-14 win over Cheshire, with Lincolnshire in a close second, separated only by leg difference as they beat recently promoted Essex by the same score line. Northamptonshire seemed unfazed by the step-up into the Premier and despatched West Midlands 21-15 to claim third place overall, whilst Premier Division stalwarts Glamorgan beat Hampshire 20-16 to settle in fourth.
Three teams won 21-15 in Division One; Dorset, Hertfordshire and Sussex head the table, with only 12 legs separating them. Their wins came at the expense of Gwent, London and Oxfordshire respectively, who sit in tenth, ninth and eight place. Devon and Cambridgeshire, both keen to regain their Premier Division places, are currently in fourth and fifth. Devon, whose women were exceptional, dropping only one game all weekend, took a comfortable 20-16 win over Nottinghamshire, whilst Cambridgeshire’s Blue Army could only manage a draw against a strong Cornwall side.
Surrey take the early lead in Division Two, defeating County Durham 24-12, to head the table, whilst Berkshire have made their arrival known, claiming second place by beating Cumbria 23-13. Humberside, who were also promoted last season from Division Three, are currently in third place overall after they overturned Kent 22-14. Only leg difference separates fourth and fifth position as Staffordshire and Suffolk overcome challenges from Gwynedd and Worcestershire 20-16.
Somerset and Buckinghamshire look set to dominate Division Three as they did last season in Division Four; Somerset took an impressive win over Montgomery and Radnor 24-12 to sit two points clear at the top of Division Three, whilst Buckinghamshire’s 22-14 victory places them in second place. Cleveland are in third place following their 20-16 win over Norfolk, with Northumberland one point behind in fifth position as they triumphed 19-17 over Wiltshire. There was only one leg separating Merseyside and Derbyshire, as both their Men’s and Ladies A and B squads drew level in every section for an overall 18-18 draw.
Bedfordshire landed a crushing defeat 27-9 over the West of England to see them take first place in Division Four, whilst Middlesex were equally as impressive, winning 24-12 over the Isle of Wight. Clwyd’s 20-16 victory over Breconshire sees them sitting in third place, whilst a 18-18 draw between Tyne and Wear and Shropshire see them siting in fourth and fifth respectively, but with a game still to play between Pembrokeshire and Leicestershire, the table will look different before the next BICC match.
With eight more upcoming fixtures, these early leads may soon be turned on their heads as the season progresses!
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