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Deal of the Week
The congress at Deva on 25-26th January was well attended as usual with a fair number of Manchester participants. Neil Thomas and Paul Beckwith were fourth in the pairs final, Steve Mattinson and Ann Thornton third in the consolation pairs final. In the Swiss Teams Steve Harris, Mike Parr and Joyce White were third with Babs Matthews of Cumbria. Click here for the Deva Club website.
The French Bridge Federation played their trials for Europen Open selection on the weekend of 24-26th January. They invited six English pairs to play against their participants. Among the English pairs were John Holland and Alan Mould and Michael Byrne playing with Kieran Dyke.
We are sorry to report the death of Pat Buxton on Tuesday 21st January. Pat worked tirelessly as the tournament secretary for the county for well over ten years. She was a regular player at Cheadle Hulme, Poynton and Brookdale and was a long serving member of the Cheadle Hulme committee. She contributed in many ways to the success of Cheadle Hulme always working hard looking after the welfare of the club and its members.
We send our condolences to her daughter and sister. The funeral will be family only.
Lancashire Cross-IMP Pairs
Well done to Rhona Goldenfield playing with Jeff Smith who won at Preston on 18th January. Jeff Morris and Kath Nelson were fourth.
Results are on the LCBA web site.
League and Higson Cup (15th Jan)
The leaders in each division are displayed on the league page of this site. In division one Michael Byrne's St Titus have won two matches by good margins to lead ahead of Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras and David Barton's Inverted Minors. Division three is headed by Splinter Group (George Leigh) and Ashton Aces (Gordon Bickley) who have each won four matches. In division four Monton Misfits have started with two maximum wins. The Enigmas (Graham Fletcher) are off to a good start in division five with three wins. Bombay Sapphires have started with two wins and a draw to lead division six. The Wakefield family team lead division 7a and Mudlarks are winning division 7b.
In the Higson Cup round 2 the tie of the round between Michael Byrne's St Titus and Justin Hackett's Mutton Madras was a close run match with St Titus just winning on the last two boards.
Preston Blue Point Teams
Congratulations to Neil Thomas, Nicholas Greer, Rodney Lighton and John Currie who won the teams at Preston on 12th January. They won on a split tie. In the consolation event Bill Bentley, Rhona Goldenfield, Kevin and Celia Comrie were also in a split tie for first place, but they lost the tie split. Results are on the Preston Club Web Site.