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2010–11 Season

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Week 3: 19 October 2010
Week 4: 2 November 2010
Week 9: 14 December 2010
Week 10: 11 January 2011
Week 15: 1 March 2011
Week 16: 8 March 2011
Week 17: 15 March 2011
Week 18: 22 March 2011
Presentations Night

News and Views: 2010–11 Season

Fixtures and Results:

A League B League C League Cup Plate

Question Balance

The following table shows the number of games won each week by the teams going first and second, respectively, in the Specialist rounds.

Week Date No. of games First Second
1 5 October 2010 11 1 10
2 12 October 2010 11 3 7
3 19 October 2010 11 4 6
4 2 November 2010 12 5 7
5 9 November 2010 11 7 4
6 16 November 2010 11 3 8
7 30 November 2010 11 4 7
8 7 December 2010 11 5 6
9 14 December 2010 11 6 5
10 11 January 2011 11 3 8
11 18 January 2011 11 9 2
12 1 February 2011 11 2 9
13 8 February 2011 12 5 7
14 15 February 2011 11 5 6
15 1 March 2011 11 7
16 8 March 2011 11 8 3
17 15 March 2011 11 5 4
18 22 March 2011 11 5 6

In each of Weeks 2 and 3, one game was drawn. In Week 17, two games were drawn.

Week 3: 19 October 2010

Some very close games this week with the Cock Inn and Lamb Inn having the closest of all finishing in a draw with 121 each – the second draw of the season at this early stage.

Special mention should be made of Chris Wearne's 45 for the Dolphin Dragons (and Dave Turner's 33), along with the best score of the week, 48 for Rick Davis of the Church House Bollington. Julian Amey of the Plough Horntails also had 42 in the same game.

Keith Pointon from the Waters Green Rams continued his strong start to the season with a C League best score of 45.

Week 4: 2 November 2010

Light nights are now but a distant memory as Week 4 came and went. I'm hoping my science question from last week has gone for some time as well!

Another action-packed Tuesday with individual honours going to Keith Pointon from the C League's Waters Green Rams, who outscored everyone else bar none with 45 – well done Keith.

Breaking news from the Church House Bollington who may indeed have broken new ground by fielding League's first German competitor, Christian Stocker. Christian was instrumental in picking up a number of passed–overs and was jubilant when being the only player to know the 'Fast Eddie from Motorhead' question. It did however look like he would remain individually pointless until coming up with Jack Nicholson for the very last question of the night. Sadly the Church House were unable to force a penalty shoot–out, where Christian would no doubt have been untouchable ...

Another enjoyable evening overall. Where else can you combine tokamaks, bog–snorkeling, aged high–jumpers and the Lavender Hill Mob? Who needs a TV!

Week 9: 14 December 2010

Nothing in it at all at the top of the A League, where the Ox–fford are top by virtue of scoring a handful of points more than the Weaver. The Dolphin remain third, with any number of possibilities still on the cards for the second half.

The B League looks likely to be contested between the current top four. The Waters Green Phoenix lead the way, just one point ahead of the Nags Head and the Church House Bollington, with the Castle just one further point back in fourth.

It is a similar state of affairs in the C League, with four teams contesting the honours. The Plough Taverners have a two–point lead over second placed Waters Green Rams – thanks to a narrow eight–point win in this week's game. The return match in the last game of the season could be interesting ...

The Pack Horse Bowling Club are level on points with the Rams, with the Knot Know–Alls in a very solid fourth place.

Have a great Christmas, and see you in 2011.

Weeks 15 and 16: 1 and 8 March 2011

Congratulations to the Plough Taverners and Waters Green Rams on promotion from the C League. They are now just fighting for the title over the last two weeks of the season. Given that they meet on the last week, it should be mighty dust–up to bring down the curtain.

It would be a braver man than I who would forecast the outcome of promotion from the B League, with any number of permutations still possible. The A League title will go to either the Weaver or the Ox–fford, with the Weaver having the advantage of points on the board at present.

Week 17: 15 March 2011

Congratulations to Graham Bailey's Weaver for becoming A League Champions for the first time – the first time in 13 seasons that a tream from the Ox–fford / Dolphin (Bridgewater) hasn't won, so it is about time we had a change!

Lord knows what will happen in the B League, where any two from the top four could be promoted and one of them will win it! I'm keeping my money in my pocket and placing no bets on this one ...

The C League will have a resounding finish as the top two (and season–long pacesetters) the Plough Taverners and Waters Green Rams meet at the Plough. Whichever team wins will be the champions.

Week 18: 22 March 2011

A League

The Weaver deserve all the congratulations for winning the title for the very first time. More amazingly, this is the first ever A League title for League stalwart and "ever present" since 1981 – Graham Bailey. A well–deserved and long–overdue success for Graham and the team.

The Harrington Academicals and the British Flag will play in the B League next year. Both teams will be missed and were excellent opponents (and good company) throughout the season. Good luck for next time around.

Alan Hodgson won the A League Individual standings with a fantastic 57 on the final week of the season – the highest score on the night by a country mile (or the width of Wayne Rooney's wallet, whichever is thicker...).

Alan wins this title for a record 11th time. No one else is even close in this race. Alan – a fantastic effort, well done.

Mark Watson and Haydn Thompson filled second and third places, on behalf of the various Ox–ffords.

B League

In the season's tightest finish, the Nags Head just edged out the Castle by one point. Both of these teams have made an immediate return to the A League, having fallen through the relegation trap–door last year; well done to all concerned.

The Albion and Cock Inn will start next season one rung lower, but their time will surely come again.

Rick Davis won the B League Individual title for the third time (to go with his two C League titles) – beating Church House Bollington colleague Ed Baron into second place, with Alasdair Reid from the Nags in third.

C League

The Waters Green Rams won the title and promotion for the very first time in their current form – congratulations to all for a fantastic season. They will be a force next year in the B League, as will the Plough Taverners – who had an excellent campaign, finishing a well–deserved second.

Keith Pointon won the C League Individual title by a goodly margin, a first win for Keith in the League to cap a great season for him and his Waters Green colleagues.

Phil Davies (Plough Taverners) and Rosalie James (Knot Know–Alls) complete the top three.

Cars and Vans 4U Ltd Question Setters Trophy

This was won by the Lamb Inn with their Specialist questions from Week 10. Congratulations to all those responsible.

Cup Final and Presentations Night: 19 April 2011

Many thanks to all who attended this event. There was an excellent turn–out, the Cup Final was a finely contested affair and the butties (including quiche!) were very welcome too. I have only a small number of trophies left in my possession; I will contact the winners separately.

The Cup Final was one of the best contests those of us who have seen a few of these can remember. Credit to Nick Peck of the Waters Green Phoenix and Graham Bailey and (especially) Alan Levitt of the Weaver, who fettled the excellent questions – which can all be seen via the usual link to Nick's Quiz Site.

The result of a very close contest saw last year's runners–up the Ox–fford 'C' beat the Dolphin Dragons by just five points, 103–98. Congratulations to all concerned.

Thanks also to our very own Cameron and Clegg, otherwise known as Rick Davis and Allan Sherratt, for asking the questions and scoring respectively – much appreciated, your fine efforts added to the night's entertainment as always.

Thanks also to the Weaver. A great venue, and the hospitality – and sandwiches – were very well appreciated.

Click here fot the photos ...

The final trophy of this year will be settled at the start of next season as usual. The Plate Final will be:

Plough Taverners v Harrington Academicals

This game will be played at the AGM before the start of next season, [on 27 September], although the place will undoubtedly be the Weaver!

If I don't see you before we start again, have a great summer and see you in the autumn when we will do it all again.

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