Both division tables are looking very similar to those at the turn of the year but with the last quarter of the season approaching, both league leaders’ 100% records have been lost. Premier Division leaders County Cons suffered back-to-back losses against Penarth Road B and defending Champions Savoy. Their six point lead at the start of 2014 have now been halved with Savoy in second place. However, it is a thee horse race for the title as Penarth Road B are only a further one point behind. Trailing County by 9 points coming into January, an undefeated league run in 2014 have allowed them to catch and set up what seems another tense finish to the season with only 4 league games remaining. Cuesaders remain at the top of Division One with their big lead intact despite suffering their first defeats. Park Club and Senghenydd are 9 and 14 points behind respectively with the Valleys team having the advantage of a game in hand.
The preliminary and Last-16 rounds of the Interdivisional Handicap Cup have been contested with five Division One teams advancing to the quarter-finals to Premier Division’s three. In the round of 16 an amazing 6 matches went down to deciding frames. Pick of the bunch in the quarter-finals is a repeat of last years final County Cons v Cathays Cons. The Quarter-finals will be played on Thursday 3rd March, Semi-finals on Thursday 27th March and the Final will be at Llandaff Institute on 17th April.
Finally, it has been announced that League Secretary Ben Chung will be leaving the post at the end of the season. If you would like to volunteer for the position and help continue the running of the Cardiff & District Snooker League then feel free to contact a member of the committee
For the Handicap Cup, for which the first round is being played tonight, the rules around team orders are as follows
Names are placed face down and captains will choose the order of the opposing team. Then names will be turned over to reveal the match line up.
All the singles and doubles draws have now been updated after the January rounds. All comps are now at the quarter-final stages and these matches should be played by March 2nd. Due to non-payment of competition fees some players have been scratched and therefore some names are already at the semi-finals.
A reminder that all competition fees are due immediately. Many fees have not yet been received. If the fees are not received by Friday then the responsible players will be scratched from the competition and excluded from future competitions.
A full list of those players for whom Spencer has not received payment is here:
This list may not be totally up to date for those that have sent payment recently.
And also don’t forget that the deadline for the last rounds of matches is Sunday night, Feb 2nd!
The team handicaps for the CDSA Interdivisional Team Knockout Cup are now online and can be found here. There is also an alteration to the draw as a result of Canton Libs ‘A’ dropping out. The handicap used for each frame of the match will be the difference between the two handicap scores of both teams. There will be no random draw for match line ups but both captains must reveal their draw before the match starts.