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News & Views
2017–18 Season
Week 10

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News and Views: 201718 Season Week 10 16 January 2018

By Haydn Thompson, with input from Mark Watson.

Results

The closest result in the A League was also the one that had the most effect on the table. Having gained only their second win of the season last week, the British Flag beat the Weaver by just three points, and this was enough to lift them into sixth place.

There were two close results in the B League. The Nags Head beat the Harrington 'B' by four points, while the Royal Oak scored just three more than the Waters Green Lemmings. The other B League match resulted in a comfortable victory for the Harrington Academicals over the Robin Hood.

In the C League, all three matches were closely contested – in fact all six teams were separated by just 18 points. Highest scorers were the Sutton Club, who were separated from the Pack Horse Bowling Club by the aforementioned 18 points.

Tables

Victories for the Dolphin Dragons and the British Flag meant that they both climbed above the Weaver, who are now in the A League's relegation zone.

In the B League, the bottom three teams all lost, while the Plough Horntails (fourth from bottom) didn't play. The only change in the B League table was that the Nags Head moved back into first place ahead of the Waters Green Rams (who didn't play) on goal difference.

The two C League teams that didn't play – the Park Taverners and the Cock Inn – each dropped a place, overtaken by the Sutton Club and the Park Timers respectively.

Individual

It was another week of modest individual scoring: top scorer was Robin Morrell with 42. Robin proved his value to the Dolphin Dragons – they've won every game he's played in this season, and lost every one he hasn't.

On the other hand there were twelve personal bests this week: Tim Massey (36 – his second on the trot), Phil Davies and Chris Butler (both 33), Geoff Shaw, Tony Browne and Trisha Ashton (30), John Stein and Mitch Moores (27), Emma Griggs (24), Mike Hewitt and Martin Biss (21), and Sunil Peck (18).

There were 24 "personal worsts" this week – compared with 42 last week.

A League

Results

Wharfies 121 163 Ox–fford 'C'
Brian Bogie 39 36
36
Tim Massey (pb)
Haydn Thompson
Dolphin Dragons 145 128 Church House Bollington
Robin Morrell 42 30 Ashton Davies
British Flag 145 142 Weaver
Phil Davies (pb)
Geoff Shaw (pb)
Tony Browne (pb)
33
30
30
39 Graham Bailey

Table

Played Won Drawn Lost Total Points
Ox–fford 'C' 8 7 0 1 1362 14
Ox–fford 7 5 1 1 1141 11
Dolphin 7 4 1 2 1080 9
Church House Bollington 8 3 1 4 1207 7
Dolphin Dragons 8 3 0 5 1154 6
British Flag 8 3 0 5 1142 6
Weaver 8 2 1 5 1222 5
Wharfies 8 2 0 6 1096 4

Individual Top Ten

Team Played Total Highest Lowest Week 10
Haydn Thompson Ox–fford 'C' 8 369 54 36 36
Alice Walker Ox–fford 'C' 8 330 48 33 33
Alan Hodgson Dolphin 7 297 51 36  
Graham Bailey Weaver 8 297 45 30 39
Peter McBride Dolphin 7 285 51 33  
Brian Bogie Wharfies 7 279 51 30 39
Liz Horrocks Dolphin Dragons 8 276 45 21 30
Ashton Davies Church House Bollington 7 273 51 30 30
Mark Watson Ox–fford 6 273 48 45  
Alan Gilday Weaver 7 255 42 27 36

B League

Results

Robin Hood 122 152 Harrington Academicals
Jim Kennelly
Tony Wilkinson
27
27
39
36
21
Rob Parkin
Dave Partington
Mike Hewitt (pb)
Harrington 'B' 122 126 Nags Head
Richard Sinton
John Green
Martin Biss (pb)
30
30
21
33 Andrew Wright
Royal Oak 127 124 Waters Green Lemmings
Bill Cawley 33 33
18
18
18
Jon Thompson
Sunil Peck (pb)
Nick Peck
Bob Langstaff

Table

Played Won Drawn Lost Total Points
Nags Head 8 7 0 1 1181 14
Waters Green Rams 7 7 0 0 1077 14
Royal Oak 8 5 0 3 1187 10
Harrington Academicals 8 4 1 3 1054 9
Plough Horntails 7 3 1 3 876 7
Waters Green Lemmings 8 3 0 5 1030 6
Robin Hood 8 1 0 7 1062 2
Harrington 'B' 8 0 0 8 920 0

Individual Top Ten

Team Played Total Highest Lowest Week 10
Alasdair Reid Nags Head 8 279 54 21 21
Dave Partington Harrington Academicals 8 279 48 24 36
Keith Pointon Waters Green Rams 7 261 45 27  
Andrew Wright Nags Head 8 255 36 27 33
Alan James Royal Oak 8 249 39 21 21
Jim Kennelly Robin Hood 8 243 42 21 27
Jon Thompson Waters Green Lemmings 8 240 42 15 33
Rosalie James Royal Oak 8 231 45 21 24
Malcolm Asquith Plough Horntails 7 213 39 24  
John Green Harrington 'B' 8 210 36 12 30

C League

Results

Pack Horse Bowling Club 103 121 Sutton Club
Mike Vickerstaff 27 33
24
Chris Butler (pb)
Emma Griggs (pb)
Park Timers 113 101 Prince of Wales
Glyn Bradley 21 30 Trisha Ashton (pb)
Sutton Mutton 117 106 Chester Road Tavern
John Stein (pb) 27 27 Mitch Moores (pb)

Table

Played Won Drawn Lost Total Points
Sutton Mutton 8 7 0 1 971 14
Sutton Club 8 5 1 2 949 11
Park Taverners 7 5 0 2 870 10
Park Timers 8 4 0 4 949 8
Cock Inn 7 3 1 3 833 7
Pack Horse Bowling Club 8 3 0 5 922 6
Prince of Wales 8 2 0 6 878 4
Chester Road Tavern 8 1 0 7 859 2

Individual Top Ten

Team Played Total Highest Lowest Week 10
Wynne Keith-Davies Sutton Mutton 8 204 39 15 21
John Poyser Park Timers 8 201 36 18 18
Glyn Bradley Park Timers 8 201 36 15 21
Shauna Barstow Park Taverners 7 186 51 12  
Mike Proctor Sutton Mutton 8 186 36 12 12
Andy Ridgway Prince of Wales 8 177 39 12 12
Peter Wilxcox Cock Inn 6 168 33 21  
Jackie Hulme Cock Inn 7 168 33 9  
Chris Butler Sutton Club 7 162 33 12 33
Tony Moores Chester Road Tavern 7 150 30 12 24

Cars & Vans 4U Question Setters' Trophy

Wk Difficulty Balance Ent'mnt Total Last Year
1 3 Spec British Flag 7.65 9.87 7.11 24.64 22.17
2 1 Spec Ox-fford 10.00 7.35 7.22 24.57 24.69
3 6 GK Sutton Club 10.00 7.82 5.79 23.61 19.98
4 4 GK Waters Green Rams 7.23 6.73 6.22 20.18 18.84
5 5 GK Ox-fford 'C' 6.28 7.77 5.37 19.42 17.41
6 2 GK Royal Oak 5.91 7.22 5.72 18.85 8.20
7 7 Spec Wharfies 4.31 8.00 5.44 17.76 14.58
8 8 GK Chester Road Tavern 6.85 3.70 5.67 16.22 (20.47)
9 1 GK Ox-fford 9.45 0.00 6.50 15.95 17.22
10 3 GK British Flag 3.42 6.21 5.67 15.30 (22.17)
11 7 GK Wharfies 5.49 5.95 3.33 14.77 22.03
12 4 Spec Pack Horse Bowling Club 2.59 7.37 4.40 14.37 (13.95)
13 8 Spec Waters Green Lemmings 2.01 7.90 4.32 14.23 22.21
14 2 Spec Sutton Mutton 3.92 5.87 3.44 13.24 (11.50)
15 6 Spec Sutton Club 4.54 3.20 5.22 12.95 (19.98)
16 9 Spec Prince of Wales 0.00 9.01 3.83 12.84 11.16
17 5 Spec Ox-fford 'C' 3.85 2.68 5.79 12.32 19.47
18 10 GK Plough Horntails 4.42 0.05 5.11 9.59 (16.35)
19 10 Spec Cock Inn 2.80 0.00 3.83 6.63 (14.69)
20 9 GK Nags Head 0.00 1.41 5.11 6.52 (14.19)

For the full spreadsheet, please click here.

The Specialist questions, set by the Cock Inn, seem to have been quite hard - teams scoring on average 95% of their average scores. The Plough Horntails' General Knowledge set were only slightly easier (96%), but because we're comparing two different sets of scores (one for Specialist questions and one for General Knowledge) they have scored rather better here for Difficulty.

Both sets seem to have suffered from bias, but each team had the benefit in one half of the quiz so the match results are unlikely to have been affected. Both sets were biased towards the teams that went second (103% to 87% in the Specialists and 103% to 89% in the General Knowledge).

Overall there was a very slight bias towards the teams that went first in the Specialist questions (96% to 95%). Even so, the majority of games were won by the teams going second. The teams that won by going "first first" were the Dolphin Dragons, the Harrington Academicals, the Royal Oak and the Sutton Mutton.

The General Knowledge questions were slightly more popular than the Specialists. Not for the first time, both sets got their lowest Entertainment mark from the C League.

An indirect but significant consequence of the low marks scored by this week's questions for Balance (and, to a lesser extent, for Difficulty) is that the British Flag's Specialist questions have returned to the top of the table, by the smallest of margins. The reasons for this are complicated, but in short: this week's questions have set a new benchmark for the biggest difference in balance, and because the match scores were so much higher on the Ox–fford's questions than on the Flag's, this has more effect on the Ox–fford's score than any other. Last week the Ox–fford's score for Balance was 7.75 and the Flag's was 9.77, and the Ox–fford's total score was 24.97 to the Flag's 24.42 - a lead of 0.55. This week the Flag lead by just 0.07. 

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