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The second weekend of the Premier League takes place this weekend (27-28th Sept.) at Manchester Bridge Club. Spectators are welcome and some matches wiill be on BBO. This is a good opportunity to see many of England's best players in action. John Holland's team is currently in second place in the top division and Michael Byrne's team is in third place in the second division. Session times are Sat. 10.45-13.25, 13.55-16.35, 16.55-19.35 Sun. 10.30-13.10, 13.40-16.20, 16.40-19.20.
Northern League Round 3
The A and C teams played at Bradford and the B team at Keighley on Saturday 13th September with mixed fortunes.
The A1 team of John Currie/Royce Alexander, Alec Smalley/Tom Slater, Alan Jones/David Barton, Kath and Alan Nelson won and increased their lead in the division with the A2 team of Ken Hassell/Raymond Semp, David Audley/John Roberts, Neil Thomas/Nicholas Greer, Craig Fisher/Peter Jones coming a creditable third on the day, moving them up from sixth to fifth place. Alec and Tom led the cross IMPs with Alan and David not far behind.
In the B Division Steve Mattinson/Pauline Lang, Bill & Joyce White, David Pennington/Rod Franks, Robert & Joyce Jones finished last and dropped back to last in the division. Robert and Joyce were, however, third in the cross IMP rankings.
In the C Division Kevin Higgins/Richard Sinton, Elena & Marcelo Rosenbaum, Howard Stubbings/Dhun Daji, James Sheppard/Stephen Ward were fifth, leaving them in fourth place in the division. Kevin and Richard were the best of the Manchester pairs.
Commonwealth Nations Cup
This event takes place in Glasgow from Monday Sept 8th to Sunday Sept 15th. John Holland is playing for England with Ben Green and Alan Mould plays for Scotland with John Matheson. The event web site is here. Some matches will be on BBO.
The England and Scotland teams have qualified for the quarter finals finishing first and fourth respectively in their qualifying group (Thursday). Knockout stages are played from Friday to Saturday. England won narrowly in their quarter final against the Scottish President's team, but Scotland lost by an even smaller margin to India. In the semi-finals England lost in another close match to the Chairman's team (Paul, Jason, Justin Hackett, David Mossop, David Bakhshi, Andrew McIntosh), but then won the play off match against India to secure a Silver medal (the Chairman's team weren't eligible for medals).
In the trans-national teams Martin Taylor, Barbara Hackett, Michael Byrne and Mike Bell did well to finish fifth in the Swiss, just failing to qualify for the knock outs.
Congratulations to Bernard and Rhona Goldenfield who won the Pairs at the Bolton Congress on 6th September. Rhona also won the Ladies Pairs on the Friday evening with Marianne Farr of Lancashire. In the Swiss Teams Kath and Alan Nelson with Peter Jones and Jeff Smith won ahead of Gillian McMullan and Neil Thomas who played with Paul Evans and Alan Whittam of Lancashire. David Audley, John Roberts, Alec Smalley and John Atthey were third.
Full results are on the Bolton Bridge Club web site.