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Northern Bridge League- Manchester Lead All Divisions
After the third round of matches on Saturday 22nd September Manchester now lead all three divisions.
In the A division at Bradford Manchester 1 finished just below average, but nearest rivals Yorkshire 2 were only able to reduce the gap at the top to 5 VPs. Manchester 2 finished fifth and remain at the bottom of the table. The teams were Manchester 1: John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Kath & Alan Nelson, David Barton/Leslie Klein. Manchester 2: Joy & Irving Blakey, John Roberts/Howard Kay, Raymond Semp/Jeff Morris, Nicholas Greer/John Parsons. On the cross IMPs Jeff and Raymond were our best pair, with John and Rodney, Alec and Tom, Joy and Irving also positive.
In the B division at Keighley Manchester won with a huge score to jump from fourth to first in the division. The team was David Sarabowski/Andy Green, Gillian McMullan/Neil Thomas, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, Herbert Potts/Sylvia Massey. All four pairs did well on the cross IMPs, Howard and Dhun were the top pair in the division.
In the C division, also at Bradford, Manchester 1 came second with Manchester 2 fifth. Manchester 1 improved their lead at the top of the table, Manchester 2 are sixth. The teams were Manchester 1 Victor Ridding/Mary Green, Paul Beckwith/Wei Che Tham, Paul Murray/Peter Grauer, Phillip Taylor/Josh Clarke. Manchester 2: Ann Thornton/Peter Green, Vivienne Newgrosh/Karen Sandler, Joan Lewis/Nathan Marks, Liz & Stephen Halstead. Victor and Mary headed the cross IMPs for the division with Paul and Peter also scoring well.
The first weekend of three of the prestigious EBU Premier League was held on September 15th-16th. The first two teams in the top division will be selected to play for England in the Camrose Trophy. The Manchester team of Jeff Morris, John Hassett, Alec Smalley and Tom Slater (with Catherine Draper and Andrew Woodcock to play in subsequent weekends) are currently doing very well lying in second position.
The annual Bolton Bridge Club event was held on 8-9th September. Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield won the Championship pairs ahead of Daniel Kelsall and Wei Che Tham. Results are on the Bolton Bridge Club web site.
The following selections have been made for the final two NBL matches in September and October.
The mainly Manchester team of John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke finished third in the eight team final of the English National KO competition which was held in Solihull on 1st-2nd September. John and Alan were the third best pair on cross IMPs. Full results are on the EBU web site.
The selection committee has selected Michael Byrne/Michael Newman, Gary Hyett/John Holland, Alan Mould/Ollie Burgess, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock for the inter county teams of eight qualifying event in November.