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April 01, 2019

PREMIER DIVISION

THE PENULITMATE MATCH in the BICC premier saw Lancashire close the gap to seven points behind current title holders Yorkshire following a comprehensive 25-11 win over West Midlands, who remain in ninth position behind Northamptonshire.

Yorkshire achieved a similar scoreline over Essex, winning 24-12 to keep themselves in pole position, teeing up an exciting ‘War of the Roses’ match at the end of the month as they play Lancashire away for the title.

Cheshire’s fate looked to be sealed as they lost 22-14 to Lincolnshire and find themselves 14 points from safety in tenth position. Lincolnshire’s win puts them into third place overall, just two points ahead of Glamorgan, who also had a 22-14 win this weekend of Northamptonshire.

A 21-15 win for Hampshire over Warwickshire sees them safely in sixth place overall and both teams look on-course to remain in the Premier League next season.

Fixtures for 27th/28th April 2019

Essex v Cheshire

Glamorgan v West Midlands

Lancashire v Yorkshire

Lincolnshire v Hampshire

Warwickshire v Northamptonshire

 

DIVISION ONE

Cornwall remain top of the Division One table following their 22-14 win over London, nine points clear of second-placed Devon. The result sees London remain mid-table in sixth position.

Gwent, who are battling for survival, found themselves 12-6 down overnight to Devon, with the help of another 6-0 win for Devon’s Ladies B, who will top the Division 1 Women’s B table. Despite an 8-4 win for the Gwent Men’s A, Devon ran out 21-15 winners overall, leaving Gwent 13 points away from eight-placed Oxfordshire with one fixture to go.

Cambridgeshire’s 19-17 win over Dorset sees them move up into third position and push Dorset into fourth place overall, but with only five points separating second, third and fourth place, there’s still all to play for!

Nottinghamshire look set to return to Division Two as they were beaten 24-12 by Sussex, whose strong Men’s A currently top the Division One Men’s A table, narrowly ahead of Cornwall on leg difference.

Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire’s rearranged fixture took place two weeks ago – with every team now having played eight games, Hertfordshire are sat in fifth place and Oxfordshire in eight.

Fixtures for 27th/28th April 2019

Cornwall v Devon

Dorset v Oxfordshire

Gwent v Cambridgeshire

Hertfordshire v Sussex

Nottinghamshire v London

 

DIVISION TWO

Division Two looks set to be a three-way race to claim the two top spots and move into Division One.

Humberside and Staffordshire drew 18-18 and currently sit in first and second place respectively, with six points separating them. The result has seen Surrey narrowly pushed down to third place as they were beaten 19-17 by Berkshire. 

Berkshire’s victory has staved off a resurgence from County Durham as both teams fight to stay in Division Two. County Durham’s 18-18 draw against Worcestershire sees them six points from safety in ninth place behind Berkshire.

Humberside will fill confident moving into the final fixture as they travel to Cumbria, who have been pushed down to tenth place following their 19-17 defeat at the hands of Gwynedd and 20 points off of eighth spot.

Despite Kent suffering a 21-15 loss to Suffolk at home, they remain in fifth place, just one point ahead of Suffolk in sixth.

Fixtures for 27th/28th April 2019

Co Durham v Gwynedd

Cumbria v Humberside

Staffordshire v Kent

Suffolk v Berkshire

Surrey v Worcestershire

 

DIVISION THREE          

Somerset and Buckinghamshire continue to head the Division Three table following wins over Northumberland and Derbyshire respectively.

Somerset extended their lead to four points following a 21-15 win and Buckinghamshire took a narrow 19-17 win. Somerset’s win will see Northumberland move into Division four next season as they sit in tenth place 39 points adrift of Montgomery and Radnor.

Cleveland’s 20-16 win over Merseyside see them move to one point behind Buckinghamshire in third place, and ten points clear of fourth position.

Only four points separate Gloucestershire in ninth place and Montgomery and Radnor in eighth. Both teams suffered defeats, with Gloucestershire losing 20-16 to Wiltshire and Montgomery and Radnor going down 25-11 to Norfolk.

Gloucestershire will face a tough survival battle against Division Three leaders Somerset in their final fixture.

Fixtures for 27th/28th April 2019

Buckinghamshire v Norfolk

Cleveland v Derbyshire

Montgomery and Radnor v Northumberland

Somerset v Gloucestershire

Wiltshire v Merseyside

 

DIVISION FOUR

Clwyd still head up Division Four following their 18-18 draw with mid-table Bedfordshire, with Middlesex now in second place as they took a 20-16 win over Breconshire.

Pembrokeshire move down to third place following a devastating 23-13 defeat at the hands of the West of England, who still find themselves in ninth place.

The Isle of Wight remain in tenth place as they were beaten 24-12 by Shropshire, who maintain their eighth place.

Only the Ladies B result separated Leicestershire and Tyne and Wear, with the Ladies A and both Men’s teams achieving a draw, which saw Leicestershire edge out the opposition and win 19-17.

Fixtures for 27th/28th April 2019

Bedfordshire v Isle of Wight

Breconshire v Tyne & Wear

Leicestershire v West of England

Pembrokeshire v Clwyd

Shropshire v Middlesex

 

SCOTLAND NORTH

Grampian continued to dominate the Scottish North division in their final match, beating Angus 21-7, seeing them retain the divisional title. The result sees Angus move down into third place overall, following Highlands 19-9 win over Fife.

Highland and Angus ended up on equal points, ahead only by a difference in the bonus points in Highlands favour.

Perthshire beat Central 17-11, allowing them to move up the table ahead of their weekend rivals.

 

SCOTTISH SOUTH

Despite Greater Glasgow having a bye this month, they were officially crowned Scottish South Divisional Champions as second placed Borders couldn’t quite close the gap following their 14-14 draw against Lanarkshire, who finished fifth.

Ayrshire finished the season in third place with a 14-all draw against Lothian, who ended in sixth position.

Clackmannanshire ended their season on a high as they beat fourth-placed Renfrewshire 15-13.

Greater Glasgow’s Men’s A, with 6 out of 6 wins dominated the division, whilst Borders Ladies A and Men’s B topped the Scottish South Division. Renfrewshire Ladies B finished in top spot, two points ahead of Ayrshire.