Weekly Update - Posted 22/01/2019
The Kirkham & District Pool League enters its final five weeks and the state of play couldn't be any tighter at the top of the premier division. Only three points separate the Top 4 teams with the Coach & Horses B out in front with a slender 1 point lead, but having played one game more than nearest rivals in joint second Lea Club A and Kirkham Cricket B. The Boot & Shoe B are only a further point back in fourth. At the bottom, the Clifton Arms are up against it to survive but it's still possible, whilst the Stable Bar A and Kirkham Cons A are also down in the relegation mix, all three still having their bye week to take in too.
In Division One, the Lea Club B are sailing away and have an impressive five point lead plus a game in hand on their challengers. The other three promotion spots are wide open with any teams from seventh placed upwards still well in the hunt for a Top 4 finish and a premier division place. Down at the the foot in this division looks like being a straight out battle between Kirkham Cricket D and the Coach & Horses A, who are separated by just a point either side of the drop zone.
Division Two almost mirrors the premier division with five teams separated at the top by just the five points. Joint leaders Boot & Shoe A & Kirkham Cricket C are joined by the Blossoms, Stable Bar C and The Stanley Arms in what is a great race for the title. With no relegation this year from division two, the rest are safe, but the hunt for a top seven spot to gain promotion brings in both other Stable Bar teams and The Links A.
Freckleton Social B are in pole position to take Division Three's title prize but with a couple of games in hand, either the Plough B or Ingol Social Club could still have a say.
Promotion & Relegation for season 19/20
Because we are unable to sustain 4 divisions of 10 teams it’s been decided that for the next winter season 19/20 we’ll have 3 divisions of 12, as we already have a bye in the prem, one in division 1 now and 2 in division 3 – this makes things very disjointed.
Much thought has gone into how to treat promotions and relegations at the end of this season and we’ll use the following formula;
The premier league will retain the top 8 teams and the team in 9th place will be relegated to division 1.
The top 4 teams from division 1 will go up – making the first tier of 12.
Division 1 will have the team relegated from the prem and those teams who finish up in positions 5 through 8 (4 teams) and the 7 highest teams from division 2 will make the new division 1 of 12 teams.
Division 2 will have the relegated side from division 1 and what is currently division 3 (8 teams) along with the lowest 3 sides in the current division 2, making 12 in total.
Division 3 will cease to be and we can manage the extra team matches going from 18 in a season to 22 games, by using Wednesdays for all non-team competitions as we already do.
There will be no play offs this Winter season, but these will be reintroduced the following year.
So now you can all work out where you need to finish to be in which division.
There will be trophies issued for all 4 division winning sides as well as the runner up - as usual.