Handicap Cup 2018 - Preliminary Rounds Results

 

GROUP A FIXTURES

1st Week

West Essex

7 – 2

Leyhall

 

1st Week

Heathcote B

4 – 5

Heathcote A

 

2nd Week

Heathcote A

6 – 3

West Essex

 

2nd Week

Leyhall

7 – 2

Heathcote B

 

3rd Week

Heathcote B

2 – 7

West Essex

 

3rd Week

Leyhall

2 – 7

Heathcote A

 

 

GROUP B FIXTURES

1st Week

Heathcote D

3 – 6

Forest Community A

 

1st Week

Forest Community C

6 – 3

Forest Community D

 

2nd Week

Forest Community D

4 – 5

Heathcote D

 

2nd Week

Forest Community A

5 – 4

Forest Community C

 

3rd Week

Heathcote D

6 – 3

Forest Community C

 

3rd Week

Forest Community D

5 ­– 4

Forest Community A

 

 

GROUP C FIXTURES

1st Week

Forest Community B

4 – 5

Heathcote C

 

1st Week

Leyton Bus Garage

7 – 2

Walthamstow Cricket Club

 

2nd Week

Heathcote C

2 – 7

Leyton Bus Garage

 

2nd Week

Walthamstow Cricket Club

6 – 3

Forest Community B

 

3rd Week

Forest Community B

2 – 7

Leyton Bus Garage

 

3rd Week

Walthamstow Cricket Club

7 – 2

Heathcote C

 

 

 

Team

Matches won

Sets won

Games won

Semi-Finalists

GROUP A

 

 

 

 

Heathcote A

3

 

 

Group Winner

West Essex

2

17

 

Best Runner-Up

Leyhall

1

 

 

 

Heathcote B

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROUP B

 

 

 

 

Forest Community A

2

15

 

Group Winner

Heathcote D

2

14

 

 

Forest Community C

1

 

 

 

Forest Community D

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROUP C

 

 

 

 

Leyton Bus Garage

3

 

 

Group Winner

Walthamstow Cricket Club

2

15

 

 

Heathcote C

1

 

 

 

Forest Community B

0

 

 

 

 

 Handicap Cup Semi-Finals

 

The following Handicap Cup semi-final matches are now scheduled:

 

Heathcote A vs. West Essex on Monday March 5th at Heathcote, and

Forest Community A vs. Leyton Bus Garage on Tuesday 6th March at Heathcote,

 

 

Tom Jones, K.O. Competition Secretary.      

 

 

 

NOTICE TO ALL TEAM CAPTAINS:

WALTHAM FOREST TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE – HANDICAP CUP

 

 

12 teams have been drawn into 3 groups of 4 teams. All teams have three matches (fixtures) to be played in their group-stage rounds.

 

The format remains as a Round-Robin in the groups, and the group-stage matches (fixtures) will take place over the first, second and third weeks of the competition.

 

I attach the schedule of group-stage fixtures, the Individual Handicap List, and the Handicap Grid Chart.

 

Detailed below are the rules for this year’s League Handicap Cup competition:

·                     Eligibility - League Rule 17. [C]: Only players registered with the WFTTL shall be eligible to play in these competitions, and from the SEMI-FINALS, only players who have played in FOUR or more LEAGUE matches at the time of such round shall be eligible to compete. This will not include any postponed matches that the player may have played in, had the match been played; nor where a walkover has been given by the opposing team. Permission MAY be given for a player NOT qualifying on such basis by the K.O. Competition Secretary, and then only if it is considered that the player substituting is of EQUAL or LESSER ability. Application for such permission must be received by the Cup Secretary in writing.

·                     Playing Order: Three players in each team as usual. Players should be ranked and allocated numbers 1 to 3 in the team on the scorecard in descending handicap group order. For example, A, B, C = 1, 2, 3.

·                     Please remember to score each match in sets, not games. Each of the 9 sets is the best of 3 games (21-up), and will be scored with a “1” to indicate whether the Home team or Away team won that set. The total, aggregate number of sets won by each team will determine the winning team.

·                     “Playing Up” or “Playing Down” in Cup Competition Matches

Just as with regular League matches, it is the spirit of the Cup competition matches that all teams should be fielded from the same squads of players throughout the season, as far as possible. It is understood however that such factors as unexpected illness or clashes of other commitments will necessitate the occasional use of substitute players to ensure a full team turnout.

In order to continue to ensure full team turnouts for all Cup competition matches, the rules concerning the restrictions on players ‘playing up’ or ‘playing down’ which apply to League matches shall not apply to Cup competition matches, providing that every effort has been made to organise teams in accordance within the spirit of the competitions described above. That is: that teams shall remain composed of players from the squads which were registered at the start of the season, as far as possible. Where substitutes are necessary, these should preferably be of a comparable standard to the missing players.

If it becomes apparent that manipulation of teams by clubs is taking place to gain an advantage – for example, where a team gets to a semi-final or final match and is then composed of significantly stronger players – steps may be taken to impose rules to restrict such player-mobility in future seasons. Your conscientious co-operation is therefore requested to maintain the fairness of future Cup competitions.

·                     Late Arrivals: Where it is agreed to allow a player to play who is expected to arrive after the start time, that player shall complete his/her outstanding sets immediately on arrival.

·                     Walkovers: A Walkover may occur if it is conceded by one team (the first team) that it is unable to meet another team (the second team) to play a particular match fixture, and agrees to allow the second team to win that match by default. A Walkover is never desirable, and should always be avoided by making every effort to play the match in question, even if it means postponing the date of the match by mutual agreement, and with the approval of the K. O. Competition Secretary. Where a Walkover does occur, the minimum number of points required for the winning of the fixture shall be awarded to the second team, in the same spirit as that of League Rule 13 [C]. In Handicap Cup matches this shall be construed as a win by 5 sets to nil.

 

All matches (fixtures) consist of 9 sets: 6 singles sets and 3 doubles sets. The scoring system is: one point for each set won (i.e. 9-0, 8-1, 7-2, 6-3 or 5-4). The object is to win the greatest number of sets, thereby winning the match.

 

The winners of Groups A, B and C will go through to the Semi-Finals. A team will win its group-stage and progress to the Semi-Finals if it wins the greatest number of matches in its group.

Where there is a tie for matches won, then the total aggregate number of sets won will be calculated to confirm the Semi-Final place. In case of a further tie, then the total aggregate number of games won (and, if necessary, individual points won) will decide.

 

The fourth qualifying place for the Semi-Finals will come from the best overall Runner-up, which shall be determined as follows:

·         Firstly, put to one side those three teams which are Group Winners, as they are automatically through to the Semi-Finals.

·         Then, of all the remaining teams, select the team with the greatest number of matches won.

·         Where there is a tie between two or more teams for matches won, select the team with the greatest number of sets won.

·         In case of a further tie, then the total aggregate number of games won (and, if necessary, individual points won) will determine the fourth Semi-Final place.

 

I enclose the score-cards for the group-stage matches, showing opponents, dates and venues of matches.

 

Please ensure that the score-cards are fully completed, including both Team Captains’ signatures, and returned to me promptly, by both teams, at the address shown on the back of the score-card.

Don’t forget that a stamp is required, and a speedy return of the card would be much appreciated.

Alternatively, you may scan and e-mail the copy to me at: tg.jones1@btinternet.com

Failure to return a scorecard will incur a fine of £2.00.

 

If, for any reason, the match is not able to be played, the HOME Team Captain should inform me of the re-scheduled match date.

 

I would remind you that teams failing to fulfil a fixture in any group-stage match will not be eligible for the following rounds of the competition, and will be fined £10.00.

 

Semi-Finals will be played during week commencing Monday 5th March 2018. A further draw will take place to determine which teams play which in the Semi-Finals.

 

The Final will be played during week commencing Monday 12th March 2018.

 

Wishing you all an enjoyable competition,

 

Tom.        

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