December 2016 English Bridge
PRESTON Pairs: 1st Bernard & Rhona
Goldenfield. Bolton Congress Ladies' Pairs: 1st
Rona Stewart & Maggie Lunn. Bolton Congress
Men's Pairs: 1st Jeff Smith & Andrew Petrie.
Bolton Congress Championship Pairs: 1st Austin Barnes &
Sue Hyman; Bolton Congress Teams: 1st Rodney Lighton,
John Currie, Neil Thomas & Nicholas Greer. LCBA Mixed
Pairs: 1 Jeff Smith & Jackie Pye.
IN the Samani Salver (the Summer KO -
handicap teams of four competition) the
Clarendon North team defeated the Clarendon
South team in the final.
In the Samani Plate (for 1st round losers) the
Loughborough A team will play Hinckley in the final.
The Stanley Trophy (Butler Pairs) - Heat 1 was won by
Steve Fieldhouse & Robert Killip (+60) from Robert
Missenden & Ian Woodward (+27) - both pairs are from
League (Club Teams of 8) Very early Divisional leaders
are: Div1 - Clarendon (19/2); Div 2 - Glenfield 'A' (18/2 ; Div
3 - Golf (11/1); Div 4 - Bradgate 'B' (9/1).
THIS year's Mixed Pairs Championship was won
by Gilly Cardiff & Corneliu Rimboiu with an
impressive score of 63%. Second were Brigid
Battiscombe & Victor Silverstone and third were
Sally Young & Mike Bell.
The Men's And Women's IMP Pairs in October attracted
a good entry. The Men's event was won by Corneliu Rimboiu
& Ting To, with Simon Gass & Alan Scott second and Mark
Nelson & Liam Sanderson third. The Women's Pairs was won
by Nevena Senior & Brigid Battiscombe, who were well clear
of second-placed Heather Bakhshi & Claire Robinson and
Lyn Poole & Lissie Cocking, third.
NORTHERN Counties Bridge League:
Congratulations to Manchester on making it
ten wins out of eleven in the A Division of the
Northern Counties Bridge League.
THE opening event of the Merseyside League
was a two session Swiss teams which was won
by Fozzy's Bears (Mike and Sarah Amos, Pete
Foster, John Roberts, Keith Shuttleworth).
The consolation event of the Lady Connell trophy (the
Cheshire Salver) for last season was played belatedly due to
unavoidable circumstances. The winners were Bob Pitts,
Barry Jones, Dave and Jean Keen.
WINNERS of an excellent Cramlington Congress
on 14th August were Aileen Cunningham &
Mary Page (59.09%) from Steve & Georgia Ray
(56.36%) with Sue & Richard Davies (55.91%) in
third place. Clear winners of a sociable but very competitive
Summer Swiss Pairs at Chester-le-Street in August were Peter
Marshall & Jo Lormer with a fine score of 90 VPs (equiv to
75%). Second place was taken by Val Gibson & Liz Muir (83
VPs) and third was Beverley Godfrey & Nichola CockerillSmith
(77 VPs). Some 26 pairs contested the Senior Pairs
Championship at Whitley Bay on 18th September. Winners
were Pat Barton & Graham Cox (61.69%) from Frank
Springett & Brenda Osborne (57.29%). Third place went to
Val Ireland & Carole Newton (57.06%).
THE highest ranked Nottinghamshire players in
the July Nottinghamshire Green Point event
were: Graham Kirby & Rob Sharpe 7th in the
Pairs; and Graham Brindley, Clare Batten, Chris
& Dorothy Close 6th in the Teams.
Willie Crooks' team represented Nottinghamshire in the
Pachabo coming 17th out of 26 strong teams.
The first County match saw Worcestershire comfortably
ahead at half time, winning the Porter and Markham, 16-4
and 17-3 respectively, whilst the Dawes team secured a draw
Captain Keith Rodgers seeks expressions of interest for
later matches and also for a new cross (Midlands) county
competition - good practice for aspiring county players.
This year the Teams of Four competitions moved to the
summer to avoid clashes with the winter To8.
Congratulations to The Palookas (Lloyd Eagling, Keith
Rodgers, Stan Zygadlo, Ellen Overton, Bill Whalley, John and
Irene Auld) in winning this years competition with second
place comfortably secured by TRYO (Toni Smith, Ant
Pettengell, Maciej Lejman, Jane Hall, Clive Wood, John
Ashworth, Alyson Mclintock, Sylvie Breedlove).
The Paul Jones Competition in August was won by
the team made up of Roger Sweet. Jette Bailey,
David S Jones and Alan Bailey.
The winners of the July Barometer pairs were
Caroline Macpherson & Andy Ridgers with
63.46%, runners up Steve Fletcher & Shirley Durant 61.32%.
In the Mixed Pairs in September the winners were Gina &
David Howard 61.28%, with Colin Juneman & Caroline
Staffs and Shrops
JOHN Withers retired from the SSCBA
committee at the AGM in September after many
years' service. Pam Booth-Jones became the new
EBU shareholder taking John Withers' share
giving her the right to vote on behalf of the County and Terry