Weekly Update - Posted 19/03/2019
The Kirkham & District Pool League saw both its main team knockout cup and solution shield finals night participants decided this week as the league took a break before the final round of matches on 21st March. The semi-finals of the main team knockout saw some high quality pool played, with holders Kirkham Cricket B sealing their place back in the final again after coming out 4-2 winners in a terrific tussle with Ingol Social Club. The high quality affair was all over within 55 minutes and included a Clearance Off The Break from Ben Robinson, a 7-Ball reverse clearance from Pete McGardle to clinch the match and two other 7-ball finishes from Chris Rhodes and Steve Ham. The Cricketers are joined in the final by Lea Club B, who also had a 4-2 victory over Freckleton Social Club B, with captain John Fernie sealing their place in the 28th March showdown with his frame win over David Eyre.
The Solution Shield final will be played out between Premier League rivals Lea Club A and the Derby Inskip B. The lads from Lea crushed the Kirkham Cons B 5-zip whereas the Derby had to wait until the last double-point doubles frame to finally see off a spirited Kirkham Cons A in the other semi-final. These two will also face off on the 28th March in their final. This week sees the final round of league matches in this years’ winter league with many teams across all divisions doing battle to either grab the glory or suffer end of season disappointment.
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 and 3 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.
NEWS FOR THE SUMMER LEAGUE
As we have 30 teams entered as at 11th March and to avoid having any bye's, the season will start earlier and will have 3 groups of 10 teams.
The fixtures and seasonal calendar are now on the website.