County Cons are the only unbeaten team in the league after they won the top of the table clash against Canton Libs A 3-2 in a tightly-fought contest. The result means that they are now 6 points behind the champions with a game in hand. However, Savoy have joined the title race after a 5-0 whitewash of South Wales B puts them only 2 points behind County, with Sam Thomas winning yet again. With 4 weeks to go, another win for Taff’s Well means there are only 6 points separating as many teams in the fight to finish in the top half of the table.
Don’t forget that the closing date for the current round of singles and doubles competitions is the 14th December. There are a few games still unplayed so please ensure you get them arranged asap.
This week sees the league’s two unbeaten teams go up against each other, in a match that could have a massive impact on the destination of the title. With County having a game in hand on their opponents, a win for them could see them close the gap before the split. However, a victory for Canton Libs A would take their lead past the 10 point mark, and make them strong favourites to retain their title.
The semi line-up for the Handicap Cup has been finalised after an intriguing night’s play. The shock of the night came at County, where the home team were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by the Mack, who sealed their win thanks to a 60 break by Jason Hewitt. Senghenydd continued their great form by beating Canyon Libs Z 3-1, and Trecenydd Bandits made it a Valleys double as they won by the same scoreline against Park Club. The closest game of the night came at Canton Libs, as the champions were pushed all the way by 2013 winners Cathays Cons. The underdogs raced into a 2-0 lead, but Canton showed why they are heading this year’s table by winning the next three to seal the victory and sneak into the semi-finals.
A reminder to those teams left in the competition, that the order for the Handicap Cup will be drawn at random. The team captains write down their five players on separate pieces of paper, and then place them face down. The captains then choose an opposition player in order until the draw is complete. If the player is not present at the start of their frame, then the opposing team can claim the frame. We encourage all teams to ensure that the 5 players all are present at the start of the match, but it is entirely at the discretion of team captains if the draw needs to be altered, e.g. if a player is going to turn up late. Each captain is allowed to insist on the drawn order being adhered to, and claim any relevant frame.