Weekly Update - Posted 19/02/2019
Love was in the air this week for Valentines night celebrations so most teams had a night off to spend time with their treasured ones, however the quarter finals of the Solution Shield kept the Kirkham & District Pool League sweet and Scott Holden’s Kirkham Cons B carried on their cup giant-killing in awesome comeback style against Premier League side the Clifton Arms. After knocking out the Stables Bar A in the Last 16, The Division Three side came storming back from 4-1 down to take the last two doubles matches, worth double points, to grab the first semi-final spot with a 5-4 victory. Joining them are Premier League highflyers Lea Club A, who overcame the challenge of the Lane Ends A with a relatively comfortable 5-2 home win, whilst the Derby Inskip B were also taken to a final frame shootout by the Swan from Division Three, Roger & Paul Livesey sealing the deal with doubles success in the decider. Kirkham Cons A make up the final four after a 5-0 away-day thumping of the Stanley. The semi-final draw sees Lea A play the Cons B and the Derby B play the Cons Club A, both ties on neutral ground in mid-March.
In the Division One singles finals night, an absorbing final saw Tim Cartmell of the Plough A surge into a 2-0 lead only for Lea Club B’s Tony Rafferty to claw his way back into the match and take the trophy, clinching the deciding fifth frame to claim a very hard-fought 3-2 win. Tony joins Guy Collen and Andy Pratt as fellow singles divisional champions for the winter season. The final Division Two section finals night will be played on 27th February at Kirkham Cricket Club.
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.