We participated in the first round of the CBL winter knock out last week and fell at the first hurdle with a 5.5 to 0.5 loss!! Congratulations to Jim Findlay and Dave Grolimund on securing the half and winning the PRGC money. The home and away format of the winter knock-out does not really suit us so this result is no surprise. So it's onwards and upwards to next years league.
The match schedule is below and included on the members calendar. I would ask that you get these dates in your diary as soon as possible. You will note from the schedule that we have 8 competitive league matches with the four other teams in our division: Aldwickbury Park, Stocks, Aylesbury Vale and Richings Park. We also have a return "friendly" CBL style match with Weston Turville. This match has been arranged in order to keep our match schedule at 10 as following the cessation of Aylesbury Park (HS2) and the temporary closure of Bushey Hall (development) the league has been reduced in size to three divisions of 5. I hope the return friendly will become part of the schedule going forward.
My final message concerns organisation. After circa 15 years I am handing over the management of the CBL to our immediate past Captain, John Verrall. In future, it will be John emailing you with requests for availability, selecting the teams and managing all the notification and logistics. I know I can rely on you all to respond to John in the same way you have with me. Organising these matches is not easy so an early response with availability (yes or no) is always very much appreciated.
That's all for now.