Weekend Report - BICC catch-up games
There were three catch-up BICC games this weekend, which concluded the 2017/2018 season for several counties.
In the Premier, a valiant effort from Devon against Lancashire saw them seal a 20-16 victory, however it still left them 5 points short of West Midlands and confirmed that they will be returning to Division 1 next season, along with Cambridgeshire. Lancashire are now 25 points clear of Glamorgan, who have one more game to play later this month. Outstanding performances from Lancashire’s Jo Clements (27.33) and Devon’s Marie O’Brien (25.05) in the Ladies A. Top Men’s average came from Lancashire B player Gary Davey (30.66).
London’s 22-14 win over Gwent have ensured they remain in Division 1 next season and have left Surrey 14 points off eight-placed Dorset. With both teams still to play one more match, Surrey have their work cut out if they are to avoid relegation. Gwent’s Chris Savvery (23.74) claimed the highest ladies weekend average for the second game running. London’s Conan Whitehead (28.28) was just pipped for the weekends top spot by Gwent’s Nick Kenny (28.61).
The final match of the weekend saw Gwynedd emerge victorious over Cleveland. Although the results have pushed Gwynedd into second place, with only eight points between them and seventh-placed Hertfordshire, the upcoming matches between Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Worcestershire will undoubtedly change the current order, as all three are still in the running for promotion. Lakeside favourite, Martin Phillips (29.47) had the highest average of the weekend, with Cleveland’s Carla Boyes (22.77) taking the honours in the Ladies.
Additionally, congratulations to Cleveland’s Allan Edwards, currently sat second in the divisional averages, who successfully joined the select few players who have won all nine of their matches this season!