League Update - Last Scheduled Week

As the League enters the last scheduled week, the top three of Divisions 1 and 2 are now decided (as are the bottom two in D1), but battle still continues for the Division 3 promotion spots.

The League title has once again gone the way of Adeyfield 1st, whose 7-3 win, last week, against Flamstead 1st (despite a maximum for Flamstead's Angela Smith), gives them a winning margin over perennial rivals, Crown & Sceptre 1st, and sees them take their 24th title in 34 seasons, with one week to spare, but after a gap of two seasons where they'd been pipped to the post.  Crown & Sceptre 1st will finish 2nd, whilst Flamstead 1st will finish well clear in 3rd spot.

In Division 2, St. George's 1st had already won the title, whilst Row were already certain to be runners-up, with Adeyfield B just pipping McAlpine to 3rd spot.  At the foot of D2, whilst Flamstead B will finish bottom, Crown & Sceptre C have a five point advantage over Northchurch A for the second relegation spot, and C&S C also have the easier final fixture!

Division 3 could still go any of three ways, although things could become a lot clearer, this week, as the top four teams are all playing each other!  It may not finally be decided this week, as there are still a couple of Postponements yet to be completed, but the two matches, Northchurch B versus St. George's A and Adeyfield C versus Flamstead A, could be decisive, in what has been an incredibly close division, all season.

Next week sees the Wren Cup and Plate Finals on 1st May, plus the delayed Closed Championships Open Doubles, on 2nd May, with just a further two weeks left for the relatively few Postponed matches to be completed, which will conclude the competitions for another season, with just the League AGM then on Tuesday, 5th June at Adeyfield Hall, starting at 8pm.

Author: via Hemel Hempstead Table Tennis League
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