Well done to Jason Hewitt who clinched the Premier League rankings title for the first time this year after a phenomenal 17 wins from 18 matches. Mark Bennett suffered a rare three defeats in the last five games to lose ground, and finished the season just one win ahead of third placed Kevin Brown. Last year’s champion Rhys Carpenter had another strong season but was pipped to fourth place by his brother on games lost, and Ralph Welch’s streak of 11 wins in a row to end the season earned him a joint fifth place slot.
Some more stats are below and will be posted here, but I’d note that some of these aren’t as complete as usual, since some teams did not provide regular information.
Best 100% record was Anthony Davies with 8 wins from 8.
Five players played all matches (minus those who didn’t return information): Colin Lane, Mark Bennett, Jason Hewitt, Kevin Brown and Ryan Rowlands
89 played at least one match
Some great winning streaks this season:
Jason 15, Mark 14, Ralph 11* (and not ended), Kevin 10, Huw C 10*
44 players had winning records.
Most reported defeats was 15 out of 17.
The longest losing streak was 9 matches, and one player lost 9 out of 9.
And so the Premier League ends with what we are told by Graham Bailey was a first win of the title in about 37 years! Well done Savoy, probably not the strongest squad in the league on paper, but they stuck with five regular players, who did the job week in, week out, and whose opening half of the season was enough to protect against any late wobbles or comebacks.
Canton Libs finished the season strongly, much thanks to Ralph Welch’s run of victories, and nearly sneaked fourth place, passing Trecenydd quite late in the year. One point kept Penarth Road from second place, and they will think of absentees who missed games this year who might have made an impact, including Sam, who we hope has had success overseas while missing the second-place decider.
One point also separated the Mack A and Mack B sides – the name is up for grabs next year, based on performances, while Jason Hewett somehow cut in a ridiculous black to beat Graham Bailey in his final match, and seal the rankings win, ahead of Mark Bennett.
One nice note to finish on – a former winner of the rankings, who has endured a tough season, whining about how little he is playing, won his final match to end the season with a slight return of the old Symmons smile!
Well done to Savoy and Canton Libs Z who clinched the titles last night. The Premier League was of course pretty wrapped up but Bill Bainton’s Canton Libs Z side beat Taffs Well 4-1 to nick the Division One title after a long streak of victories. Full details will follow
Just the Handicap Cup to go now, with the semi-finals next week
Congratulations to Dave Standage of Cathays Cons whose win against Senghenydd last week clinched the Division One player rankings title. Dave has a remarkable 16 wins from 17 games and stands two games clear of his nearest rival, Kevin Jones from Taffs Well.