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Winter league: the final round

2013/14 Winter League WinnersThe final round of the Cornwall Winter League, held at the Star Inn, St Day, on 9 March, saw a last-minute upset at the top of the table. First place finally went to the Penzance team of Richard Lapworth and Arnaud Ruetsch, third at the end of the last round, with a cumulative total of 13 wins, 51 league points (wins plus events attended) and a points difference of +46.

Their league points score just edged Richard and Arnaud the title over runners-up Simon Penna and Rob Sullivan, who also had 13 wins but only 49 league points; Simon and Rob's points difference, however, was a magnificent +101.

Third place in the competition went to Ray Beresford and Susan Williamson: dropping a couple of games in this final match cost them the lead they had held during the two previous rounds. Their final tally was 12 wins, with 48 league points and +61.

In fourth place came Pete 'PD' Downing and Graeme Kirkham, with 11 wins, followed by Sue Hardy and Markku Hypponen with 8, just ahead on league points of Pete English and Roy Pemberton (aided in this round by Terry) who also had 8 wins.

Andrew and Sarah Jarvis took seventh place with 7 wins, closely followed by Colin 'Boot' Booth and Barney Knapp, also with 7 but lagging on league points. Boot and Barney's late return to the competition caused much of the upset at the top of the table, as the draw put them against both the second- and third- placed teams and they won both games.

The 2014 Kernow season will open with the traditional Easter Egg Shoot on Sunday 13 April; the Summer League (triples) starts on Sunday 27 April. Watch this space for details.


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