England regain Lady Milne Trophy

The Lady Milne Trophy - the annual women's home international series - took place this weekend in Ireland. The English team of Sally Brock & Gilly Cardiff, Susanna Gross & Catherine Draper, Nicola Smith & Yvonne Wiseman with NPC Andrew Murphy, won back the trophy which Scotland had pipped them to last year. They won all five matches, including an important 10.22 - 9.78 victory over nearest rivals Scotland, who were just 7 VPs behind at the end.

Durham "A" win Portland Bowl Finals

The Portland Bowl Finals rounds took place this weekend, 13th - 14th April 2019 at the world famous Portland Club in London.

In the final, Durham A beat Cambridge B by 29 IMPs, 120-91, having trailed by 22 IMPs with eight boards to go, until a spectacular comeback saw them gain 51 IMPs in the final stanza. This is Durham’s third victory in the competition, their last one coming in 2008. Prior to this, Cambridge had won this event six times in a row, with Cambridge B winning the last five of these.

In the semi-finals Cambridge B beat Cambridge A, while Durham A beat UCL B. UCL B conceded to Cambridge A in the third-place playoff.

The Durham A team, from left to right in the attached photo, was Edmund Lea, Charles Bucknell (capt), [Christopher Kemp, Chairman of the Portland Club], Dominic Price and Euan Sarson.

Still time to enter the Hubert Phillips Bowl

There is still chance to enter a team in the 2019/20 Hubert Phillips Bowl. Entries for 2019 were due to close on 15 April, but can now be accepted until 12 noon on Tuesday 23 April.

The Hubert Phillips Bowl is a knockout competition for mixed teams of four, played on the full pivot principle so you will play an equal number of boards with each of your team mates. There is a plate competition at no extra charge, so every unseeded team is guaranteed two matches.

You can enter online through My EBU, or with the competitions department - comps@ebu.co.uk or 01296 317203/219.

For more information please visit the Hubert Phillips Bowl webpage.

Schapiro Spring Foursomes

The booking for the Spring Fours is going fast. We have now taken 60 entries so there are only 4 places remaining! This is the most entries for this event so far this century!

The Spring Fours is one of the great events in the English calendar. The principal event the Schapiro Trophy has become one of the toughest events in domestic bridge. It is run on double-elimination lines over nine sessions each of 32 boards.

To book your place call 01296 317203/19 or email comps@ebu.co.uk

England regain the Teltscher Trophy

The Teltscher Trophy - the 'senior Camrose' competition - took place this weekend. This year the event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The England team (pictured from left to right: Norman Selway, Gunnar Hallberg, Paul Hackett, Brian Senior, John Holland, David Mossop and NPC Simon Cochemé) were victorious, winning all 10 matches on the way to the trophy.

Last year's champions Scotland were runners up.

Hinden & Allerton win National Pairs Final

The National Pairs competition has been won by Jeffrey Allerton & Frances Hinden (pictured).

50 Pairs had qualified for the National Final from the Regional Finals, and Frances & Jeffrey finished atop the rankings with 58.01% after the two days of play. Sue Oakford & Rod Oakford were second with 56.63% and David Kendrick & Simon Mostyn were third with 56.31%.

The National Pairs is part of the Championship Series of competitions, with results counting towards the Player of the Year Competition. Their victory moves them up to a joint 14th place.

2019 Yeh Bros Cup

The 2019 Yeh Bros Cup (Shanghai Bridge Master Championship) starts today 8th April.

28 Teams are taking part. The England team includes: Andrew Black (Captain), Gunnar Hallberg, Phil King, Andrew McIntosh, Artur Malinowski and David Bakhshi.

There are also English players in the Pharon Team (Paul Hackett, Jason Hackett, Justin Hackett, Brian Senior, Mike Bell and Alex Hydes) and the Allfrey Team (Thomas Paske, Ed Jones, and David Gold).

Live coverage of the event will be shown on Bridge Base Online. Good Luck to all involved.

2019 grants to clubs for capital expenditure

Once again the English Bridge Union is happy to accept applications from clubs for grants to assist them with capital expenditure.

The most common applications in the past have been for assistance with buying dealing machines or wireless scoring systems, though in principle any capital expenditure might qualify. Small items and those not considered capital expenditure, such as bidding boxes, tables or cloths, will not usually be funded unless there are small reserves left after awarding the main grants.

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