Allfrey team wins Premier League

Division 1 of the 2017 Premier League has been won by the team of Alexander Allfrey, Andrew Robson, Graham Osborne, Tony Forrester, Mike Bell & David Gold.

The Allfrey team retained the title by a margin of just over 9 VPs from the team of Frances Hinden, Jeffrey Allerton, Michael Byrne, Kieran Dyke and Chris Jagger. The De Botton team was in third, a further 3 VPs back.

Through their victory the Allfrey team has earned the right to represent England in one weekend of the 2018 Camrose Trophy, and in the 2018 European Champions Cup (assuming England qualifies to enter a team). In addition, all the team bar Graham (who is a few points behind) have moved to the top of the standings in the Player of the Year competition.

Division 2 was won by Heather Dhondy, Sally Brock, Brian Callaghan, Barry Myers and Franklin To (see picture here). They finished 25 VPs ahead of the Morris team.

The Gipson team (Paul Gipson, Sarah Bell, Simon Creasey, Alex Gipson, Alex Roberts, Graeme Robertson, Ankush Khandelwal and Ed Jones) finished atop the newly-formed Division 3, however they needed to be a team of eight, rather than the permitted team of six, so the Gross team which finished second (Susanna Gross, Richard Bowdery, Ollie Burgess, Andrew Murphy, Toby Nonnenmacher, Graham Orsmond) were declared winners of the division.

Commons defeat Lords in annual match

The House of Commons defeated the House of Lords in their annual match yesterday. The Commons team prevailed by 36 IMPs.

The Tony Berry Trophy, for best played hand, was won by Evan Harris and Lord Hamilton of the Commons team (pictured here with judge Tom Townsend).

The match was sponsored by Lord Kalms, and organised by the two captains, Baroness Henig, and Bob Blackman MP.

The hands were set Paul Bowyer, and his fun and educational commentary is available for you to read below.

Entries for European Open Team trials now closed

The EBU will hold trials for pairs to represent the England Open Team in the 2018 European Team Championships.
The trials, scored by Ximps, will be held over 4 full days, 12th to 15th January 2018, at the Young Chelsea BC. The top two pairs will be selected for the team, plus Tony Forrester & Andrew Robson who have been pre-selected.
The number of pairs in the trials will be limited. Applications closed on 7th November 2017. Accepted pairs were notified by 10th November. The cost of entry is £150 per player.


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