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April 30, 2019

PREMIER DIVISION

YORKSHIRE retained the Premier Division title following a quality clash against local rivals Lancashire. Yorkshire entered the ‘War of the Roses’ seven points clear of Lancashire in second place and the home team quickly pulled to within four overall as they won the opening three Ladies B matches, only for Yorkshire to take the last three, levelling the match at 3-3. Yorkshire then stretched their lead to 10 with a 9-3 win for the Men’s B, which secured them the Men’s B Premier title, and moved in Sunday leading Lancashire 12-6.

The Ladies A also went 3-3, which meant nothing short of a 12-0 for Lancashire’s Men’s A could see them take the title, and despite a strong performance which saw them finish top of the Men’s A table, the 8-4 win wasn’t enough to clinch victory and Yorkshire were once again were crowned champions.

A strong finish from Lincolnshire at home to Hampshire saw them finish in third place overall, beating the visitors 21-15. Only Hampshire’s Ladies B won their match 4-2, which saw them win their section over Yorkshire on count back, with both Ladies B teams finishing on 37 points. Lincolnshire’s Ladies A, who won by the same 4-2 scoreline, secured top spot in the division, finishing four points clear of Yorkshire in second place.

Glamorgan played host to West Midlands, who needed a good result to avoid relegation, and despite holding the Welsh side to an 18-all draw, it wasn’t enough to catch up with Northamptonshire following their 19-17 win over mid-table Warwickshire, meaning the West Midlands will be returning to Division One next season. The result saw Glamorgan finish in fourth place overall.

Cheshire will also be making a return to Division One as Essex won their match 20-16, sealing their fate at the bottom of the table, 20 points adrift of safety.

  

Final Standings:

No

County

P

MA

WA

MB

WB

BP

TP

+/-

 

1

Yorkshire

9

66

33

77

37

27

240

311

 

2

Lancashire

9

70

28

73

33

24

228

206

 

3

Lincolnshire

9

59

37

54

22

19

191

7

 

4

Glamorgan

9

58

26

53

33

14

184

48

 

5

Warwickshire

9

64

20

59

20

10

173

13

 

6

Hampshire

9

34

32

48

37

12

163

-75

 

7

Essex

9

52

25

47

22

10

156

-106

 

8

Northamptonshire

9

48

27

46

19

9

149

-115

 

9

West Midlands

9

43

18

49

25

4

139

-104

 

10

Cheshire

9

46

24

34

22

3

129

-185

 

 

Divisional Champions:

Men’s A – Lancashire – 70 points

Women’s A – Lincolnshire – 37 points

Men’s B – Yorkshire – 77 points

Women’s B – Hampshire – 37 points

 

DIVISION ONE

The battle for promotion in Division One also came to a head as local rivals Cornwall faced Devon. Cornwall, who narrowly missed out on promotion last season were sat in top spot once again coming into the final match.

Cornwall, Devon, Cambridgeshire and Dorset were all in touching distance of promotion, as Cambridgeshire travelled to Gwent and Dorset played host to Oxfordshire, who at the other end of the table were fighting to avoid relegation.

Despite Devon’s Ladies B losing only their second match 4-2 to Cornwall, they triumphed in the division finishing six points clear of Hertfordshire. Both Oxfordshire and Gwent in their fight to stay up also took 4-2 wins in the Women’s B matches.

Devon’s Men’s B made leaps in their quest for promotion, beating Cornwall 9-3 to move with five points of first place. Gwent’s Men’s B put a spanner in the works as they took the Men’s B 8-4 over Cambridgeshire, who still managed to win the Men’s divisional title on 63 points; with Dorset’s Men beating Oxfordshire 7-5, the Green Army moved into third place with Cambridgeshire moving down into fourth.

Only 12 point separated the top four teams going into Sunday’s A matches, and still everything to play for. A 6-0 win for Dorset’s Ladies over Oxfordshire put them just four points behind Devon, who drew with Cornwall 3-3. The tie was the first match Cornwall hadn’t won outright but was enough to see them take the divisional top spot in the Ladies A. Gwent’s women held Cambridgeshire to a draw, with the chance for promotion slowly looking harder for Cambridgeshire.

With all three matches, the Men’s A results went 7-5, with Cornwall, Dorset and Gwent coming out on top. The results, coupled with the bonus points for the victors, saw both Cornwall and Devon secure promotion, with Dorset missing out by just two points in third place.

Gwent’s 22-14 win over Cambridgeshire saw the Blue Army move down to fourth, but still wasn’t enough to save the hosts, who will return to Division One, just two points short of safety.

Nottinghamshire were almost certainly relegated before they hosted London in their final match, and the 16-20 score line in London’s favour sealed their fate, and the visitors finished in sixth place overall.

Sussex’s Men’s A took the divisional title on leg difference over Cornwall, who both finished on 63 points. Sussex were away to Hertfordshire, and the home side won 19-17, seeing them finish in fifth place, and Sussex finishing in seventh.

 

Final Standings:

No

County

P

MA

WA

MB

WB

BP

TP

+/-

1

Cornwall

9

63

39

54

29

19

204

99

2

Devon

9

49

33

52

42

24

200

65

3

Dorset

9

62

34

55

29

18

198

96

4

Cambridgeshire

9

60

28

63

24

16

191

54

5

Hertfordshire

9

51

34

51

36

15

187

28

6

London

9

52

20

55

31

16

174

-22

7

Sussex

9

63

25

49

18

9

164

-25

8

Oxfordshire

9

45

18

60

26

10

*157

-49

9

Gwent

9

54

22

56

17

6

155

-52

10

Nottinghamshire

9

41

17

45

18

0

121

-194

 

Divisional Champions:

Men’s A – Sussex – 63 points

Women’s A – Cornwall – 39 points

Men’s B – Cambridgeshire – 63 points

Women’s B – Devon – 42 points

 

DIVISION TWO

Division Two went down to the wire as Humberside, Staffordshire and Surrey all fought for promotion. Humberside were six points clear in first place, with Staffordshire in second place, ahead of Surrey on count back.

Surrey, who faced Worcestershire, kicked off with a 5-1 win in the Ladies B, which also sealed them the Ladies B division. Staffordshire’s Ladies also attained  the same 5-1 result, whilst Humberside managed a draw.

Kent’s Men’s B held off Staffordshire to win 7-5 draw and claim the Men’s B divisional top spot over their rivals. A late comeback from Surrey saw them rescue a 6-6 draw, whilst Humberside pulled it back to win 7-5, which meant overnight Humberside led by 5, with Surrey in second and Staffordshire in third.

The results from the Ladies A matches saw the teams separated by just three points, as Staffordshire took a 6-0 win, Surrey, who also topped the Ladies A divisional table won 4-2 and Humberside went 5-1 down to Cumbria.

With everything resting on the Men’s A games Humberside, whose strong performances throughout the season saw them take the divisional title, secured their team the number one spot on the promotional table with a 9-3 win over Cumbria. Despite a 9-3 win for Surrey’s Men, Staffordshire’s 8-4 result was enough to level them on points and secure promotion in second place, with Surrey finishing third on count back. The result also saw Cumbria relegated to Division Three in 10thplace.

Cumbria is joined by County Durham next season as they couldn’t quite get the better of Gwynedd, who beat them 20-16, leaving County Durham four points from safety.

Berkshire almost found themselves back in division three as they struggled to repeat last months’ performance playing away to Suffolk. The visitors lost to Suffolk 22-14 escaping relegation by just four points. Suffolk finished in fourth.

 

Final Standings:

No

County

P

MA

WA

MB

WB

BP

TP

+/-

1

Humberside

9

67

21

62

30

20

200

99

2

Staffordshire

9

54

29

63

32

20

198

93

3

Surrey

9

61

36

51

33

17

198

93

4

Suffolk

9

58

30

54

25

15

182

18

5

Worcestershire

9

44

34

51

30

16

175

-50

6

Gwynedd

9

53

28

50

27

13

171

1

7

Kent

9

56

13

64

25

12

170

6

8

Berkshire

9

58

20

50

25

6

159

-44

9

County Durham

9

50

30

49

19

7

155

-87

10

Cumbria

9

39

29

46

24

3

141

-129

 

Divisional Champions:

Men’s A – Humberside – 67 points

Women’s A – Surrey – 36 points

Men’s B – Kent – 64 points

Women’s B – Surrey – 33 points

 

DIVISION THREE          

Division three saw Buckinghamshire and Somerset in a race to first place alongside Cleveland.

Three points separated the teams with Cleveland hoping to make a return back to Division Two, whilst Buckinghamshire and Somerset were keen to keep climbing up divisions following their promotion from Division Four last season.

Cleveland went into Sunday in third position as their opponents Derbyshire lead 11-7 after Saturday’s B matches. Buckinghamshire lead Norfolk 10-8 and Somerset by the same scoreline following a standout performance by their Men’s B team, winning their match against Gloucestershire 9-3 and taking the divisional title in the process.

Sunday’s Ladies A matches saw Buckinghamshire and Somerset further pull away from Cleveland as they both recorded 4-2 wins, and Derbyshire kept their winning ways going against Cleveland to win the Ladies A match 4-2. Buckinghamshire’s Ladies topped the divisional table.

Despite a 9-3 result for Cleveland’s Men’s A, they finished third overall behind Buckinghamshire who won 8-4 and Somerset who maintained a draw against Gloucestershire. Buckinghamshire’s Men’s A followed in their Ladies footsteps to take the divisional title and move into Division Two next season as overall Division Three Champions.

Somerset’s win over Gloucestershire saw the latter relegated into Division Four in ninth position, with Norfolk finishing in fifth and Derbyshire’s draw against Cleveland saw them move into fourth.

Gloucestershire will be joined in Division Four by Northumberland, as they move down for the second season running following a 22-14 loss against Montgomery and Radnor who finished in eighth.

The final match played in Division Three saw Wiltshire host Merseyside, with the home team winning 20-16. The result saw Merseyside finishing in fifth place and Wiltshire in seventh; With 33 points, Wiltshire’s Ladies B just edged out Norfolk’s ladies to win the divisional title.

 

Final Standings:

No

County

P

MA

WA

MB

WB

BP

TP

+/-

1

Buckinghamshire

9

63

35

57

27

19

201

114

2

Somerset

9

53

31

69

28

21

*200

88

3

Cleveland

9

56

31

57

28

22

194

56

4

Derbyshire

9

55

25

61

26

14

181

15

5

Merseyside

9

46

28

64

31

12

181

33

6

Norfolk

9

55

31

47

33

11

177

50

7

Wiltshire

9

55

22

49

33

13

*170

-20

8

Montgomery & Radnor

9

60

30

43

23

11

167

-33

9

Gloucestershire

9

49

29

51

22

3

154

-54

10

Northumberland

9

48

8

42

19

3

*118

-249

 

Divisional Champions:

Men’s A – Buckinghamshire – 63 points

Women’s A – Buckinghamshire – 35 points

Men’s B – Somerset – 69 points

Women’s B – Wiltshire – 33 points

 

DIVISION FOUR

Clwyd and Middlesex both held onto their top spots as they went into their final matches against Pembrokeshire and Shropshire respectively.

Clwyd not only topped the overall table, but also headed the Men’s A table, finishing one point ahead of Tyne and Wear.

Middlesex maintained second place to gain promotion following a 26-10 win over Shropshire, who finished eighth overall. Middlesex also took top honours in the Ladies A and Men’s B tables.

Bedfordshire finished third overall, as they beat the Isle of Wight 26-10, whilst Leicestershire fourth following their comprehensive 27-9 defeat of the West of England, who finished in ninth overall.

Breconshires’s narrow 19-17 win over Tyne and Wear saw them finish ahead of their close rivals, with the pair finishing in fifth and sixth overall. Breconshire’s Ladies B also ran away with the Divisional title, finishing five points clear of second placed Leicestershire.

 

Final Standings:

No

County

P

MA

WA

MB

WB

BP

TP

+/-

1

Clwyd

9

64

31

63

29

25

212

163

2

Middlesex

9

54

39

67

24

21

205

112

3

Bedfordshire

9

53

35

59

31

13

191

69

4

Leicestershire

9

58

22

60

35

15

190

99

5

Breconshire

9

53

26

52

40

18

189

21

6

Tyne & Wear

9

63

29

61

20

10

183

44

7

Pembrokeshire

9

58

27

58

22

15

180

4

8

Shropshire

9

56

26

45

22

10

159

-87

9

West of England

9

57

17

42

27

6

*147

-79

10

Isle Of Wight

9

24

18

33

20

0

95

-346

 

Divisional Champions:

Men’s A – Clwyd – 64 points

Women’s A – Middlesex – 39 points

Men’s B – Middlesex – 67 points

Women’s B – Breconshire – 40 points

 

 

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