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So the season ends and did so in great tension with all three divisions going into the last week with the title undecided. The 1st division title went the way of Birkdale Cons A who managed to overhaul second placed Fleetwood Hesketh A's big lead with only a handful of games left. Fleetwood had been the leaders for most of the season, and only lost the lead in the penultimate week when Birkdale recorded a 4-2 victory over the C team at Fleetwood. If truth be told Fleetwoods run in was littered with some bad results that left the door open for the Con club to step in and take the title of 1st Division Champions for the first time since 1974...!! For Fleetwood, they have to go back to the 2001 season when they were last the 1st division champions with this now being the 5th time they have come up short in 2nd place since then too.

A similar pattern took over in the 2nd Division as Waddington Cons B claimed an unlikely title win from where they were some 4 weeks back trailing both Tarleton BC D & Our Lady's by a few points. But the Con club saw them claim two 6-0's, a 5-1 and 4-2 victories in their last four matches while the other two battled it out between themselves dropping the occasional bad point. Having been relegated from the 1st division only three seasons ago, Waddy B will return to the 1st division for only the second time since the 1966-67 season. For the Tarleton BC D team, it will see them enter the 1st division for the first time in their short history, having now won back-to-back titles when they won the 3rd division title last year.

The 3rd division title could have gone one of four ways going in to the last week as 3 points covered the top four teams. And by a quirk in the fixtures this was also heightened by the fact that all four teams were drawn to play each other in the last week, fighting for that top prize. In going to Churchtown Cons D and turning them over 4-2, Southport Cons B took the title honour away from the D team teams attempts to win the title for the first time since they have been in this division. With Churchtown only getting the 2 points it opened it up for Waddington Cons C to nip in and claim the runners up spot, only taking that spot due to having more wins in the season than their opponents. This is the first divisional trophy that The Waddington Cons C team have won with it's current set up of players. In the end the top five were only split by the 5 points in total with Churchtown Cons D, Scarisbrick b & Banks D just missing out this year.

A final congratulations must go to all of the divisional winners & runners up as it has been one long hard battle to push their way to the top of the division. Lets hope for much more of the same for the next season.


Here are the dates and venues for all of the up & coming semi's & finals for the team & individual cup competitions -

Monday the 19th of March - Frank Lodge semi 1, Fleetwood Hesketh B v Birkdale Cons C, @ Churchtown Cons, 8pm start

Monday the 26th of March - Frank Lodge semi 1, Banks D v Tarleton BC D, @ Fleetwood Hesketh, 8pm start

Tuesday the 27th of March - Rickerby Cup semi 2, Banks B v Our Lady's, @ Scarisbrick, 8pm start

Thursday the 29th of March - Rickerby Cup semi 2, Churchtown Cons B v Churchtown Cons D, @ Waddington Cons, 8pm start

Tuesday the 3rd of April - Frank Lodge Final, venue tbc

Thursday the 5th of April - Rickerby Cup Final, venue tbc

Monday the 9th of April - JJ Birch 2nd div Open semi's, @ Banks, 8pm start, best of 3 frames

Tuesday the 10th of April - James Yates 1st div Open, @ Birkdale Cons, 8pm start, best of 3 frames

Wednesday the 11th of April - Blyden Veterans Open Handicap semi, @ British Rail, 8pm start, best of 3 frames

Thursday the 12th of April - Lucas Individual Open semi's, @ Churchtown Cons, 7:30pm start, best of 5 frames

Monday the 16th of April - Atherton 3rd div Open semi's, 8pm start, best of 3 frames venue tbc

Tuesday the 17th of April - JJ Birch 2nd Div Open Final, 8pm start, best of 3 frames, venue tbc

Wednesday the 18th of April - Blyden Veterans Open Handicap Final, @ Argyle LTC, 8pm start, best of 3 frames

Thursday the 19th of April - James Yates 1st Div Open Final, 7:30 start, best of 5 frames, venue tbc

Monday the 23rd of April - Marshall Handicap semi's, @ Tarleton BC, 8pm start, best of 3 frames

Tuesday the 24th of April - Atherton 3rd Div Final, 8pm start, best of 3 frames, venue tbc

Thursday the 26th of April - Lucas Individual Open Final, @ Birkdale Cons, 7:30 start, best of 7 frames

Monday the 30th of April - Birch Pairs Handicap Open semi's & final, 7:15 start, venue tbc

Friday the 4th of May - Marshall Handicap Open Final, @ Southport Cons, 7:30 start, best of 5 frames

Which leaves me all with a quick thank you to all the people who have agreed to hold these semi's and finals at there club plus the time they are giving up to cover them. It is very much appreciated...

Just a reminder that the Presentation Night will be held once again at Southport Cons, on Friday the 4th of May.

The final to be played on the night will be the Marshall Handicap, to which is a best of 5 final starting at 7:30pm prompt.

Many thanks

Chris Gill